Beyoncé and the new wave of pop feminism

If the millennials have assumed femininity so naturally and casually, it is because one of her idols sent them this message.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, the famous American singer and actress, launched in 2014 a strong pro-feminist message with the song “Flawless”.

If young women of this generation feel entitled to take action, it is partly because Beyoncé told them they have that right. If you look at the lyrics, you’ll see real feminist lessons, inspired by Beyoncé-style musical riffs.

Beyoncé is one of the few celebrities who has claimed the title of “feminist”. However, feminists were not always on her side, claiming that she sang exclusively about men. However, it is undeniable that she is the biggest female pop star in the world who has created a new wave of feminism.   

Her hit messages often refer to girls’ unhealthy obsessions with their looks, the importance of not just being someone’s wife, and the fact that sexual pleasure is not just for men.

Grupul Destiny’s Child s-aDestiny’s Child has long stood out with such bold songs, which refer to sexist perceptions and do not hesitate to infer the way women are perceived as sex toys. In the video made with Nigerian feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Beyoncé takes some of the lyrics from “We Should All Be Feminists”:”:

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

Mama taught me good home training
My Daddy taught me how to love my haters
My sister told me I should speak my mind
My man made me feel so God damn fine

Photo: Beyonce Facebook page

The Flawless video can be viewed on Youtube

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