Lots of interesting food for thought on here. I think about this a lot. I’m a forum visiting, GAS afflicted, queer, cis male electronic musician, and my partner is a non-forum visiting, non-GAS afflicted, queer, cis female electronic musician (http://sbreh.bandcamp.com).
We talk about feminism and music a lot. Her take on this where-are-women-on-the-forums topic is generally along the lines of “meh,” cuz she’s just not that into the internet. So I texted my next favorite female electronic musician (https://yarrowsound.bandcamp.com) to get her take on it.
“… I’ll admit I definitely go into gear forums usually either because I’m watching demo videos for pedals I can’t afford or because something’s not working and I’m trying to troubleshoot. ((ALSO–am I alone in thinking there’s something comforting, almost Bob Ross esque in watching demo videos?))
But yeah, I see what you’re saying. There is a plethora of women making electronic music right now and a lot of them are also super visible. I find dudes often like telling each other how much they care about women//queer//nonbinary ~ but don’t actually put forth any effort into incorporating more of these artists into their vernacular. I encounter a lot of noise guys specifically that say all that shit but never try to book female artists or even look inwardly at the scene and ask what about it makes it so cis male dominated and is it the scene and culture that needs to change not the lineups.”