Sexism in music

Why is it that bands who have female vocalists are bands with a "token chick singer" while bands who have male vocalists are just regular bands? Why is it that in music reviews, (male) critics can talk purely about the quality of a band's music and performance if they have all male members, but if a band has a female member, often times the critic MUST make a comment on the attractiveness of said member, irregardless of her musical abilities? Why is it that some males don't want to listen to bands with female vocalists (even the ones who try to be "heavier" and thus "more masculine") because they think that it's "gay" or it will make them look like "pussies"? And why is it that women who bring up these issues are just being "bitches" who get "offended" too easily?

Thoughts?

2 comments

  • Matt

    Matt

    Interestingly enough, this happens across just about every medium of creative or professional work. It has been observed that a reviewer may review one collection of poems from a female author whom he does not know is female and sling accolades left and right, and upon finding out it's actually a female author completely changing his tone. I've personally never cared much for how attractive a female singer is; if she's an attractive woman, that's that, but not an "attractive singer." Try listening to I Wrestled a Bear Once. Holy shit.

    Interestingly enough, this happens across just about every medium of creative or professional work. It has been observed that a reviewer may review one collection of poems from a female author whom he does not know is female and sling accolades left and right, and upon finding out it's actually a female author completely changing his tone.

    I've personally never cared much for how attractive a female singer is; if she's an attractive woman, that's that, but not an "attractive singer." Try listening to I Wrestled a Bear Once. Holy shit.

  • V. Paganus

    V. Paganus

    Yeah, and "chic band" or "all female band" like its some kind of novelty, but just "a band" if its all male. I don't think I've ever heard the phrase "male fronted band" even though there are a few out there where the all members but the singer are female. I've gotta admit, though, women do have a reputation for being "soft" in music, even when the songs are supposedly angry. I've even seen a few articles written by women that stated things to the effect of "Screaming and yelling in rock music is a masculine way of showing anger. We women, as gentle, naturally nurturing creatures, just don't do it like that unless we are trying to imitate men." What a bunch of bull. Just look at the only sorts of bands have played the Lilith festival, and what sort of music certain feminist bookstores carry; Indigo Girls and Ani Defranco type stuff. That stuff's ok sometimes, but the really fierce or loud bands like Hole, That Dog, The Lunachicks, or Babes in Toyland were and are completely passed over.

    Yeah, and "chic band" or "all female band" like its some kind of novelty, but just "a band" if its all male. I don't think I've ever heard the phrase "male fronted band" even though there are a few out there where the all members but the singer are female.

    I've gotta admit, though, women do have a reputation for being "soft" in music, even when the songs are supposedly angry. I've even seen a few articles written by women that stated things to the effect of "Screaming and yelling in rock music is a masculine way of showing anger. We women, as gentle, naturally nurturing creatures, just don't do it like that unless we are trying to imitate men." What a bunch of bull.

    Just look at the only sorts of bands have played the Lilith festival, and what sort of music certain feminist bookstores carry; Indigo Girls and Ani Defranco type stuff. That stuff's ok sometimes, but the really fierce or loud bands like Hole, That Dog, The Lunachicks, or Babes in Toyland were and are completely passed over.

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