Is it fair to hold Ann Powers to a standard of expectation? Isn't it, wondered two, just enough that a woman's at the Los Angeles Times and NPR covering music?
Sorry, it's not. The whole point of the women's movement is not to create a cushy life for Ann (or any single group of women) while the multitude of American women see no change. The whole point in rooting for the glass ceiling to be broken in any field is because we hope that when the first woman makes it through, she pulls other women along with her. The ceiling cracking gets magazine covers but it's nothing to applaud if there's no effort to assist other women.
It's "feminism" and not "Ann Powersism."
For a woman to hold the posts she does and to do so damn little for women is appalling.
Check my reviews. You'll find slightly more are about female artists. Why? Because women tend to get less reviews -- aren't we seeing that with Roberta Flack's album? -- less press attention, etc.
As a woman, I feel that I need to cover music and be sure that I make an effort to include women because so many reviewers ignore women completely.
Do I think calling Ann Powers a "bitch" will help?
Ann Powers has received more than her share of applause. I'm not going to kiss her ass to get her to do something she should have already been doing.
And I happen to think she's a bitch. So I call her one.
She's also a gender traitor due to her refusal to help women. She raved over Leonard Cohen's bad album and she couldn't do that about the songs or his singing, so she made her hook that he was X years old and . . .
Roberta Flack is older than Cohen but that doesn't prompt Ann Powers to cover Roberta.
But she'll whore for any man.
I'm tired of it and Ann's a bitch. When it's time to advance an artist, she always runs with men.
And let's not forget that Ann whined not all that long ago about Laura Nyro's nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her complaint was that a woman she liked wasn't on the list but Laura was. Laura was either the only woman or one of two women. There were over 13 men on the list.
The feminist critique would have called out the low number of women on the list. The sexist critique is to trash the only woman. Ann chose to be sexist.
If you don't grasp how that is: Imagine all the critics getting behind one complaint. If they all get behind, "Laura doesn't deserve the award!" then the following year the judges remember, "Oh, yeah, we picked a woman and boy did people hiss and boo. So no women." If the critics instead call out the balance, the judges may grasp that they need to do a better job providing an equal number of men and women.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"