Not being on "Team Bublé": Musicians, Gender and Unspeakable Inequalities

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  1. Decius says:

    >Gender segregation is common in orchestras, starting firstly with choice of instrument – research shows that certain instruments (strings and woodwind) are seen as feminine, whilst brass and percussion are viewed as masculine and largely taken up by male students. This is crucial as the choices made by musicians as to what instrument to play can play a significant role in their future prospects. The choice of musical instrument affects what kinds of musical ensembles can be played in, which has an effect on future earnings and chances of employment.

    >So, perhaps women simply chose to be in areas with lower status and prestige? When it comes to gender equality, much is said regarding the notion of ‘choice’. The idea that women ‘choose’ not to work, or ‘choose’ low pay or low status roles, is often put forwards as an explanation of gender difference in employment.

    Do female musicians ‘choose’ what instrument(s) they play?

  2. Chris says:

    I believe it’s possible you’re approaching the topic from the wrong angle. My understanding of the gender equality movement (and I say this with only historical understanding) is that its purpose was to allow a person regardless of gender to enjoy the same opportunities with equivalent expectations. I didn’t interpret that as meaning all professions or vocations would have an even 50/50 gender contribution. The concept of absolute equality is in fact logically unnatural. Men and women are simply chemically/physically/biologically different. I think seperate but equal has already been rendered a flawed methodology, so we’re, as a society, limited to either artificially mandating absolute equality statutorily or giving our best efforts toward clearing a path that allows free choice and expression. Take a moment to examine fields like physics and economics. There is a noticeable trend that, when left unimpeded, nature has a graceful way of achieving balance over time. It’s not always mathematically equal (IE. 2 hydrogenated per oxygen), but it’s effective. You’re almost certainly correct that stigmas could be a deciding factor in many cases. In others, the performers may have been able to objectively identify which instrument best represented themselves. Don’t expect terms like masculine and feminen to lose their impact over night tho. Look around us and realize they’re almost universal constants. Take solace in the fact that many people benefit from the results of stigmas. It helps readily identify exceptional characters.

  3. Brannon Bollinger says:

    The members of “Team Buble” are his regular touring band. The members of the string section are, largely, local hired guns. He probably doesn’t even know their names, much less had an entire introduction with a solo and graphics drawn up for each one of them.

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