Sui Zhen reflects on femininity and queerness with “Being A Woman”

“Being A Woman” is taken from Sui Zhen‘s third album, Losing, Linda, out September 27 on Cascine and Dot Dash.

Earlier this summer, Melbourne’s experimental pop and performance artist Sui Zhen announced the release of her third album, Losing, Linda, which was deeply inspired by the loss of her mother. Following up on lead single “Perfect Place” (and its must-watch video) and “Matsudo City Life”, she has now unveiled a third song from the record. An empowering electro-pop mantra, “Being A Woman” reflects on femininity and queerness as she explained:

The threat of losing my mother, the person who birthed and raised me triggered these sentiments. It was just before all the #metoo stuff started coming out and I was feeling sad but empowered as if a veil had lifted – perhaps this is one of the positive impacts of grief. I recognized the ways in which I had repressed myself and was able to step away from toxic relationships and step closer to projects and people that had my best interests at heart. Perhaps one of the final pieces of this was reconciling with how I identified within myself. Looking back now, I realize I was only fully able to acknowledge my queerness since Mum’s passing. I think there’s a lot of identity baggage that gets tied up in lineage. I’m still unpacking my thoughts around this. The sense of duty, obligation and function that comes with living in a female body is both heavy and powerful. It takes so much strength to live a life as a woman.

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