The Ones To Read – June 2018

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

In the month of June new music from Beyoncé, Lily Allen, Jorja Smith and many more wonderful women in the music industry, allows us to appreciate the incredible talent that all these women possess. During this month there has been a momentous achievement for  women in Saudi Arabia as they have finally been allowed to drive suggesting that a gradual step towards equality has been made.

Everything is Love is the Ultimate Ode To Black Freedom

Joshunda Sanders, 22 June

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a21726662/beyonce-jay-z-everything-is-love-album-review/

Jorja Smith- Lost & Found

Chris Taylor, 8 June

https://www.readdork.com/reviews/jorja-smith-lost-found/

Lava La Rue is putting a self-love stamp on UK rap

Tshepo Mokoena, 25 June

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/d3kqjm/lava-la-rue-is-putting-a-self-love-stamp-on-uk-rap

Lily Allen :No Shame review – divorce, deceit and the daily mail in gloriously raw return

Alexis Petridis, 8 June  
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/08/lily-allen-no-shame-review

Women Composers: why are so many voices still silent?

Danielle de Niese, 20 June

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jun/20/unsung-heroines-women-composers-maconchy-bbc4-danielle-de-niese

Meet Snail Mail, the artist who captures teenagerhood in all its awkward splendour

Rachel Grace Almedia, 8 June

https://crackmagazine.net/article/long-reads/meet-snail-mail-the-artist-who-captures-teenagerhood-in-all-its-awkward-splendour/

It’s not just women who need to see more body image diversity on Love Island

Miranda Larbi,, 6 June

https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/06/not-just-women-need-see-body-image-diversity-love-island-7610366/

Demi Lovato’s new song ‘sober’ is an emotional confession of her breaking her sobriety after 6 years

MTV, 21 June Image result for demi lovato

http://www.mtv.co.uk/demi-lovato/news/demi-lovatos-new-song-sober-is-an-emotional-confession-of-her-breaking-her-sobriety-after-6-years

Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving officially comes to an end

BBC, 24 June

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44576795

SOPHIE’s album is a radical pop statement that imagines new identities Related image

Jake Hall, 20 June

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/40426/1/sophie-oil-of-every-pearls-un-sides-radical-pop-statement

A guide to the artwork featured in The Carter’s Apeshit

Allie Gernmill, 17 June

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/40396/1/beyonce-jay-z-everything-is-love-apeshit-artwork-explained

Kate Spade New York To Donate $1 Million To Suicide Prevention And Mental Health

Alice Newbold , 20 June

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/kate-spade-to-donate-to-suicide-prevention-and-mental-health

The Teen Who Brought Gay Pride To Mike Pence’s Home Town

Ian Daniel, 20 June

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/435m7d/erin-bailey-teen-gay-pride-mike-pence-columbus-indiana

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The Ones to Read- May 2018

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

During the month of May we have been blessed with new music from female fronted band  ‘CHVRCHES’,  Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and sex abuse and the Irish referendum vote leaves women with the freedom that they deserved long ago.  This month holds many achievements we can celebrate, here are a few articles celebrating them:

Bjork’s First TV Performance In 8 Years Is Breathtaking

Shaad D’Souza, 23 May 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/qvnk35/bjork-courtship-jools-holland-the-anchor-song-watch

The Pop Goth Gospel Of CHVRCHES

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Sarah MacDonald, 22 May 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/3k4bwv/chvrches-interview-new-album-love-is-dead-2018

Irish Abortion Referendum: New laws by the end of the year

BBC news, 27 May 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44270098

Tracking the Gender Balance Of This Year’s Music Festival Lineups

Rob Mitchum and Diego Garcia-Olano, 1st May 2018

https://pitchfork.com/features/festival-report/tracking-the-gender-balance-of-this-years-music-festival-lineups/

Harvey Weinstein Is Charged With Rape and Sex Abuse In Cases Involving 2 Women

Brynn Gingras, Sonia Moghe and Dakin Andone, 25 May

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/25/entertainment/harvey-weinstein-to-surrender/index.html

