The Ones To Read: January 2018

(TW: frequent mention of sexual assault, harassment).

From the Grammys to the #MeToo movement, and Vogue to Wireless, talk of sexism and sexual harassment continue to saturate media observations. Business and political leaders swan around at men-only parties where hostesses are assaulted, prominent media figures continue to be publicly and disgustingly sexist, and festival organisers still think it’s acceptable to announce line-ups with little to no non-male performers. Welcome to 2018.

But everyone is speaking out and listening up a little more than ever before, and particular corners of the internet are excelling as places to shut down sexism, give voices to those often marginalised, and become treasure chests full of feminist thought and solidarity.

Here’s a list of January’s best writing on music, the arts, sexism, and feminism:

  • Charli XCX’s ‘Pop 2’ Subverts Everything About Music for the Masses

Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 4 January 2018


  • Paris Lees: What it feels like to be the first openly trans woman featured in British Vogue

Paris Lees, The i, 5 January 2018


  • Women Open Up About Wearing Black on the Golden Globes Red Carpet

Erica Gonzales, Harpers Bazaar, 8 January 2018


  • Magic and Echoes: How Music Helps Me Write

Hermione Hoby, Catapult, 9 January 2018


  • A Definitive List of Sexist Things John Humphrys has Said

Media Mole, New Statesman, 12 January 2018


  • The poorly reported Aziz Ansari exposé was a missed opportunity

Jill Filipovic, The Guardian, 16 January 2018


  • From Blurred Lines to New Rules: how sex in pop has changed for ever

Laura Snapes, The Guardian, 18 January 2018


  • Lorde on the Historic 2018 Grammys, the #MeToo Movement & Loving Cardi B

Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, 19 January 2018


  • An Oprah candidacy is not the change we need.

Henna Shah, Gal Dem, 20 January 2018


  • Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show.

Madison Marriage, The Financial Times, 23 January 2018


  • Seven women that should be on the Wireless lineup.

Kemi Alemoru and Selim Bulut, Dazed, 24 January 2018


  • After the suffragettes: how women stormed Westminster.

Helen Lewis, New Statesman, 25 January 2018


  • The 2018 Grammys Shut Women Out.

Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 29 January 2018


  • Kesha’s cathartic performance was the purest Grammys moment ever.

Aimee Cliff, Dazed, 29 January 2018


  • We’re Not Done Here.

Laurie Penny, Long Reads, January 2018

Written by Ellen Peirson-Hagger (@ellen_cph on Twitter).