Women’s Choirs Make Solos Seem Lonely
Whether it’s Smash, American Idol, Glee, Black Swan or even Showgirls, in popular culture female artists are so often portrayed as highly competitive, unable and unwilling to work collaboratively with other women, each one out to sabotage the others’ chances for success. I mean, just try having a conversation about a female pop star where the word “diva” doesn’t pop up. Or, what about actresses like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence? Have you seen a discussion about them or their work that doesn’t, somehow, become polarizing? And chances are you saw, and probably passed along, last month’s “sorority email,” dripping with all the horrible preconceptions about the cattiness that ensues when women get together.
None of this is to suggest that such sexism is necessarily reflected in the day-to-day of our local arts scene; nonetheless, it’s still true that it’s unusual for most people to see a large group of women working together cheerfully, creating new music collaboratively, harmoniously and in a very public way.
July 7, 2013 / Deborah Carver
Categories: Arts Writing
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