chapter  1
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‘I Drum, Therefore I Am’?

This chapter is about gender, especially well aware of identity realization as a drummer. Bannister notes that 'masculinity is reproduced through epistemology, a hegemonic position, a way of seeing or describing the world'. Throughout this chapter, then, 'male' and 'female' to refer to a biologically sexed human, and takes 'masculine' and 'feminine' to refer to the performance and/or acquisition of stereotypically male or female roles or activities. Lucy Green suggests that a reason for the persistent and stubborn gender-norms in musical instrument-playing today could be the lingering values of the Roman Catholic patriarchal culture that have for much of the past 2.000 years overwhelmed the Western hemisphere, including behaviours and attitudes in music. The gendering of drumming has led, then, to 'gay drummer' being an eminently realizable identity for lesbian drummers; if drumming was widely considered to be more feminine, perhaps it would be a more difficult arena in which for some lesbians to realize drummer identities.