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Subject: A Bitter Pill For Feminists
From: Genevieve Castle Room <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Genevieve Castle Room <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:02:10 -0500

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Yesterday morning on Twitter a woman named Rebecca Lentjes who describes
herself as 'an ethnomusicologist in training and a feminist activist'
tweeted the following:

>"Today we marvel NOT ONLY at Kaija Saariaho's impressive achievement [her
opera L'Amour de Loin] BUT ALSO the extreme long-form misogyny of the
Metropolitan Opera"

This ridiculous kind of assertion is part of the PC culture in this country
that is currently in decline.... Or so I hope. Personally, I would happily
acknowledge the greatness of a work by a female composer. And so would most
lovers of music... especially those in New York City, one of the most
liberal-minded cities in the United States. But the problem has been that
women composers of extraordinary talent have been few and far between. Not
so with talented women writers who have been plentiful even though they
have suffered much discrimination: the Brontë sisters, Virginia Woolf, Jane
Austen, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Louisa May Alcott,
Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Mitchell, J. K. Rowling and countless others!
But I can't think of a single major female composer... not a single one.

Kaija Saariaho is still not a known quantity and other female composers
today like Jennifer Higdon, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Thea Musgrave, and those
from the past (Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck Schumann, Mary Cheney) have
never made a substantial mark.

The late musicologist Karen Monson said years ago that you cannot suppress
a talent on the order of Mozart and since no female composer ever
demonstrated anything approaching that it is obvious that music is not an
area in which women excel. They may be the equal or even superior to men in
literature or other arts... but in music the evidence suggests otherwise.
It may be a bitter pill for feminists to swallow but that's the way it is.

Here is my question.

What is it about this PC culture that makes so many people pretend to
believe that both genders and all ethnic groups are perfectly equal in all
endeavors? Maybe the Greeks actually were greater philosophers than the
Spartans. And maybe the English actually produced literary works greater
than the Norwegians. And I'll go out on a limb here - maybe German
composers were actually superior to Indonesian ones.... Those who deny the
obvious to be politically correct are the same ones who insist that at
airport checkpoints Swedish grandmothers must be searched just as carefully
as young Muslim males from the Middle East.

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