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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Eric Grandy: Vile Misogynist?

posted by on July 23 at 11:15 AM

Bee tee dubs, regarding this riot of a comments thread, TacocaT and I are now totally BFFs (and one of us might be a little flushed). See:


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oh well thank gawd.

Posted by a | July 23, 2008 12:00 PM

just die already

Posted by who fuckin cares | July 23, 2008 1:06 PM

i don't think anyone called you a misogynist but the industry at large. and girlgerms dropped the tacocat topic pretty readily (though others continued to discuss them). while your character is repeatedly under fire amidst this blog i don't think that was the case yesterday.

also just as i do not think it's okay for folks to attack you personally i do not think that it was kosh for contributors to attack grlgrms either. i thought she was fairly respectful and brought up some worthwhile points. but hell i guess that's part n parcel of the open forum.

furthermore not being misogynist isn't the same as being feminist, sympathetic to feminist concerns and/or actively working to dismantle sexist trends in one's field. again this is not a personal attack. i respect your work and your paper very much but that does not put either above constructive criticism.

oh and cute photo.

Posted by 4th waver | July 23, 2008 3:46 PM

Well, in fact, at least one commenter went beyond a critique of the industry at large to accuse the Stranger's music section specifically of a "misogynist slant." Being the head of said music section, that amounts more or less to calling me a misogynist. "Vile," I think, is just a cute word that doesn't get thrown around as much as it should.

And, of course, not being misogynist is not the same thing as being actively or sympathetically feminist. Our music section doesn't really have much of a cause beyond promoting good music and panning bad music, but I think we do a fairly good job of being friendly to a variety of artists, male, female, gay , straight, etc, etc.If you want explicitly feminist music reviews, I know Bitch has a few pages devoted to album reviews each issue.

Posted by Eric Grandy | July 23, 2008 4:19 PM

not looking for explicitly feminist writing but more female writers as i think would be representative of readership and the music community. perhaps music criticism is simply not where ladies are looking to insert themselves.

i am interested in an answer to the final question in the last thread regarding hiring practices. i do not recall the position being advertised here. if you are looking predominantly at writers you already know this might perpetuate the established demographic.

all said i will look elsewhere for more female voices on the music journalism front. thanks for taking the time to respond. keep up the good work.

Posted by 4th waver | July 23, 2008 8:30 PM

What difference does it make if a rock journalist is male or female?

Posted by eastside | July 23, 2008 11:25 PM

if a rock journalist is male they can pee standing up!

Posted by ski | July 24, 2008 8:16 AM

The issue gets even more sillier and funnier when you realize that the majority of The Stranger's life, The head music editors were women, or people obsessed with feminist political bands. I think Everett True fell into both categories. :)

Posted by godsactionfigure | July 24, 2008 10:24 PM

Grandy you aren't a misogynist. Just a CHODE!

Posted by misspennycandy | July 25, 2008 12:27 AM

maybe i'm missing something, but i thought that your article on tacocat was a near perfect articulation of why they are a disappointment as a band. i consider myself a feminist, which is exactly why i find it frustrating to watch a band of ladies appropriate the energy and sound of riot grrl, but leave behind all the ideals.
yes, women are highly marginalized (and objectified) in the music industry; that's why a band that channels bratmobile and covers bikini kill deserves some flack for not writing a few anthems about smashing the patriarchy. tacocat doesn't have to be polemical, but, by not doing so, they reduce themselves to just being fun when they could be hella awesome.

in terms of your criticisms of tacocat, outcries of misogyny are undeserved and reactionary.

Posted by emily rust | July 25, 2008 9:32 AM

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