Lily Allen, Lauren Mayberry of CHVCHES, Sky Ferreira. Three women seemingly on top of the musical world. They all write the catchiest shit, but they also have something else in common. They all face daily misogyny, specifically from the online community, and they are all calling the internet the f*** out.

Lauren Mayberry published a piece in The Guardian back in September that took aim at the faceless hundreds, even thousands, who have said hateful things not only about, but to Mayberry via social networks since the band's rise to popularity. Things like: "I have your address and I will come round to your house and give u anal and you will love it you twat lol." Mayberry, it seems, refuses to take these vulgar and offensive comments lying down. She questions the dynamic inherently set up in the process of making these comments, whereby some argue being in the public eye leaves you open to, or even asking for, such comments.

That, in 2014, anyone would have to "just deal with" these comments astounds Mayberry. My only complaint about her piece in The Guardian might be that her language is so soft. Such rough and obtrusive language might be met with something equally brash in order to effect any change. But brashness doesn't seem to be Mayberry's style, and she makes her points eloquently and simply: "My hopes are that if anything good comes out of this, it will start a conversation, or continue the conversation which is already happening, encouraging others to reject an acceptance of the status quo, and that our band can continue to do what we are doing in our own way and on our own terms."

"Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn't help anyone. If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments, please start reporting it or deleting it." - Sky Ferreira

Sky Ferreira recently did something similar, but through her own avenues: reacting to negative and ugly Facebook activity, Stereogum reported that, on March 4, Ferreira left a denunciation of online trolls and hateful comments on her Facebook page, saying that some have gone as far as making fun of sexual abuse that Ferreira has publicly acknowledged in the past. "I'm exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a 'pop star' & how they think it's okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive shit to me on a daily basis over the internet. I'm not only writing about myself...because almost every person has to deal with this. It's a shame because I now feel like I can't connect or directly speak with true fans."

While not quite as articulate as Mayberry's Guardian piece, Ferreira does something that Mayberry does not: more than just conversation, Ferreira urges her readers to take action. "Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn't help anyone. If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments, please start reporting it or deleting it. I think that's the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion."

"Every woman, in her own way, is left to wage her personal war against misogyny every day."

And then we have Lily Allen, who goes a step further and puts her money where her mouth is. Her single 'Hard Out Here' takes dead aim at the objectification not only musicians, but all women face on a daily basis. STILL! This is not a joke, this is an actual thing that STILL happens all the time! The balloons that spell out "Lily Allen has a baggy pussy" in the video, ostensibly a line pulled directly from some comment board on the internet, are the sad reminder that among all the glitz and sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek irony, there is some really ugly stuff happening. And it's not necessarily a man-hating thing.

Allen said in an interview with Shortlist Magazine, that it's not men, but women who are tearing each other, and themselves, down. "...it's more of a competitive thing. It's weird. It's just really unhealthy and we're our own worst enemy." That may be true, but it wasn't a woman who threatened anal rape on Lauren Mayberry. It wasn't a woman who made fun of Sky Ferreira's history with sexual abuse, and it's never a woman who, as a stranger on the street, undresses me or my friends with their eyes, licking their lips in suggestion, as if making us feel uncomfortable and threatened is somehow an OK thing to do. Lily Allen is right. Women can be total bitches to each other. But even more than that, every woman, in her own way, is left to wage her personal war against misogyny every day.

In her Guardian piece, Mayberry admits that she is not necessarily an agent of change. It is not her life's work to end sexism, as it is for many. She does what she can do and goes about her day, hoping it's made just a small difference. At least I know there are some powerful, like-minded ladies who have my back.