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“The thing about being on the majors, from the beginning, going into this, I was like, “I’m not going to be treated like a factory,” because that’s never the way it was done before. You’re talking about a major label, we’re talking about serious business; you’re not an artist anymore, you’re a business, you have to work in terms of product, you have to release a product, and I don’t really think that way at all.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I think from a major-label perspective, if you were on the flip side of things and that’s the world you were used to working in, your interpretation could be, “Oh, they’re having trouble writing songs,” when really it’s like, “No, I’m not ready to write songs, I don’t want to write a song right now, if I did write a song, it would be forced.””

 

Beth Ditto

“I hate to do what I’m told, that’s why I’m not good at 9-to-5s.”

 

Beth Ditto

“Someone told me once that Lucinda Williams takes six years between albums, and that’s what stuck to me; it’s like, you really are a factory. You don’t do things to make them, on your own time.”

 

Beth Ditto

“When you get a certain amount of media attention, I think people are like, “Where’s your other album?””

 

Beth Ditto

“You don’t pigeonhole yourself, people pigeonhole you. If the world is not at a place yet where it can just be like, “This music is gay and it’s music,” then it’s not my fault that it gets pigeonholed, it’s not the people in the band’s fault, it’s because people won’t just let music be music, people who need to put a name on something or to critique something.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I think if the world were a fair and just place, there wouldn’t even need to be a gay label.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I never said I wanted to be a singer for the rest of my life.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I’m like cheddar: Yes, other cheeses are more ooh la la, but I’m strong, mature, and oh so delicious.”

 

Beth Ditto

“A weird thing about Gossip that I’ve always said: “If I weren’t in this band, I would never listen to it.” But I would go see it. It’s a band you would go see that you don’t necessarily listen to.”

 

Beth Ditto

“My life hasn’t been conventional and it hasn’t been linear. I’ve had to make it up as I’ve gone along, which has taught me a lot. If you don’t accept the obvious options that are laid out for you, it’s up to you to work out where you’re going and to create your own specific rules and goals.”

 

Beth Ditto

“Just like my straight friends, I am repeatedly asked when I plan to have kids, and have been told many times, by various branches of my bloodline, that “even lesbians can have babies these days.””

 

Beth Ditto

“I’ve never had a very quiet voice. I tried in choir to make it smaller, and it just didn’t work out. And I listened to a lot of soul music when I was growing up on my own accord. But I was mostly into Mama Cass and Gladys Knight, and they all had big voices too; just different than mine.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I feel dance and pop music genres are extremely female and extremely gay. When it comes to art and pop culture, queers are f – king weirdos. We don’t have gender rules that tell us what we can and can’t be. We just make it up as we go along. We have full creative license to be whatever we want to be.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I’m constantly thinking about what I’ll do next. I never count on music being a career of longevity. I mean, longevity is key, and I hope that it lasts, but you just don’t know, because it’s not in your hands, you don’t make the decision.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I’m a feminist, of course, and I feel as if I’m very politically correct, although I do question what’s PC and what’s not – I don’t just accept what I’m told.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I worshipped Ethel Merman and I worshipped Ethel Merman a lot. It’s incredible – Ethel Merman was a conventional singer. Her naming her child Ethel Merman, Jr., was, to me, one of the coolest feminist things.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I always think that people think that women in music are always angry. I’m not angry. Rock ‘n’ roll music made by men is so much more over-the-top aggressive than when a women says “you” and they’re screaming it, it’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ I’m like, ‘Have you heard rock music made by men?'”

 

Beth Ditto

“I was born to be married. I just feel comfortable there. I love the idea of being partnered for ever. I love my girlfriend, we’ve been best friends since I was 18. There’s not a thing we haven’t been through except for marriage… We’ve had talks about what we would name our kids since we were in our 20s.”

 

Beth Ditto

“I want to make the IKEA of clothes for fat girls and boys. Cheap, affordable, basic – but ethically made. Basics, you know? Like Spanx – I’m still confused as to why retailers haven’t ripped them off yet and done it well. It’s because they don’t understand the basics behind it. I love Spanx. I’m wearing ’em right now!”

 

Beth Ditto