Re: Female drummers
What I got out of your thread here is that it doesn't matter whether you are male or female, if your not a good musician, or you don't mesh with the prople your going to play with, then you probably won't get the gig. I agree with that. I also believe that people don't get gigs becuase they have green hair and some people just don't like green hair. There are SO many reasons why a musian may not get a gig that have NOTHING to do with actual skill, musicianship or even gender. I think you made a good point and any musician needs to be thick skinned.
That being said. Skill can be learned, getting along can be learned and green hair can be dyed brown. Gender cannot be changed. and frankly it is a slap in the face for anyone, and I mean anyone to be told they are skilled, have a sunny disposition and great hair, but they aren't getting the job because of gender, skin color, sexual orientation, etc..
An extreme example of "changing" to get a gig, is Billy Tipton. he was a jazz pianist and had a great career in the 40's, 50's and 60's. But when he died in his 70's, it was discovered that he was a woman. During Billy's heyday being a MAN was required if you were not a singer and wanted a career in Jazz. I do not think that is the case today. However, the fact is that female drummers/musicians have different history that male drummers/musicians. Our history tells us that we may indeed not be getting jobs because we are women.
I don't want you to drop this thread because the other side of the argument is that we, as women, may be paying more attention to our gender than to other "controllable" aspects of gigging. That is a good point as well and no one should be defensive that you bring that up.