Wednesday, August 21, 2002

A friend loaned me a No-Nos album (I think that it was Let Your Shadow Out), which I played, sorta, once, and returned. When I brought it back, we got in a discussion about the new Sleater-Kinney album (which I'm not buying) and he summed up a large part of my musical taste & conflict over it- "You just really don't like nasally girl punk rock, don't you?" I have agree, that pretty much sums up my problem with a lot of bands. I'm sure they've got great music, I just can't get past the voice, and it annoys me... I mentioned in an earlier post that I used to listen to a lot of the women's college canon, but pretty much stopped when I graduated. A part of me can't help feeling guilty about it; I have a few women artists that I love, but I'm ridiculously resistant these days to a lot of it. I'll be honest & say that I feel like a hypocrite about this. Part of being the only girl in an office of guy geeks makes me overly sensitive to my gender, like spending 5 minutes standing my closet and analyzing whether I can wear a skirt to work one day because I have meetings and want to be taken seriously. I feel super aware of the fact that most music genres are overly dominated by men, then frustrated that trying to change my tastes to like more music by women is an exercise in futility.

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