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
- Courtney Barnett Talks About Taking on Misogyny and Self-Doubt With Her New Album
Devon Maloney, Pitchfork, 15 February 2018
- The Grammys Need to Accept That They Have a Woman Problem
Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 16 February 2018
- I’m Not With Her: “We’re about camaraderie, not Hillary”
Emma John, Guardian, 18 February 2018
- Rihanna Is 30 So Now I Want to Be 30 Too
Lauren O’Neill, Noisey, 21 February 2018
- The revolution is here – and young women are leading the change
Leonie Cooper, NME, 23 February 2018
- Janelle Monáe Steps Into Her Bisexual Lighting
Sasha Geffen, Vulture, 23 February 2018
- “Going viral taught me that scepticism is another schism between the sexes”
Moya Lothian-McLean, 23 Feb
- ‘Black Panther’ Was Great Because of Women, But Its Soundtrack Sidelined Them
Kristin Corry, Noisey, 23 February 2018
- ‘The world is infested with evil!’ When Kathy Acker met the Spice Girls
Hayley Campbell and Kathy Acker, Guardian. 26 February 2018
- BBC Proms among 45 festivals committing to 50/50 gender balance
Laura Harding, Independent, 26 February
- ‘Lady Bird’ Shows That It’s Ok for Women to Be Hungry
Ruby Lott-Lavigna, Munchies, 26 February
And, finally, something to listen to:
- Dolly Alderton’s Love Stories, with Ruby Tandoh
Written by Ellen Peirson-Hagger (@ellen_cph on Twitter).