Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Oh, this is bullshit.

I shouldn't really respond to this, but I'm going to anyhow. BBC's pop music coordinator Lesley Douglas claims, according to Idolator, "that men respond to music on an intellectual level, whereas female listeners have an emotional reaction to songs". Despite it being a stupid generalization of archaic proportions, I bulked at what Mrs. Douglas thinks of as the intellectual side of music, i.e. "the tracks, where albums have been made, that sort of thing". Trivia, in other words, is the intellectual response in question and not e.g. thinking about what the music means, the lyrics, the interplay between the two, it's place in society, historically or contemporary, everything that the EMP Pop Conference stands for, themes that in turn cannot be so easily removed from emotional responses as Douglas seems to think.

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