[Smt-talk] Raised Issues with the so-called "Sensitive Female Chord Progression"

Stefanie Acevedo stefanie at stefanieacevedo.com
Mon Apr 28 14:17:31 PDT 2014

I agree with Devin et al.: We, as the "authority" of this field SHOULD eschew the expression. Otherwise, we are only promoting the sexist stereotyping. Like Devin said, the mere fact that someone brought the term up as a "category" is problematic. 

In either case, I urge everyone to visit and familiarize themselves with the SMT guidelines for non-sexist language: http://societymusictheory.org/administration/committees/csw/non-sexist-language

Thanks for bringing this up, Devin!

Another "sensitive" female, 

MW Morse wrote:

>> "We," the collected wisdom, could eschew the expression "SFCP"; what
> that would or would not contribute to social gender roles is not entirely
> clear.

Well, it would avoid the sexist stereotyping inherent in the term.

> I doubt this expression is of significance to the music theory community
in the first place.

Except that at least some of us find it offensive...but perhaps I'm just
being too "sensitive"!

Nicole Biamonte
McGill University

Stefanie Acevedo, M.M.
Ph.D. Student, Music Theory - Yale University
<stefanie.acevedo at yale.edu>
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