I remember when my former sister-in-law was in Med School – she told stories about how she had to be so much better than the guys because of discrimination as a female. This was back in the 1980s.
Since I’ve been pursuing music over the past 4 years, I’ve been noticing a disturbingly similar trend in this male-dominated music industry, especially when it comes to producing. It’s such a guys’ club, in Nashville it’s downright a “good ol boys club,.” (Even in classes I took, other women jumped down my throat when I spoke the obvious about fewer women in the industry – go figure!)
I recently experienced a weird discriminatory experience from a music executive in L.A. and I was shocked. And pissed off! It feels like the music industry is the last to get the memo about female equality.
There are two kinds of men in the world (more, I’m sure, but these are the two I’ve had to deal with): (1) men who support me and (2) men who are threatened by me (and other strong women) and either get-in-my-face or dismiss me. That is not a pretty sight!
I was a bit annoyed with the recent #metoo movement, maybe because, as one woman said, it made women victims. I even wrote a song (Wise Woman) and threw in a line about how she fought her own battles with none of this #metoo stuff.
But after yesterday’s encounter, I felt the same helplessness and rage and frustration. But I refuse to be a victim. So, I have two choices: (1) retreat or (2) keep moving forward, pursuing what it is I want to pursue in music.
I’m choosing number two.
Note: If you’re pursuing music production, you might want to look for other women who have paved or are paving the way. Check out my previous post, Becoming One with your DAW, Empowering Women in Music Production, for resources.