A couple of weeks ago, guest Hoyden Orlando asked why Triple J’s first draft of a “potted history of music” failed to showcase significant numbers of women. (The history has since been edited.)
The “Hottest 100 Of All Time” has since aired, and audiences have been shocked to find that only two songs in the top 100 – two! – were sung by women. Only six female-fronted songs made it into the second batch of 100, so it wasn’t as though the men just edged women out in the final vote – women are just overwhelmingly absent. This sort of discrepancy doesn’t happen by accident; we can quibble about the locus of the problem till we’re blue in the face, but it’s a clear sign of entrenched, largely-invisible sexism in action. Quibbling about the locus is pointless because the locus is everywhere. This is the Matrix.
TripleJ afternoon talkback show Hack today called for a bit of feedback on the testostofest finale. It was great to hear people phoning in making intelligent and feminist observations – women and men both.
A couple of folks stood out as particularly unhelpful, of course, too. One bloke phoned in talking about how women just can’t sing with the same emotion as men can, which was an eyeroll moment. And JJJ presenter Zan Rowe was flailingly defensive, taking the “It’s not us, it’s you!” approach and saying over and over and over again that it was “democratic” and not Triple J’s fault, instead of engaging with the issue in a substantive way or taking responsibility for a plan of action.
Listen to the show for yourself in an hour or so if you’re in WA, or wait for the podcast to be up on the Triple J site. The show can now be downloaded (it will be up for a week) at the Hack site.
– Check out the latest buzz on the #hottest100 on Twitter
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– girlie jones: “Hottest 100 and Sexism”
– Fuck Politeness: “Hi, we’re women, we make up OVER half the population”
– Larvatus Prodeo: “JJJ Hottest 100: Women free edition”
– a shiny new coin: “to have a voice”
– Articulate: “Why are the hottest artists male?”
– Lip Magazine: “hottest 100 of all time a “cock forest””
– Godard’s Letterboxes: “Hottest (white male) 100”
– ONTD Australia: “Triple J Hottest 100 of all time…”
dogpossum: “jjj’s hottest 100: where was Lil Armstrong?!”