the complete PEW report[/url] does address some disparities. For instance: "Men are more likely than women to participate in a big variety of interest groups, like fan clubs or community groups."
(2) As previously stated, the classical music demographic you provided only states the relative percentage of subscribers to that particular service who identified themselves by gender. To think that this provides any--let alone definitive
--support for your broad claim that men appreciate classical music more than women suggests that your education lacked training in logic.
I don't know whether more men than women enjoy classical music. I know only that so far those here who've made that claim have failed to offer any support for it. However, out of curiosity I just googled the topic and the first hit was a New York Times article titled, For Musical Appreciation, Sexes Go Their Own Ways
, and claiming that "About 16 percent of all men and 20 percent of all women polled said they liked classical music 'very much,' about 25 percent more women than men." The article is an interesting read which may broaden your perspective on the issue. However, anyone determined to prevent facts from interfering with his prejudices should probably stay away.
I am not so determined. In fact, I have now, at your urging, read the entire article from the NYT, and can say there is not much there that I disagree with. I wouldn't say it changed my attitude, but it did refine my perspective, and perhaps bring to the fore things I had been aware of in a more inchoate way. I do recognize myself in the statements about collecting being at least as important as the music. I do listen to music, though. I have tons of books I haven't read, but I buy records with the intention of listening to them. I suspended buying records in May, as I announced here, because I had accummulated such a huge backlog of unlistened to CDs that I want time to catch up. I think I may be caught up by the end of 2008. I intend not to buy any more CDs until I have listened to everything I have bought at least once. But, I guarantee you that everything I have owned for, say, more than two and a half years is something I have listened to at least once. How many have I listened to more than once? Maybe 700 out of about 5000. How many have I listened to more than twice? Maybe 400 or so. I report on all classical music I listen to in my weekly reports in the "What are you listening to?" thread. No secrets. You can track my progress there, if you wish.
Yes, my statement was a generalization, and perhaps overbroad. Generalizations and stereotypes are bad only if one treats other people badly because of them, or if one continues to treat a specific individual in accordance with the stereotype despite evidence that that person diverges from the stereotype in significant ways. I have decried people who do. I have said more than just 4-5 times in this forum that if there is any justice after death (which I strongly doubt) some people are going to have to answer for the fact that Margaret Hillis was never offered the music directorship of a major orchestra.
One little word about workplace sensitivity training. When we got that in the late 90's, the most immediate effect of the training on avoiding sexism was that the men in the office started getting invited to the baby showers, and they started having baby showers for men whose wives or s/o's were having babies. I don't mind telling you it put quite a crimp in my budget.
I am going to have to stop soon. I am supposed to be at my sister's and her husband's house at 5:30 and it is 3:31 as I write this sentence. My sister is someone who defied a lot of the statistics. She was divorced at 41, and had been a homemaker. Undeterred by the stats about how women's income declines after divorce, she used her contacts--mostly contacts with businesses made through her activities in the League of Women Voters--to find work, first as an office manager for the Albuquerque office of Arthur Young, a major accounting firm, and now, for the last 15 years or so, as the facility manager for a high tech company named Transcore, Inc, Amtech Div. They are the folk that make those
electronic sensors they use to read monthly passes on tollways, among other things. Anyway, when she was over here a while back, I played a piece of music for her which she has been asking to copy--Brahms Ave Maria, specifically. I have ethical problems with that, so I bought the whole 8 CD Nicol Matt box for her for her birthday, which was on Friday the 5th, but which we are celebrating today.
Oh, yeah, that's another stat she defied. They say a woman past 40 who gets divorced has about a snowball's chance in hell of getting married again. She not only remarried, but she married a man nine years her junior, when she was 50 and he was 41. Exactly nine years. She was born Oct 5, 1944, he was born Oct 5, 1953. So I got him a gift, too, and I am going to go to a Mexican restaurant and get some carry out Mexican style ribs for dinner. One stop before that, at a place called the NEWSTAND, which is THE place in Albuquerque for uncommon periodicals, to look for those two issues of the BBC Music Magazine from Sept and Oct the article talked about.
Well, its 3:44 now, so I really have to get, to coin a phrase, a Move On.