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So, I recently started a Pandora station at work. I "seeded" it with Bonnie Dobson, and Pandora kept playing the same 10 songs. That got boring, so I added a couple more female singers. Some good songs played, and I liked a couple songs by groups with male singers. Beetles. Simon & Garfunkle. Stuff like that.

Four hours later, I started wondering why I was hearing less than one female singer/group an hour when the three main seeds I'd given the program were all women or female groups.

Now, don't get me wrong, I was enjoying all the songs I was hearing--what I wasn't loving was what I wasn't hearing. There are so many fantastic female artists! Where were they?

I decided to do an experiment.  At home, I started another station with all-female seeds. I've spent time over the last week sending male singers off to other stations. Even so, every 4th or 5th song is by a male artist.  Now, I've never seen Pandora list gender of singers as one of their criteria for "why we played this song"; as far as I know, that's not one of the things the program tracks.

My conclusion (based, admittedly, on a limited sample), is that It's difficult to get a whole hour of all women artists, but easy to get more than an hour of all male artists even when the station's seed artists are female.

I'm tired of stumbling over examples of how often and how easily women are overlooked in our world.

Even when there's good cheese:



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Jun. 14th, 2013 09:24 am (UTC)
Sage Derby...
Is that like the Kirwood Derby?
Or a group of philosophers running ten furlongs?
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
It made a most excellent breakfast with grapes.
Jun. 14th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I recently listened to a course about the daily life of everyday humans from prehistory through the Renaissance. What you find with Pandora is the basic reality of female artists since...FOREVER. Women weren't even allowed to "do art" even privately. What was done was often destroyed, rarely saved in any way. Finding examples of music, sculpture, writing, etc done by women before the end of the Renaissance is possible, but I can confidently state that the average person would have a hard time naming ten famous female artists for every thirty male artists named. Even today, though the margin narrows, it's still kinda gaping.
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Knowing it has been true for centuries/millennia doesn't make it less depressing.
Jun. 14th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
I can add another data point to your casual study. It took me almost a week to get a channel that would only play female singers on Pandora.
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Ah, then it IS possible, at least!
Jun. 15th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Man, that cheese looks good. Makes me crave goat cheese for some reason.

Jun. 15th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
I should've taken the picture before eating all the cheese! It looked even better then.

The flavor was rich, I can see why it might make a person think of goat cheese.
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