The Ones to Read: February 2018

Here is this month’s list of recommended reading – the best writing on women, gender, music, and art from all over the internet.

Compared to January, where big headlines and the #MeToo movement abounded, there have been fewer big news-based stories concerning gender rights in the entertainment industries. Instead, some of the most exciting writing comes in the form of interviews with artists whose next albums we eagerly await, including Janelle Monáe and Courtney Barnett, and reviews of other cultural releases, such as journalist Dolly Alderton’s memoir Everything I Know About Love, food writer Ruby Tandoh’s glorious ode to eating for happiness, Eat Up!, and the Greta Gerwig-directed and Oscar-nominated film Lady Bird.

The last few days have seen some wonderful news, though: 45 international festivals have committed to having a 50/50 gender balance on their line-ups by 2022. Here’s hoping.

 

  • Everything I Know About Love is a shockingly intimate memoir from former sex columnist Dolly Alderton

Julie Burchill, New Statesman, 13 February 2018

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2018/02/everything-i-know-about-love-shockingly-intimate-memoir-former-sex-columnist

 

  • Courtney Barnett Talks About Taking on Misogyny and Self-Doubt With Her New Album 

Devon Maloney, Pitchfork, 15 February 2018

https://pitchfork.com/features/interview/courtney-barnett-talks-about-taking-on-misogyny-and-self-doubt-with-her-new-album/

 

  • The Grammys Need to Accept That They Have a Woman Problem

Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 16 February 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/8xd5dz/the-grammys-need-to-shut-up-and-accept-they-have-a-woman-problem

 

  • I’m Not With Her: “We’re about camaraderie, not Hillary”

Emma John, Guardian, 18 February 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/18/im-with-her-band-interview-bluegrass-music-aoife-odonovan-sara-watkins-sarah-jarosz

 

  • Rihanna Is 30 So Now I Want to Be 30 Too

Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 21 February 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/zmwqb8/rihanna-is-30-so-now-i-want-to-be-30-too

 

  • The revolution is here – and young women are leading the change

Leonie Cooper, NME, 23 February 2018

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2247565-2247565

 

  • Janelle Monáe Steps Into Her Bisexual Lighting

Sasha Geffen, Vulture, 23 February 2018

http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/janelle-mone-steps-into-her-bisexual-lighting.html

  • “Going viral taught me that scepticism is another schism between the sexes”

Moya Lothian-McLean, 23 Feb

ruary, Stylist

https://www.stylist.co.uk/long-reads/viral-kebab-photos-sexism-cynical-men-women-online-troll/191903

 

  • ‘Black Panther’ Was Great Because of Women, But Its Soundtrack Sidelined Them

Kristin Corry, Noisey, 23 February 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/qveew7/black-panther-soundtrack-movie-review

 

  • ‘The world is infested with evil!’ When Kathy Acker met the Spice Girls

Hayley Campbell and Kathy Acker, Guardian. 26 February 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/feb/26/when-kathy-acker-met-the-spice-girls

 

  • BBC Proms among 45 festivals committing to 50/50 gender balance

Laura Harding, Independent, 26 February

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/bbc-proms-among-45-festivals-committing-to-5050-gender-balance-36643652.html

 

  • ‘Lady Bird’ Shows That It’s Ok for Women to Be Hungry

Ruby Lott-Lavigna, Munchies, 26 February

https://munchies.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5ba9b/lady-bird-shows-that-its-ok-for-women-to-be-hungry?utm_campaign=global&utm_source=vicefbuk

 

And, finally, something to listen to:

  • Dolly Alderton’s Love Stories, with Ruby Tandoh

 

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