Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8th, The Rainbow Venues sheds light on women in the industry, their insufficient portrayal and the on-going sexism row.
In 2016, there’s still a huge misrepresentation of females in the music industry and sadly, sexism remains. DJ Justin James was the epitome of foolish and ill-mannered in February, following his advertisement for female DJs. The brash ‘DJ’ specified, in his call out for females, not for their style of music nor even what equipment they use, but their height, weight, and photograph.
“I only work with attractive female DJs that know how to read a room and play.” – DJ Justin James.
After posting a disingenuous list of requirements, in a group that ironically is called ‘Support FEMALE DJs’, a lot of people were irritated. Unsurprisingly, James (who is NOT Justin James, the techno DJ), didn’t back down and continued on with his ignorance. Responding to a complaint, he shamelessly cemented his misogynistic views, and said: “if [venues] wanted talented DJs, they would just hire men.” *Wink*”
Though this is not an article to slander one person, we aim to bring to light the perpetuation of sexism that incredibly seems to still exist today.
International Women’s Day (IWD) will take place on Tuesday, March 8th with the 2016 theme being Pledge for Parity. The day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
The Rainbow Venues encourages the prosperity and achievements of women in the music industry and supports #PledgeForParity.