Solange is the bold, fierce, assertive Knowles sister. Her tongue is never bitten to present airs or cradle relationships. One of the platforms Solange utilizes to opine is Twitter and she has unleashed firestorms with her commentary on everything from natural hair to the shielding of her first niece, Blue Ivy. This time the “True” crooner is addressing the depiction of outspoken women in contrast to men.
Thousands of women and men are nodding affirmatively and retweeting Solange’s observation because there’s extensive truth in her statement. Our culture is cemented on men, particularly white men, seizing wealth and power and using isms to exclude others e.g. women, women of color and black men from gaining access to the privileges afforded them.
Women that use their voices to “talk back” (word to bell hooks) to institutions of inequality are painted as angry, bitter and unfeminine. We see this in the mainstream treatment of Erykah Badu, defending her unalienable right to procreate, and other women of color. Even Solange’s older sister, Beyoncé, addressed the separate, but not equal portrayal of women in her HBO documentary “Life is But a Dream.”
She said, “It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do or money for that matter because let’s face it: money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine. And that’s bullshit. At the end of the day it’s not about equal rights it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead and reach as high as humanly possible.”
Somewhere a man was shaking his head, wondering why King Bey is so upset with men and how Jay-Z can live with such insubordination and anger. Another man was throwing the dreaded f-word in her direction as if we’re all supposed to recoil from feminism.
Solange has shared a sentiment that resonates across cultural and generational boundaries because even when tweeted, truth conquers all.