Great piece by Jessica Valenti on Adam Yauch/Beastie Boys.
Hearing the Beastie Boys speak out against sexism made me feel like if these men who had once sung about getting girls to “do the laundry” and “clean up my room” could understand, maybe the rest of the world would follow suit. It made me hopeful in the best way.
Maybe the shift of a band from seemingly misogynist frat boys to thoughtful messengers of feminism isn’t the most transgressive, radical thing in the world. But for women who love hip hop - or who love pop culture - and are denigrated by it every day, it was validation. For one of the first times, the music I loved loved me back.
Yauch left behind a wife and a daughter. I hope that he knew that he made the world a better place for them - and for all of us.