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A different readership?

Today’s Ticket went all-girl, and here’s what Jim’s blog had to say about it. Head over there if you’d like to get into their debate, or leave your thoughts here if you want to start a new one (I know …

Fri, Mar 5, 2010, 15:50


Today’s Ticket went all-girl, and here’s what Jim’s blog had to say about it. Head over there if you’d like to get into their debate, or leave your thoughts here if you want to start a new one (I know my remit is fashion, but I think it’s fair to assume that 75% – at least – of my readers are women, so why not?).

It’s The Ticket with a female twist to mark International Women’s Day on Monday. Acting editor Anthea McTeirnan takes over OTR to tell you why.

The reason we put this edition together was to celebrate women’s cultural contribution. Its primary intention was never to provoke a bunfight over sexism in modern Ireland. Last night when I went to bed, women owned 1 per cent of the world’s resources. This morning, it looks pretty much the same, so I’d actually much rather people told me how shit they think Joan Armatrading is than anything else – if they want to, of course. It would be liberating in itself to be permitted to do a Cyndi and merely have some fun. As one swallow does not a summer make, a few “birds” in The Ticket will not a revolution make. Let’s talk about the music to start with. We can talk about the revolution when we’ve had a dance.

We’ve borrowed Tara Brady from Hot Press, and their esteemed film correspondent has written a fascinating history of female film critics and shows how the lack of women’s voices has affected the movies we get to watch – for the worse. Anna Carey has advice for women looking to pick up an Oscar. Note to self: play a hooker. And Emmy-winning director Dearbhla Walsh recalls her red carpet blues.

The Women Who Rocked Our World sees Lauren Muprhy, Sinead Gleeson, Anna Carey and myself picking five female artists who made a musical mark on us growing up. It was a challenge, and you probably have your own ideas. Let us know your own favourites.

As for our top 10 albums and singles by women … we knew from trying to decide among ourselves that everyone has different ideas. Trust me: we didn’t all get our personal top 10 in print. Let us know who would make it into your top 10 lists

And there’s more… Choice nominee Valerie Francis sits in the Revolver chair and gives us a peek into what it’s like being a woman in rock. Jim Carroll’s New Music shines the spotlight on Jennifer Evans, Julianna Barwick and three other acts with an XX chromosome.

Joanna Newsom’s new album, Have One on Me, gets a five-star review and there are 16 CDs by women artists, including Mary J Blige, White Hinterland, Vyvienne Long, Ellie Goulding, Karin Krog and Cecilia Bartoli. Plus: an all-girl Shuffle from Mr Eoin Butler. On the gaming page, Ciara O’Brien reviews Socom Fireteam Bravo 3 and provides living proof that women are ace gamers too. The listings are as useful as ever, and all our panels have a decidedly female twist.

All this and a Sugababe, as one-third of the ever-changing girl group ponders being a role model with Lauren Murphy.

We hope you enjoy it.

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