it was extremely cool that the VMAs this year were unintentionally girl-power/feminism themed. in case you don’t know, feminism is the belief that all genders should be equal to each other politically, economically, and socially, and tonight we made some big strides! fifth harmony, an openly feminist and female-empowering women of color girlband, made history by being the first all-girl group to win a VMA since 2008 and they don’t even have a full album out yet. nicki’s ‘anaconda’ performance destroyed SO many social standards about what women should look like and how they should dress, and she’s teaching young girls that it’s okay to do what they want with their bodies. then there are other little things, like lorde (who is openly feminist) introducing taylor swift as her “friend,” the nicki/jessie j/ariana collab, and demi lovato (also openly feminist) tweeting that she loves nicki all showed the women of hollywood not being catty towards each other and actually supporting one another, which is important when girl-on-girl hate is such a big issue. laverne cox is a trans woman of color and was able to present an award tonight and sam smith is a gay performer. beyoncé won an award tonight for best video with a social message and her performance doesn’t even need an explanation as to why it was so kick-ass and inspirational. on a sort of related note, it also fucking rocks that common talked about ferguson and announced a moment of silence for mike brown, which is an issue that many people are still not aware of. it’s important for young people interested in pop culture to have idols to look up to like these, because even though there’s still a long way to go, so much progress is being made and i’m glad the VMAs got to showcase that tonight!