Hey Buddies, How About We Let Beyonce Be Exactly As Feminist As She Wants To Be?

Beyonce Knowles-Carter British Vogue cover May 2013 feminismOkay, I think it’s time for everyone to calm down on this whole Beyonce feminism debate, and to listen to the things that are coming out of your mouths. She’s covering British Vogue‘s May issue, and one of the main things up for discussion is whether or not she’s a feminist, mainly because she named her upcoming tour The Mrs. Carter Tour, after the last name of her husband, Jay-Z. Although she says she’s reluctant to label herself, when pressed, Beyonce told British Vogue:

“I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.”

I feel like that’s a great response, but people apparently have an issue with the fact that she’s not taking enough of a stand. All of her songs used to be about female empowerment and not taking shit from any man, and now she’s naming her whole tour after a guy? HOW OFFENSIVE TO WOMEN. Or maybe she can name her tour whatever she wants and we should all calm down? Is that possible?

Beyonce is by definition a powerful woman. She’s independent, rich, powerful, intelligent, beautiful, and successful. On every scale, her very existence should be inspirational to other women, but that doesn’t mean she owes anything to any of us. She recorded and performed songs like ‘Single Ladies’, yes, but you guys know she’s not single anymore, right? It doesn’t mean she’s a different person, but her image is certainly evolving, as does any artist’s as they move through life. She’s made big changes these past couple years, so why shouldn’t that be reflected in her music? The same insight that she used to bring to songs about being on her own, she’s now able to bring to songs about being a wife and a mother, and you’re still dancing to her music, so it’s working.

“I feel like Mrs Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”

Feminism isn’t about women being better than men, right? It’s about men and women being equal, and treating each other with respect. It’s about empowering women to be themselves without feeling like they owe anything to anybody, and if the woman you want to be is a wife and a mother first and foremost, why isn’t that an acceptable choice? By refusing to take Beyonce out of the box where you’ve mentally categorized her, you’re actually doing her as much of a disservice as you’re accusing her of doing to the cause of feminism. This woman is free to do whatever the hell she wants, as should we all be. She’s put in her time as the ass-kicking, man-scorning single lady, so if she wants to be the home-making, child-rearing mom and wife right now, what’s the goddamn problem? I’m way less interested in your ideas of who Beyonce should be than about her ideas of who she really is. That’s her right as a performer, as a woman, as a mother, as a feminist, and as a human being.

(Image: Vogue)

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    • Lorn

      Beyoncé a feminist! – really? She sells herself sexually (that’s NOT the same as being a sexually attractive person). Being a partner and parent is absolutely not against feminism, it is a valuable lifestyle for anyone when done with honesty and respect. Taking your husband’s name when he doesn’t take yours is not very modern so I can’t see how she can call herself a “modern-day feminist”. Personally as a feminist (who doesn’t have a problem being “labelled” as one but would have a problem being “labelled” a ‘Mrs’) I do agree that feminism is about women being the woman they want to be and not being TOLD who they SHOULD be by anyone, men or women. But a person should understand the meaning of a word and of their actions when claiming to be something they perhaps are not and then do all women a disservice. Beyoncé is of course well trained in singing, dancing, acting and performing in general, as well as being physically attractive in a lot of people’s opinions. Clearly from the photo that goes with the ‘bow down bitches’ song she was a child working to be a money-making star. Can this really be the child’s choice when they grow up to sing songs saying “bow down bitches”. Also, ‘that’ song – sisterhood, I think not!

      • just saying

        Why can’t a women do whatever she wants with her body? She doesn’t sell herself, she uses sex appeal because, IMO, she knows thats she’s sexy as hell – she takes control of it, and owns it. Her sex is her own, and it’s apparent through her songs and her actions. In respect to bow down, come on, let Beyonce be ratchet! It’s a beef song, (her first…) but we’re not entirely sure who the beef is with. In respect to the Mrs. Carter tour thing, I feel she named it that because she’s proud of who she is right now: a wife and mother of a child. She is no longer Sasha Fierce; she’s entered a new chapter. I think she could be a feminist; she holds women to the highest of standards (we all know that) and sees them as powerful beings. Simply because she was raised to take his last name doesn’t change that. By the way, Jay-z hyphened his last name to Knowles-Carter – look it up. That’s pretty progressive if you ask me.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Totally agree.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Her husband DID take her name. Jay-Z officially changed his name to Shawn Knowles-Carter. Nice try though.

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