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I balk at being asked to play 'Women Festivals' and other such things. I don't want to be playing in what I feel are patronizing attempts to rectify the balance between the exposure men and women get. But I am acutely aware of the disparity in chances and exposure.
I'd say that women musicians these days (because of the economy and how the industry is in recent times) need to be more thick-skinned and adaptable, you have to be cool with sharing buses, rooms, etc.
Overweight men in opera, who sang lead roles, could pretty much expect to be judged on their voice and their acting, with no mention of their size. But a large woman would always be criticized for her size.
Mostly, you deal with people saying things like, 'You know, I don't really like female drummers but you're alright!' As if that's some sort of compliment and I should take comfort in their new found respect for a singular female artist.