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Women (11/05/21 08:12:51) Reply
    At the beginning of the year I was thinking of making several postings with regular intervals about historical and contemporary women who deserve it according to my view of the world. My reason for that? I suddenly saw signs of what women in quite a few rather advanced countries have to endure, and the attitudes of men in power towards gifted and hard-working women.

    I think Donald Trump was the most forceful of my eye-openers. If someone had told me about him and his ways - and offered an accurate prediction - ten years ago, I would not have believed it.

Let's start easily with the fine arts (15/05/21 21:20:12) Reply
    "Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry, with performing arts including theatre and dance.[2] In practice, outside education, the concept is typically only applied to the visual arts. The old master print and drawing were included as related forms to painting, just as prose forms of literature were to poetry. Today, the range of what would be considered fine arts (in so far as the term remains in use) commonly includes additional modern forms, such as film, photography, video production/editing, design, and conceptual art."
    (Wikipedia - fine arts)

    Martha Argerich - I read a little about her about 1964, when she was in her mid-twentiesand I was just a low-teen-ager.
    A few days ago I saw her on TV, playing a Beethoven piano concerto. Breathtaking - at 80 years.

    She showed her talent before she was three, and her parents understood enough to put her into formal training at three. The rest is history.
    So you might wish to look at the Wikipedia article.

    So if there is talent, it could be a good idea to start early. But will there be afuture market for musicians twenty to eighty years from now? No bets. I'm too old.

And a digression (16/05/21 21:15:31) Reply

    Thereis some hope in spite of all the disasters happening.

Re: Women (17/05/21 07:45:12) Reply
    150 years ago women were denied access touniversity studies of mathematics and physics, according to the Wikipedia article on Ludwig Boltzmann.

    Henriette von Aigentler (1854-1938) approached him in an attempt of gaining entrance to such studies in order to become a teacher in mathematics and physics, and Boltzmann managed to persuade the system into accepting her. They married in 1876.

    I think this story is telling about both of them.

    The link below seems tobe about their correspondence. I haven't read it.


A digression if I may, but not a battle of genders (22/05/21 20:47:28) Reply
    that is an interesting topic.

    Women had rough times, and obviously should be celebrated, after all, "L'Origine du monde" ce n'est pas?

    One thing that I can't wrap my head around is the current climate around diversity, hiring quotas, and promoting women to "leadership positions" when the reality is that old white men, are and will be at the top. Hiring has been a checkbox political exercise, and meritocracy is failing at large, with some bad actors taking advantage of that.

    As a real-world example I was in place(private company) where we HAD to hire women which compared to other candidates weren't as good, for the sake of quotas(I admit some fields are male-dominated)

    I'm not sure how we got here, and what happened, but women were very prominent in science and tech: Ada Lovelace, Caroline Lucretia Herschel, Grace Hopper.

    I just think that today we are treating the symptoms and not addressing a bigger and more profound root cause. On a positive note, I've seen an attempted pivot to try to engage women early in their formative years in school in those areas. Culture and education play a big part, and as somebody said, culture eats strategy for breakfast, so let's see what happens.


Re: A digression if I may, but not a battle of genders (22/05/21 20:50:17) Reply
    This as a father of a young girl worries me, as I don't trust the system to address the root causes...

How to start (20/06/21 09:27:45) Reply
    (I've been away)
    The silly roles are deeply engrained. The other day some shocked parent reported in the local paper that their school (early teenagers) was having an excursion. Food and candies recommendations were the same for both sexes, but the boys were recommended to bring sports equipment and the girls their makeup kits.

    There are several examples that parents in the musical profession have started teaching their children music at three or earlier. Why not STEM subjects, starting with reading, counting - and naming plants, minerals, metals, and combining with physical exercise to give them an intuition about Newtonian physics.

Re: How to start (20/06/21 09:41:04) Reply
    There is no reason to make a difference between boys and girls. Both sexes may benefit from avoiding too much personal exposure. Stardom very often does not lead to happiness.

Arts - the perhaps not so fine ones - and the avantgarde (17/12/21 10:13:33) Reply
    One of the treasures in vinyl collection is Kevin Ayers' The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories. Ollie Halsall had his debut there (in my world, mind). Guest singer was Nico

    Famous from har part in Velvet Underground.

    There is a recent comprehensive biography out this year. I've bought some copies for distribution. Born in Köln 1939. Had most of her childhood in Berlin; started as a model in post-war Berlin.
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