Forty-Seven DJs, Four Women: Meritocracy, Talent and Postfeminist Politics

Gadir, T 2017, 'Forty-Seven DJs, Four Women: Meritocracy, Talent and Postfeminist Politics', Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 50-72.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Forty-Seven DJs, Four Women: Meritocracy, Talent and Postfeminist Politics
Author(s) Gadir, T
Year 2017
Journal name Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 50
End page 72
Total pages 23
Publisher Dancecult
Abstract In 2016, only four of forty-seven DJs booked for Musikkfest, a festival in Oslo, Norway, were women. Following this, a local DJ published an objection to this imbalance in a local arts and entertainment magazine. Her editorial provoked booking agents to defend their position on the grounds that they prioritise skill and talent when booking DJs, and by implication, that they do not prioritise equality. The booking agents' responses, on social media and in interviews I conducted, highlight their perpetuation of a status quo in dance music cultures where men disproportionately dominate the role of DJing. Labour laws do not align with this cultural attitude: gender equality legislation in Norway's recent history contrasts the postfeminist attitudes expressed by dance music's cultural intermediaries such as DJs and booking agents. The Musikkfest case ultimately shows that gender politics in dance music cultures do not necessarily correspond to dance music's historical associations with egalitarianism.
Subject Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Consumption and Everyday Life
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Keyword(s) dance music
DJ
gender
politics
postfeminism
DOI - identifier 10.12801/1947-5403.2017.09.01.03
Copyright notice © 2017 Dancecult
ISSN 1947-5403
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