What exactly is wrong with women playing in orchestras? Some people here are debating this. What is wrong? Its an art. It is not inherently manly. There are female virtuosos. They have God Given talent. What should a lady do who happens to possess a great talent in say violin???
There's a different between women playing instruments and women playing in orchestras. I don't think this issue was brought up in the other thread, actually. In the other thread, TraditionalGuy said that he thought male professional musicians in orchestras tended to be effeminate. I think that there is some truth to that, though I haven't said so in the thread. There are even certain instruments that are well known as the "gay instruments," or so I recall hearing from some musician once. Maybe it was on the local classical radio station.
I know that the great pianist Vladimir Horowitz said, "There are three kinds of pianists : Jewish pianists, homosexual pianists, and bad pianists." He met the first two qualifications. Of course, the classical music environment isn't quite so bad as the theatre or other "high art" professions, but I gather that it still attracts sodomites for whatever reason.
As for women being involved -- like I said, I don't think that was yet brought up. Personally, I think that women should be highly encouraged to excel at a musical instrument. It's a noble occupation that brings joy to the home, not to mention an appreciation of culture and beauty -- or, in the lower classes, it typically helps carry traditional stories and dances to the next generation. But I don't think that means they should play in orchestras. Traditionally, women were not entirely welcome in orchestras, even in recent memory. Orchestras travel a lot and require a lot of time outside the home. It's not a fitting occupation for a woman, who should love to be at home and has duties there.