Lately, feminists like Annie Lennox, bell hooks and Emma Watson have taken issue with Beyoncé’s sexual openness. While trying to discredit Beyoncé as a feminist, they seem to have forgotten one of the most important parts of Chimamanda’s speech in ***Flawless.
"What does a lady dress like, exactly? And who decided what a lady looks like? What bearing should one’s clothing have on one’s identification as a feminist? This is exactly the kind of misogynist policing we’ve fought tooth and claw against for decades, and to level this line of “reasoning” at Beyoncé is not only antifeminist, it is despicable." (x)
Beyonce is no different than Madonna. Both are tremendously talented, yet would either have made it as far as they did in the male world of MTV without catering to the men who run it?
Beyonce and Madonna have both made a CHOICE and that is what feminism is about. No one says it has to be a good choice. But neither have done anything to change the way young girls think they need to be to get ahead in this world. They can claim to be feminist until the cows come home, but in the end, it’s action, not words, that makes the bigger impression.
Remember, they were both invited (and accepted) to perform at the Super Bowl. My brothers loved it.
Lastly, the words above read, WE TEACH GIRLS THAT THEY CANNOT BE SEXUAL BEINGS IN THE WAY THAT BOYS ARE. That’s exactly true. We sure don’t you see men crawling around like big cats, bare-assed. And a lot of us are trying to fix that by teaching girls they can succeed in this world without following in the footsteps of Beyonce and Madonna and all the girls on MTV getting dollar bills stuffed in their bras and pants or bologna slapped on their asses.
We women are the only ones who are going to truly change things in this world, by refusing to do things like this any more, by making better choices, but for some, the money is just too, too tempting or needed. We have to feed our kids, and the tips are bigger at Hooters than they are at Denny’s. And that’s the way men want it. But let’s stop defending very rich women who cater to men and adolescent boys’ wet dreams by insisting they are feminists. Other than the fact that they made a choice to do what they do.