FEMINISM LOOKS GOOD ON YOU, MTV!
MTV has always had a hand in championing the rights of youth (like with Rock the Vote). But in the last decade and a half, since the pop music takeover from so called “grunge” (lead by Britney, Xtina and the like), the network has been freakishly silent about feminism and what it means to this generation of women. The thinking woman’s F word (which bands like Bikini Kill, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, The Breeders and Nirvana addressed on MTV) has been long ditched for the reality show, Jersey Shore-style F-bombs. Weak.
So it’s no surprise that, over this time span, the 32-year old network has also lost a lot of it’s edge. And that for the past few Augusts, we’ve been thinking: VMAs? NBD.
But THIS year, we are so stoked to see real and relevant VMA-ish content being posted on the network’s site.
Not only is Kathleen Hanna (of The Julie Ruin–which happens to have the dopest site ever, btw) and Grimes‘ conversation about pop music, feminism and owning what you like a breath of fresh air on a network that employs girls to sit on the couch and look pretty (see: the aptly named Ridiculousness), but badass writer Mary HK Choi’s accompanying commentary is thoughtful, socially conscientious and fashion forward too.
We love! Welcome back, MTV! Feminism, fun, fashion and smart ladies look good on you.