Re: Numbers & Gender

Subject: Re: Numbers & Gender
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Thu Jan 13 2005 - 07:29:28 EST

There may also be the 'definition' aspect of this, not from the
gender side, but from the 'limits' of electroacoustics (and just when
I thought it was safe not to get into definitions). This is based
upon experience here at Concordia.

The ratios in Concordia's "Major in Electroacoustic Studies" are
seriously male dominated, but these ratios need to be seen in
context. (The Minor in EaSt has a different ratio.)

While there are only about 70 - 80 students in the Major in EaSt,
there are probably 500 - 600 (or more) students registered in sound
and sound-related courses across the university. Ea (or equivalent
courses) are offered in Journalism, Communication Studies, Film
Studies, Multi-media, Integrated Media, (the former) Digital Image
and Sound, Art Education, Open Media, Information Technology ... and
this does not include students who are taking sound courses for use
in other areas (sculpture, dance, theater etc).

The range of activities that use the electricity > acoustic energy
tool is very wide (thus accounting for my personal preference for ea
being about the transduction of electricity into sound =
loudspeaker). Upon leaving the Department of Music, the gender ratios
change quite a lot, but this is because each area is able to cater to
different aims and degrees of focus; the Major in EaSt is not the
only game in town.

While ratios are useful, the context in terms of absolute numbers
would also be useful (as the Subject is Numbers & Gender, not ratios
and gender).

For comparison (or not), the jazz vocal area at Concordia (with about
30 - 40 students) is 85 - 90% female, while guitar, bass and drums
run about the same percentage, but inverted.



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