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What do you think about Beyonce as a feminist icon?

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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Beyonce Is the Next Big Feminist Icon – Hear Her Roar

by Adriana Velez

beyonceI never expected Beyonce to be such a spokeswoman for feminism. She's been dropping hints, but it wasn't until she dropped her new, self-titled album that her message of female empowerment and equality came out loud and clear. This week Beyonce declared gender equality a "myth" in an essay for Maria Shriver's website, The Shriver Report. Some people are getting huffy over it -- she's either too rich and privileged to be in touch with "real" people, or she's just a frivolous pop artist who doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. But here's why I think Beyonce's feminist message deserves to be taken seriously.

It's true that Bey is uber-privileged. I mean, we all remember the royal treatment she got when she birthed Blue. That and a few other things she's done seem to betray a lack of consideration for regular folks. I think there's a bit of exaggeration involved in these tales of extravagance. But that aside, I think it's partly because of her privilege that her perspective is important.

You know what? Beyonce as a feminist icon is kind of complicated. But every feminist icon has been complicated. Why should she be any different?

Beyonce has made it in a male-dominated industry. Up where she is, in that thin air of wealth and power, she's probably noticed that there's far fewer women standing with her. She's among the few female recording artists who basically get to call the shots. She has a lot of power, and she knows it. She also knows there should be more women (a larger proportion) with as much power as she has. We need feminism at all levels -- she's kind of another, more interesting version of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In.

She's also aware of the huge influence she has on her fans. If she talks about feminism, a lot of people are going to listen. She could just be raking in those endorsements and album sales, quietly supporting charities. But instead she's taking on a big issue and rousing everyone else to join her.

And by every else, that includes men. In her post, Beyonce says, "We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible." Beyonce has probably worked with plenty of men who don't see women as their equal; I imagine Jay Z isn't one of them. Will guys listen to Beyonce? I hope so. If they listen to anyone about feminism, it'll be her.

Bey has done her homework, too. One of my favorite parts of her new album is "***Flawless," which includes voice overs of Nigerian feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Feminism is something Beyonce has been mulling over a great deal. I'm excited to see if she keeps preaching. I hope she does.

What do you think about Beyonce as a feminist icon?

by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM
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LadyVoldemort
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM
I think that she is a very empowering role model.
Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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Call me old-fashioned, but I'm having a hard time linking this. . .

. . . with the word feminism or feminist.

briellesmomma
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Exactly

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm having a hard time linking this. . .



. . . with the word feminism or feminist.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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She is being used by the industry.  I remember when you could go to a concert with Heart or Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett and watch serious female artists.  She's an exhibtionist and barely talented. She makes her money with hip thrusts.  There is nothing I can see as a role model for anyone.


viv212
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM
I was never really a fan of hers but her new cd totally blows my kind. I listen to it daily. She is very empowering for women. I love how in one some she says not to think she's just his little wife, and that this is her shit.

On the other hand, remember when her and Jay-Z went to Cuba? I think her music video Blue was shot there but I don't know for sure. It's amazing that she actually got to go and I wonder what kind of strings had to be pulled for that.
viv212
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Ha! Just realized her cd is playing right now lol
viv212
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM
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She's a great performer. Some prefer wailing with a stiff body (The singer from Rose Royce comes to mind) but not me. If she wasn't talented she wouldn't have made it this far.

Quoting snookyfritz:

She is being used by the industry.  I remember when you could go to a concert with Heart or Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett and watch serious female artists.  She's an exhibtionist and barely talented. She makes her money with hip thrusts.  There is nothing I can see as a role model for anyone.


SuperChicken
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I don't think she's been a feminist role model in the past, but that shouldn't preclude her from being one now or in the future.   People grow and change as they go along in years.   I'd have to hear what she says and see how she acts to make up my mind. 

viv212
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM
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Because she can flaunt her curves?

I'm sort of ashamed for being all over this post lol


Quoting Seasidegirl:

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm having a hard time linking this. . .



. . . with the word feminism or feminist.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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Merrr. I agree

Quoting snookyfritz:

She is being used by the industry.  I remember when you could go to a concert with Heart or Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett and watch serious female artists.  She's an exhibtionist and barely talented. She makes her money with hip thrusts.  There is nothing I can see as a role model for anyone.


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