Flavorwire Profiles Female DJs in Response to DJ Mag’s All-Guy Top 100 List

Video: Ellen Allien, one of the DJs profiled by Flavorwire, plays a DJ-Set at FUSE, Brussels (12/08)

Unicorns, dragons, and lady DJs. Such is the list of things that DJ Magazine would have you believe belong to the same category of mythical creatures, according to its annual reader-voted Top 100 DJ list.

Out of 100 profiled DJs, can you guess how many were women?

If you thought you’d make a conservative estimate of 10%, I’m sorry but that’s not correct.

Lowball it at 5%? ‘Fraid not.

Are you laughing nervously when you eek out a 1% guess? You’ll have to guess again.

The answer, my music-enjoying friends, some of whom are perhaps – gasp – themselves female, is zero.

As in, not any.

The oversight was brought to my attention by Judy Berman of Permanent Wave.

And since I’m hardly cool enough to have a comprehensive take on the current DJ scene, we’re lucky that our friends over at Flavorwire are! You should check out their response piece highlighting some awesome female DJs that you may already know, or may want to get to know!

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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