Go Girls, a space of sorority and freedom of speech

Lucie Marmiesse is a freelance press agent and Chloé Barabé is a musician in the garage rock group We Hate You Please Die. Both created the Go Girls Instagram page dedicated to women working in culture. The concept is simple, a photo and then three questions: “who am I?”, “The obstacles one encountered?”, “The factors that help?”. A short format that allows you to discover the profile and journey of strangers and celebrities, of all ages and from all walks of life. Meeting with Lucie Marmiesse.

How were Go Girls born?

I launched the platform last October so it is fairly new. Alongside my activities as a press officer, I do photography, and I had the idea to launch this Instagram page because I heard a lot of statements from different people, friends, meetings, which I did. And I got really tired. I wanted to do something on my scale. Making things happen is a big word. But I wanted to create this space with sisterhood, freedom of speech, trust. I talked about it with Chloé, who found the project cool, and she was involved. I want this project to create some attention. And there are lots of initiatives, More women on stage, Majors … I think it’s with all these initiatives that we can get things going.

Why do you think it is important to highlight women in the culture?

Because we do not do enough. And because they have to double their efforts. This is stated in the various statements on the page. They have to do ten times more than men to find a place for themselves and to be heard.

Lucie Marmiesse and Chloé Barabé © Go Girls

Are there any similarities in the testimonies you gather?

Yes of course. Work twice as much as I said. Sexist remarks. For example, during the concerts, when the musicians go on stage, we think they are kids of the other members of the group. And then it goes from simple sexist remarks to harassment or sexual assault during professional parties.

And then the boundary in the musical industry is porous between the professional and the personal space.

Yes, absolutely. Even in the cinema. We posted the testimony of Margaux who said she was attacked during a professional evening. I talked to a stylist who worked in the cinema. She told me that unlike music, they do not necessarily have parties. But this area of ​​work does not necessarily protect them from sexist reflections. But there was not this thing where you can find yourself alone in the evening. To go home alone, or to have to deal with GHB.

How do you find the women who testify at Go Girls?

In the last few months, some have come to write to us directly on Instagram. And if not, it’s really word of mouth. In fact, I started Go Girls, just before the MaMA festival in Paris, where I took pictures. I was able to make contacts. As soon as I met someone, he told me that my project might interest one of their acquaintances. And even today, the people I meet put me in touch with other people. Go Girls has portrayed a lot of people who work with music because I also work in the industry and then it’s easier to make contacts, but I’m really trying to expand. Because Go Girls is about women in culture and not just in music. There are photographers, writers, girls working in the theater, the cinema. I am looking for people who are working with technology at the moment, to really have varied profiles.

And how does that happen then? How do you get on?

Usually I contact these women on Instagram. I ask them if they want to testify. Then we make an appointment, we meet. We usually drink coffee. We take the picture and I ask them to send me their testimony. Sometimes they do it before. Chloé, she took care of the logo. She designs testimonials for Instagram.

Is it hard for these women to testify? Has anyone rejected?

There are some for whom it is complicated. There are some for whom it takes months to send me their testimony. Already talking about yourself is a complicated exercise, but giving up is something even more complex. For example, someone sent me her opinion and she told me she was not ready to send it directly, that she should return to it. I also met people who told me that it had been good for them to write this testimony, that they had not necessarily taken the time to go back over what had happened before, and that writing made it a little easier for them.

Is it complicated to manage to receive this word?

Around November-December, I received a whole lot of statements. And it was hard at first. I’m a pretty sensitive person and I had a hard time putting a protective filter on. I think I took a step back and I have to. If you’re a fungus, you can ‘t handle it. Afterwards, Go Girls is still positive, that’s what I want to be. Therefore, there is the question of the factors that help to overcome the obstacles. I did not want it to be a closed thing. I wanted an opening so that the future generation could be inspired by it. Give them examples. I just turned 35 and for my generation we did not have that kind of platform as a teenager. Even girls on stage, in high school, it was rare. I had feedback that told me it was inspiring to read all of these statements. And then by chance it gets to know people, structures, to expand a network.

A few weeks ago there was a Go Girls party, are you planning to host others?

It was an informal thing between the girls who testified so they all meet. I have in mind to make an evening a little more prepared with a conference, concerts, a photo exhibition. But it requires more preparation. We will make other informal evenings so people can talk to each other. And then, on September 18, we attend the Marriage Day in Evreux. There will be round tables, conferences.

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