Life, Love, and Dirty Diapers

Being Female in the Recording Industry

on November 13, 2011

I read this article and I’m still not sure what to think. It seems like a really big mixed bag. On the one hand, they say that being a woman doesn’t effect their careers, which is great, because especially in a male-dominated industry, like the recording industry, it is a rarity. Plus, it means that women are seen on more equal footing. In fact, other people seem to treat it like it’s cool (which it is). And they say sexism doesn’t exist . . .

But . . . one of the panelists said, “Just don’t get pregnant.” So wait, there’s no sexisim, but would you ever give that advice to a man? Would you ever say to a man, “Just don’t have children?” Now I understand that women do the actual physical work of being pregnant and having the baby, but I think statements like those put women in hard positions. Where they have to chose between having a family or having a career. And should women have to choose that? Why aren’t men ever put in that position to choose between having a family or having a career?

There is nothing wrong with a woman who wants to work and also have a family. The workforce shouldn’t penalize her because she wants to have a family. It doesn’t penalize men in the same way.


2 responses to “Being Female in the Recording Industry

  1. Kate says:

    (I think you may of forgot the link to the article.) I’d be hesitant to say “Why aren’t men ever put in that position to choose between having a family or having a career” I think they often are!! But at some point *someone* has to make the money for the family. And the workforce does penalize men for having a family, paternity leave is often hard to come by and usually is significantly less than the leave afforded women, which is 12 weeks guaranteed leave for a full time job under federal regulation.

    • Melissa says:

      It’s there on the end if you click on source. I see your points and it’s true, but I still think it’s not quite the same as the pressure put on women to not have children. I don’t think men in this situation would ever get the same advice “Just don’t have kids.” I think in terms of paternity leave and maternity leave, I think those are because our society as a whole are less family friendly than other societies. In some countries, they get up to a year, to be divided by the parents between mother and father however they see fit. 12 weeks is on the low end. I think while they do end up having to choose, it doesn’t come across in the same way.

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