Women in The Music Industry: Underrepresentation, Objectification, Lack of Consideration…

I feel like a blog is the perfect place to share about what’s happening today in the music industry and the society in general, so here I am with the first thing I would like to talk about: women in the music industry. Being a female artist in today’s world is really hard, but why? I tried to focus on a few main points.

  • Male domination. When said that the industry is male dominated, people tend to contradict this affirmation by trying to name one or a few famous female instrumentalists. Of course there are, but the behaviour of noticing when a female is renowned and feeling like having to give an example points out the contrast with the ordinariness of men being musical icons. This lack of female icons leads to having no one to identify to and at the same occasion having less girls likely to start playing music (57% of the women affirm playing an instrument while it is of 84% for the men). If they do, it’s rarely to pursue a professional career.
  • Lack of consideration. A girl once told me she’s been told by a seller in a guitar shop that it was ‘just a phase’ and she’s never been taken seriously as an artist. This is a major problem for women that want to start a career, but why is there such a big lack of consideration regarding their talent? The answer is Female Objectification. Women are judged for what they look like instead of what matters: their art. Plus, society’s hyper sexualisation of women makes them being reduced to their body and not their music. I did a survey to have many ideas and real numbers. When asked if they feel like women have less chances than men to be renowned as an instrumentalist with an equal level, 77% of the women said yes. However, more than half of the men think the opposite. If it’s men that have the power but they can’t realise the problem, how hard is it to face it? I also received a few comments with my survey that proved my point: from ‘They’re hot‘ and ‘girls r fit‘ to ‘I typically see that women who are more attractive are more likely to be noticed‘ and ‘Media focus tends to be on what they look like‘. However, the thing that made me want to write down all my thoughts was a review someone did about the Female-fronted band Anteros and their performance at the Community festival. The article being called ‘She’s fit!‘, it was around 500 words describing how Laura, the singer was good looking, with clothes he found sexy and how he thought the public didn’t care about her ability to sing. The band only saved a small part of it before it got deleted (Twitter power I guess?) but here is what live reviews look like when bands have one or more female members:

 

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Is there even one comment about the music? No. At the end, women that don’t fit into society’s beauty standards can’t even get consideration while those that are considered beautiful from the popular opinion can get consideration, but not for what they are here for, and what they work hard for.

  • Technology. Music being more and more related to technology these days (it’s always been related to technology actually), added to that the double standard of men being associated to technology, it makes women being dissociated from music.

The results of the survey will follow this article for you to make up your own opinion. But if you are a girl wanting to do music and you’re reading this, give yourself the chance to do what you want. Go for it and show this industry that girls rule.

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