Mudcat Café message #3903754 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163541   Message #3903754
Posted By: GUEST
04-Feb-18 - 08:04 AM
Thread Name: Is 'Trad music' sexist?
Subject: RE: Is 'Trad music' sexist?
"The Jute Mill Song", is of course a song about women and alludes to the struggle some women had to feed and care for their children in a time when poverty was common to both sexes.
It is a powerful song but more a comment on poor working conditions which also were common to both sexes at that time.
Perhaps the Jute worker had been widowed and left to bring up her children alone? Dundee was a great fishing port and life expectancy amongst fishermen was low...accidents were common.