Sunday, January 11, 2015

Comment on "Coachella 2015 Lineup: Still A Boys Club"

The Coachella Festival Is Still a Boys’ Club

I posted this comment:

Are "women musicians" like "men musicians", except female?

I only ask because I have never seen the usage "men musicians", or even "men-(verb)" anything, now that I think about it.

The article itself seems to be unclear about the usage, as well. From top to bottom:

female-fronted (x2)
woman-fronted (x3)
all-male duo
women artists
female festival attendees
(those last two in the same phrase, as "women artists and, indirectly, female festival attendees")

What is the style guide on woman-verbed versus female-verbed versus man-verbed? And more importantly, is there a difference between a female-fronted band and a woman-fronted one? Or would the phrase "female artists and, indirectly, woman festival attendees" be just as good?

On that note, it's interesting to compare the difference between a google search for "woman-fronted" and "man-fronted".