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Old 04-20-2017, 07:31 AM   #31
Rooklidge
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Default Re: You play like a girl!

For years, Ladies Pipe Bands were a way of encouraging women to play the pipes and drums. The Australian Ladies PB were treated as an oddity on their worldwide tour, and I admit being very impressed at the site of the Vancouver Ladies marching in heels. Some bands, including one of my first, did not allow women to play in their ranks until well into the 1990s. The view was held then, and apparently still by some, that women don't play in the same manner as men and would not blend seamlessly with the other male players. That and women were perceived in an all-male environment as trouble. It was simply misogyny then, and no matter the attempts to cover it in biology or tradition, it is misogyny now. Quite embarrassing that it lingers, but I suppose we should let the petard these men carry do its eventual duty.
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