|What sexist guitar shops?
||[Oct. 4th, 2015|11:23 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
Just to show you how sexist I am, I never noticed that that there were never any women or girls in the two main guitar outlets in town (one a venerable 40+ year-old local institution and one a national chain store), but now that you mention it, there are virtually never any women or girls in the two main guitar outlets in town. In fact, guys, there are more women in the AutoZones, PepBoys and speed and custom shops than there are in the non-school-band-and-orchestra music stores.
What I HAD noticed is what a club these stores often become. It's not just females who don't seem particularly welcome, it's older folks, it's people with office-length hair (not shaved off or down to their ass), it's un-inked and/or un-perforatd people, it's people who are not obviously stoned or suspiciously twitchy. It's anybody who isn't part of what we called the "hip crowd" in my day, or who Dennis Miller might call a "hep cat" (he's even further out of it than I am---and a lot less funny these days).
I wonder how much of the atmosphere is perpetuated by the atmosphere? That is, if a more diverse crowd were welcomed, would the old crowd drift away? Do we have mutually exclusive cultures happening here?
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As an aside: This isn't invariably the case. A female salesperson (imagine that) at GC had a blond Epiphone Dot Studio shipped here from Denver just so I could see it in person and see if it was truly right for my Sarah Palin Tribute Guitar project. The blond version had already been discontinued and I was afraid that soon I wouldn't be able to find one. The salesperson DID make a $300 sale, but she had it shipped in at GC's expense not knowing if this old fart (me) would want it or not, for which I commend and thank her!