It’s the smack seen ’round the world. Last night in Denmark, Beyonce had to reprimand an overzealous male fan who reached up on stage and gave Bey a quick slap on her backside. She responded saying, “Now I will have you escorted out of here, alright?”

Instead of wondering why a fan thought he could actually touch Beyonce’s body or praising her sharp yet firm response, some people are asking: How can Beyonce be upset at a man smacking her butt when she is shaking it in front of his face in a skimpy leotard?

That reaction is laden with a victim-blaming mentality. It implies that it’s Beyonce’s fault for dressing and dancing provocatively, and that her actions relinquish her of ownership of her own body and give a man a pass for failing to keep his hands to himself.

Those responses reeks of the pervasive rape culture mentality in our society. A woman’s attire and her dance moves are not excuses for inappropriate, unsolicited groping on the part of a man. There is no excuse for his behavior, regardless of how Beyonce looked or moved. The same can be said for women who are groped on the street, whether on line for the club or in a crowded subway car.

Beyonce’s encounter with an audacious fan represents one of many instances where women are touched inappropriately by strangers. And the pass given to said strangers just adds insult to injury.

-Racquel Garrison

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  • Yb

    Slut-Shaming and the policing of women’s body, particularly black women’s bodies, in 5, 4, 3, 2, …..

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  • dippedingodiva

    Prime example of male privilege. Beyonce handled that man graciously, if that was me concert would have been over lol.

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    • Seaki

      I have to admit, i feel the same way

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    If they’re not reaching out to touch our hair, they’re trying to grab out behinds. Keep your hands to yourself. Period. I don’t know why some people have a hard time doing that when it comes to Black women.

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  • The Moon in the Sky

    What would even possess a man to think to do such a thing? Just disgusting.

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    • Jason

      Wth! Women attack male artist all the time! Ripping their shirts and everything.

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    • MLI

      And that’s not okay either

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    • D

      And where’s the Clutch article saying it’s not OK for women to rip men’s shirts off or to grab dick/butt/whatever when a performer is on stage?

      Or to accost them by throwing their worn underwear on stage at them?

      Or to whip open their tops and flash their breasts?

      Or to chase them down the street and pawing at them?

      Or to sneak backstage and strip in the performers dressing room?

      What in the hell makes women think this type of behavior is OK? No Clutch article chastising them for that.

      Beyonce gets an ass tap (probably by a flaming gay guy…hell, he is at a Beyonce show in the front row) and all hell breaks loose?

      No double standard here. Must be the reverse rape culture.

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    • lol

      there was an article written admonishing a woman that gave oral s*x to some rapper while he was on stage ,it is on this website. can’t remember the name. the female commenters actually said she should be arrested for s*xual assault but if I remember correctly it was the male commenters who said “he probably enjoyed it.”

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    • D

      Where does it say that all the behavior I mentioned in my post is indicative of women pushing for a rape (or sexual assault) culture against men?

      Beyonce gets a light ass pat (again probably by a gay with no sexual overtones whatsoever) and it’s international rape culture run amok. That rapper actually gets mouth raped and it’s a long-drawn out plea for everyone to consider that men can be victims of sexual assault, instead of a stinging sharp indictment of the culture of women’s increasingly sexist and matriarchal views and poor treatment and distrespect towards men?

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    • http://gravatar.com/jhenisis jhenisis

      If there is a difference, it is in that sexual harassment is defined as “unwanted and unwelcome”. If a male artist is being accosted by female (or any) fans, I would hope that artist would clarify to the fans that that behavior was not appropriate and left him feeling disrespected. On the PR side, might even win him some points for sensitivity. Not that it’s about that.

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  • k

    But…a come hither mentality doesn’t help at all. It’s like dangling meat infront of a lion. Men are animals at the very core of their being. Not all are tame and tease them enough, one will ounce.

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    • k

      *pounce

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    • JRM

      ladies and gentlemen….come one come all…take a look into the mind of a rapist named K !!!!

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    • Chinonye

      This is a ridiculous excuse for the audience member’s actions. There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING that can even partially justify his actions, “come hither mentality” or not. ALL responsibility must be placed on the person who committed the action. Period.

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    • No Comment

      Please give men a little more credit. I would hope that they have a lot more self-control than that.

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    • http://twitter.com/DKuzLA DK Uzoukwu (@DKuzLA)

      Most of us do. i’ve never understood this ridiculous excuse from some dudes that makes it seem like we men walk around all day just trying ever so hard to keep ourselves from pouncing on the first woman we see. Like…. they just described an animal, not a man.

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    • http://twitter.com/DKuzLA DK Uzoukwu (@DKuzLA)

      By that same argument, we should just let Zimmerman go free because Trayvon should’ve known better than to wear a hoodie while being black–cuz we all know that’s the worldwide uniform for ‘up to no good–lookin’ to get shot today.’

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