Popular online gear forum Gearslutz has announced that it is rebranding as ‘Gearspace’, after more than 18 years.
The site, which describes itself as ‘The No.1 Website For Pro Audio’, has come under criticism for years for its name.
Common complaints about the ‘Gearslutz’ name include:
- It’s unprofessional – the site has grown from being a gear forum to being one of the world’s most important resources for musicians, so many think that they name should evolve along with the site;
- It’s sexist – the inclusion of ‘slut’ in the name is offensive and exclusionary; and
- It’s blocked at work – the fact that the name incorporates ‘slut’ means that it’s blocked by many company’s proxy servers/firewalls – so you can’t check out the site at work.
Gearspace says that “Our aim is for the new name to be more inclusive and better suited to professional environments and the audio education world.”
The changes are expected to be completed by mid-April 2021.