It’s been heavily debated for years. Are Beyonce’s lyrics feminist? Is her alter-ego Sasha Fierce questioning America’s idea of the Black woman, etc, etc…

Now Beyonce herself confirms she’s feminist—”in a way.” The 28 year-old platinum selling artist talks with Daily Mail UK on her intentional small break from music, starting a family, and figuring out who she is.

Beyonce says:

I think I am a feminist in a way. It’s not something I consciously decided I was going to be; perhaps it’s because I grew up in a singing group with other women, and that was so helpful to me. It kept me out of so much trouble and out of bad relationships. My friendships with my girls are just so much a part of me that there are things I am never going to do that would upset that bond. I never want to betray that friendship because I love being a woman and I love being a friend to other women.

Umm . . . Bey, sounds like you’re communicating your choice to be a good friend, not a feminist. But if you are choosing to join us Black feminists, we gladly accept you.

Or do we?

Let’s settle it here and now, for once and for all. Is Beyonce really a feminist? What brand of feminism does the pop superstar exactly project? And do we really feel she has a deep understanding of the ideology?

Is there some sort of unwritten prerequisite that all proclaimed feminists read Patricia Hill-Collins and Joan Morgan at least twice? Or is being a feminist as simple as declaring, “I’m a feminist”?

You ladies decide. How do we feel about Beyonce’s self-proclaimed feminism?

  • http://pyoowata.blogspot.com Nneoma

    Thank you Akai for this balanced response. I think Bey knew what she was talking about when she said that she was a feminist…sort of. She’s no Alice Walker, but I think she’s more feminist-minded than some of her mainstream contemporaries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vida-Starr/1795473475 Vida Starr

    If Beyonce claims to be a feminist then by all means, let her be one. I used to never claimed to be a feminist. I always associated it with it being some white female thing that had a lot of negative connotations to it. But one day a friend of mine told me that “Feminism is just the belief that women are a people.” I agree with definition and I believe that we are a people. If she feels that she has become a feminist because of her relationships with other women, why are people knocking that? If she feels that she empowers women, how can you say that she’s wrong? Who says a feminist has to keep her body covered? Maybe she doesn’t feel empowered that way and maybe other women agree. There is no one definition of feminism. If she says in a way she’s a feminist, who am I to disagree? It’s her f*ckin belief.

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