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Matt McLennan Professor Pawlak Jazz History Section #2 10 March 2010 Keeping Time #3: Jazz and Gender During the War Years Male domination has been a common theme throughout the entire history of human life. Some relate it to their size and strength while others believe the power lies in intellectual capability. Today it has been proven that men and women are different in several ways; however, one sex is not greater than the other in every aspect. Jazz culture and its development over the decades is another example of a primarily male dominated culture. Although women played their part in the history of this genre, men typically led the way and were often given the most credit regardless of their true contribution. In chapter 25 of Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History by Robert Walser, five articles are listed in reference to the role of women in jazz. Many share contrasting opinions; however, all address the role of women in jazz and their personal opinion on this subject. Although a few of the articles highlight the importance of women in jazz, most ridicule the opposite sex and further enhance the idea that sexual tensions were indeed high during the thirties. The first article selected is titled “Why Women Musicians Are Inferior”. This selection makes several firm judgements, and unsurprisingly, the author chose to remain anonymous. They open the article with a firm question that accentuates the idea that women are looked down upon before they even begin.
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