Critical practices that get the side-eye

screwrocknroll:

Male critics who say they “prefer women artists” or just “aren’t that into” music made by men.

  • First, because I don’t believe ‘em. Not because it’s an impossible or absurd stance, but because I doubt their ability to self-report.
  • Second, because exoticizing an entire gender isn’t a critical stance. Thinking women have a magical ability to conjure up good music is as dumb as those dudes who are all like “yeah, I’m not sexist, I just don’t like women’s voices” or whatever. 
F’real doe, you’re far more likely to run into the kind of far-more-damaging male critic who isn’t prepared to enjoy music made by a woman unless it conforms closely to traditionally masculine models of artistry, but these fake-progressives, albeit rarer, are hella foolish as well.

You know the best way to write about female musicians? Treat them like musicians, perhaps? You know, hold them to the same standards? Putting a particular gender/race/whatever bullshit social divide is condescending, and being astounded by them having the same technical and emotional depth is just plain silly. Everybody is on the same playing field. The world is flat.

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    You know the best way to write about female musicians? Treat them like musicians, perhaps? You know, hold them to the...
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    Oh! Are we talking about generalized aesthetic preference or opinions about music that is new to us? None of what I said...
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    What exactly is this in response to? I tried to bring this up a bit in the last Rock Roundtable, and I think Sabina’s...
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