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Ad-Rock’s Super ’90s-Woman VMA Speech

The VMAs on Sunday were pretty great, especially the Eminem-Rihanna opening number. But that was not the first sexual assault consciousness raising to go down at the VMAs. Recently on her blog, Kathleen posted a clip of her husband, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, accepting a VMA in 1999 by rallying the audience to combat violence against women at shows like Woodstock ’99. The speech is really moving and so mind-blowingly brave, especially considering the year and the crowd.  This is one of the many amazingly feminist moves by men in the ’90s (check out this gender-studies analysis of Kurt Cobain, for example) that show the impact of ’90s-style feminism on both men and women. I’m sorry, but for such a maligned decade, the ’90s were sort of awesome.

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Is the Rihanna-Eminem Video Pre- or Post-’90s Feminist Awakening?

Feministing is not feeling the Rihanna-Eminem song “Love the Way You Lie,” which is #1 on Billboard right now. Nor is Broadsheet. A tween feminist I’m friends with on Facebook posted about how pissed off she was that Eminem got to sing on the radio about tying a woman to the bed and setting her on fire and I was like, she is totally right.

Now I don’t know, though. The video is starting to make me think there’s more going on here. Rihanna (post-Chris Brown attack and subsequent awesome interviews about domestic violence) and Eminem (post-songs about throwing the mother of his child into a trunk and subsequent awesome interviews about how gay marriage should be legal) stand outside a burning house contemplating this hot couple (Megan Fox!) trapped in a cycle of violence. Continue reading

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