Populaarimusiikkitoiminnassa koettu sukupuolittunut epäasiallisuus

Translated title of the contribution: Experiences of Gendered Inappropriateness in the Field of Finnish Popular Music

Anna-Elena Pääkkölä, Tiina Käpylä, Henna-Riikka Peltola

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This article discusses gendered inappropriateness in Finnish popular music, particularly the experiences of those who currently work professionally in the field. The survey was an anonymised online survey with provided scaled questions and open-answer options, and it received 150 replies. Based on these, we identified different types of gendered inappropriateness through which to analyse the material: disdain, discrimination and sexual harassment in professional music work and music education. Gendered disdain is often exhibited through micro aggressions such as benevolent and malevolent verbal derision or silencing of non-men in group situations through active ignoring or disrespect. In music education, gender is still a large factor when teachers and/or fellow students demonstrate condescension towards a student. There was heightened risk of sexual harassment in performance situations with all genders. Men, women and nonbinary people have all reported inappropriate treatment based on gender, which can at its worst lead to situations of discrimination and concretely inhibit their professional practice. Those who identified as non-binary often face gendered inappropriateness and more dire consequences when breaching binary gender roles than cis-gendered people. Physical sexual exploitation seemed to be rare in the Finnish popular music sphere.
Translated title of the contributionExperiences of Gendered Inappropriateness in the Field of Finnish Popular Music
Original languageFinnish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)55-82
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Finnish popular music
  • metoo
  • music industry
  • gendered inappropriateness
  • musician
  • sexual abuse
  • harrassment
  • Discrimination


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