Apologies to anyone following me who doesn’t care about (/is fed up with) music crit insider stuff around Chris Ott’s recent rants, but I was really happy that the Impose Magazine interview with him went into his accusations of sexism in the NME and Pitchfork hiring women to write for them. Because seriously, what the fuck is this bizarro logic?
There is a far, far more extensive and celebrated history of MEN writing about those and just about any other music scene, who very very likely would not have had as easy a path to where they (we) are without being men. But apparently that’s not worthy of commenting on? That was just the unquestioned default and was never influenced by the demands of advertisers looking to sell to a male audience, right? Hiring male writers can never have been the result of an active preference, but women writers must have been hired for being women? Right?
For someone asking people to look deeper into what’s happening behind music writing, that is some remarkably credulous bullshit.
I have no strong opinion on Chris Ott (even though he seems to think I’m running a parody twitter account about him), but this is verging on r/mra levels of stupidity