The XX-Chromosome Question
A few weeks ago, Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies Department in UCD, went onto Vincent Browne’s night-time talk-show. In the course of the programme, she made some not-too-out-there comments about the lack of critical journalism in this country and the general conservative/right-wing slant in the media in Ireland, a slant that is so endemic and ingrained that it has become accepted as objective truth. She was subjected to a torrent of abuse on Twitter, some of it overtly sexist.
She was interviewed on Mediabite last week, and part of the interview touched on the events of the week before.
I got asked recently to take part in a gig organised by The Irish Feminist Network on the 8th of March. By the time I got back to them, the bill had been filled, but it still got me to thinking. A gig on International Women’s Day, consisting of a solely female line-up – how do I feel about that? Eehhh, fine, no problem there. Sometimes a quota, or favourable discrimination, is needed to assist a minority group (especially if the minority includes 50% of the population). Will the sound engineer be a woman too?
The Women’s Audio Mission are a San Francisco-based organisation that provide training, support, and general “you can do it!” for women and girls looking to work in production and recording. Hmm, I wonder about starting such a thing here. A few years in the future, but there’s no harm in thinking about it now.
There is, of course, a wider issue here. As ever, eh. More chewing on this bone will follow.