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Music and Gender Musicology 139
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Biologically determined categories sex – male – Female – intersex (estimated at 1 in 1,500 births, not including those subtle variations in sex anatomy, some of which appear later in life*) * Statistics from Brown University researcher Anne Fausto-Sterling
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Culturally constructed categories gender – masculine – feminine – androgynous
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Masculine Rational, powerful Universal (the default)
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Feminine Intuition, feeling, imagination Erotic, sensuous
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Power Masculine power – musicology was primarily male discipline; musicians, conductors, composers Feminine power - traditional European thought equated power of music with erotic power women s bodies have over men
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Primarily about recognition rather than rights (different type of activism) Absence of women in history and as professionals revealed something about our own culture outside of music and about the specific nature of musicology
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2012 for the course MUSICOL 139 taught by Professor Castro during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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