©2018 by polity.

  • Alex Wok

Identity Politics in your Playlist

Edited by Marc Eastmure


  • Of the top 600 songs from 2012-2017 - as found in the Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 Chart - only 22.4% of the performing artists were women. Of the 2,767 songwriters credited by the songs featured in the 5 year study, only 12.3% were women. Female producers were found to represent just 2% in a subset of 300 songs across the time period.


Does gender politics have a place

in personal music consumption?


  1. The Guardian, ‘Why We Must Stop Framing Inclusivity As A Woman’s Issue

  2. The Guardian, 'From Pussy Riot, a lesson in the power of punk'; The Conversation, ‘Beyond Hashtag: How A New Wave Of Digital Activists Is Changing Society

  3. The Guardian, ‘What The Debate Around Triple J’s Hottest 100 Misses About Privilege’; The Gaurdian, ‘Unconscious Bias: Most Women Believe Sexism Still Exists But Most Men Disagree

  4. Japan Times, 'We Can’t Keep Waiting For Gender Equality: For Japanese Women, Progress Today In Saudi Arabia Feels Like 1986 All Over Again; The Guardian, ‘We Need Fair Representation: The Rise Of Female-led Record Labels’; United Nations, 'Legislation not enough to overcome cultural attitudes, practices inhibiting equal treatment for women, third committee told'

  5. The Medium, ‘Music Strategy: An Essential Part of Modern-Day Branding

  6. Fast Company, 'Corporate Social Responsibility Just Self Interest'

  7. The Australian ‘Frances McDormand’s ‘inclusion rider’ sets the movie bar low

  8. Why The Lyrics Are Important; The Week, 'The science of why we like — and dislike — certain music'; Greater Good Magazine, 'Why We Love Music The Odyssey, ‘'

  9. Both the object and provisions (ss 5, 5B) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth); Australian Human Rights Commission, 'A quick guide to Australian discrimination laws'

  10. The Guardian, ‘Readers Recommend Playlist: Your Songs About Unity’; Time, 'What the Music You Love Says About You and How It Can Improve Your Life'