Re: what was that?


Subject: Re: what was that?
From: Linda Seltzer (lseltzer@alumni.caltech.edu)
Date: Tue Aug 16 2005 - 16:53:50 EDT


>Perhaps there are some things in life which are not gender-related. ?

But some of the things that *are* gender-related include:
hiring, promotions, salary (little things like survival),
inclusion in scholarly articles, books, concerts, etc.,
inclusion of women's work in music history classes and
musical analysis classes...

First let's talk about the retirement benefits of my generation
of women composers as compared to all of those men who had their
academic careers made by the funding on the System Development
Foundation (Rand Corporation) in the early 1980's. Then I'll
worry about all of those fun non-gender-related things. Of course,
people from Canada live in Lotus Land where there is government-
sponsored health plans, so discrimination does affect survival here.
In NJ there are 800,000 people between the ages of 45-64 who don't
have health insurance and who are waiting for Medicare to start.
Next year my health insurance expires and I could become one of those
people. So I do take seriously the matter of white males with
less talent, ability and education getting all of those plum
academic jobs with full benefits while women are "free-lancers."
If I had to rely on the egalitarian sentiment of the computer music
community I would be in a homeless shelter.

The comment about thinking about non-gender-related things is
another example of not listening when women are saying something
serious.
Thank heaven for real estate investing.



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