This UK jazz prodigy’s music video is a beautiful ode to single mothers

Image result for Mela Murder and her baby daughter, Emma-Jean Thackray's

Fankie Dunn, 22 May 2018

https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/ywevjy/this-uk-jazz-prodigys-music-video-is-a-beautiful-ode-to-single-mothers

‘I’m not sorry I said it’ Erykah Badu on music, motherhood and wildly unpopular opinions

Lanre Bakare, 24 May 2018

t’: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/may/24/erykah-badu-interview

Meeting Ireland’s new wave of pro-choice rebel music

Stephanie Costello, 22 May 2108Repeal

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/40108/1/meeting-irelands-new-wave-of-pro-choice-rebel-music

How mainstream pop music is finally embracing bisexuality

Annie Lord, 1  May 2018

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/39924/1/bisexual-visibility-in-pop-2018

‘I don’t call myself an intersectional feminist’: Slumflower on dating, race and self-love

Miranda Larbi, 8 May 2018

https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/08/dont-call-intersectional-feminist-slumflower-dating-race-self-love-7527501/

Why A Royal Megan Markle Matters

Afua Hirsch, 22 May 2018

http://time.com/5281096/meghan-markle-multicultural-britain/

Charlie XCX Responds to ‘Girls’ Criticism

Braudie Blais-Billie, 27 May 2018

https://pitchfork.com/news/charli-xcx-responds-to-girls-criticism/

 

Written by Emma Randall.

The Ones to Read: April 2018

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

During April we have seen the importance of empowerment through Beyoncé’s performance as the first black woman to headline Coachella. Yet, reports from the festival highlighting the  sexual assault that took place during the festival shows the importance of creating awareness about these issues- something we are passionate about at Girls Against.

Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018

Vera Papisova, 18 April 2018

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/sexual-harassment-was-rampant-at-coachella-2018/amp

From Kendrick’s Pulitzer to Beychella : How the Mainstream Woke Up to Black ExcellenceImage result for beyonce at coachella

Kyla Marshell, 19 April 2018

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/culture/2018/apr/19/kendrick-pulitzer-black-artists-excellence-beyonce-grammys-creativity-equality

The Rugby Rape Trial Demonstrates That Victims Will Be Punished, But Women Will Rise.

Agnes Robakiewicz, 11 April 2018

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2018/04/11/rugby-rape-trial-demonstrates-victims-will-punished-women-will-rise/

One Year of Filipino Punk Feminism and Rebellion

Vincent Bevins, 11 April 2018

The Male Gaze

http://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/39633/1/grrrl-gang-manila-one-year-of-filipino-punk-feminism

Ariana Grande’s New Song Quenched Thirst I Didn’t Know I Had

Daisy Jones, 20 April 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/xw7p93/ariana-grande-no-tears-left-to-cry-video

School Tells Braless Pupil: ‘Cover nipples with plasters’

Sabrina Barr, 7 April 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/student-not-wearing-bra-nipples-cover-plasters-school-braden-river-high-school-florida-a8293671.html

Amber Mark Knows a Thing or Two About Using Music As Therapy

Alim Kheraj, 19 April 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/kzxy9a/amber-mark-conexao-love-me-right-interview

SZA Is the Pop Star of the Future, Long Live The QueenImage result for SZa

Shaad D’Souzza, 16 April 2018

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/qvxnvm/sza-coachella-2018-review

 

Meet  Halima Aden, The First Hijabi Model On The Cover Of Vogue

Ellie Pithers, 19 April 2018

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/halima-aden-interview-2018

Know their Names: Women Composers Neglected By History

Mary Sharratt, 4 April 2018

https://catapult.co/stories/know-their-names-women-composers-neglected-by-history

Get to know : Dream Nails

The Tung, 25 April

https://www.thetung.co.uk/thetunghome/get-to-know-dream-nails

This Photographer Takes Intimate Photos of People With Scars

George Douglas Davies, 24 April

https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/wj7akz/this-photographer-takes-intimate-portraits-of-people-with-scars