Laura is unimpressed with the lack of gender balance in the playlist for the 2012 opening ceremony

emeli sandé.jpgLast week, a playlist for the Olympics opening ceremony was leaked to the press. Officials have not confirmed whether the 86 tracks are in fact what will be played during the ceremony, but the general consensus seems to be that they give a flavour of what we can expect.

Unfortunately, this appears to be a continuation of our culture’s marginalisation of women.

Only eight of the tracks are by female soloists or groups featuring women: Sugababes, MIA, Adele, Emeli Sandé, Soul II Soul, Eurythmics, Millie Small and Amy Winehouse.

Eight. Out of eighty-six. That’s 9%. Which is, quite frankly, pitiful. It certainly doesn’t reflect the “exuberant creativity of the British genius“. Or maybe we should just assume that this British genius is a man.

Which female artists would you pick to represent Britain?

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