Why post a bunch of articles about Beyoncé, when we can just include them in one?
This week, Beyoncé has been making headlines, along with Jay-Z, about alleged marriage woes. But what couple doesn’t have marriage issues at one point in their relationship? Rumors have been circulating that The Carter Dynasty is falling apart, and the marriage is going to come to an end after their tour.
But if the family photo recently posted by Beyoncé is any indication that there’s no family drama going on:
Then, I’ll believe it when I see the report on TMZ.
In yet another piece of Beyonce news, she recently posed as Rosie the Riveter:
Some consider Rosie an icon that recognizes the contributions made by women during World War II. But some, actually see it as a slap in the face to all feminists, so much so, they wrote a long ass “Think Piece” about it.
Rosie dates back to the second world war, a symbol inspired by the women who took up the factory and munitions jobs left behind by conscripted men, and whose work undoubtedly moved the feminist cause forward by decades. But she represents a cynically whitewashed view of this, and her feminist credentials wear thin when you look into the history of her creation, and the background of those she was supposed to portray.
The bicep-curling version popular today was designed by a man, J Howard Miller, who took inspiration from tired, oil-covered workers but washed them down and dolled them up to produce his Rosie. Miller never intended his creation to be a symbol of female empowerment – she was used to encourage women to take up jobs in factories as part of their patriotic duty to the war effort.
His propaganda conveniently ignored the fact that women would have been expected to carry on with the housework once they got in, and then, after a war spent being paid nearly 50% less than their male colleagues, would be sacked. When we dress up as her, we’re dressing up as an airbrushed fib. Of course, some argue that this re-appropriation is dissent, but even if you believe that there’s still something problematic with the riveter symbol.
That problem is her lack of friends. More than 60 years after Miller put his head-scarved wet dream on to paper, she’s still feminism’s most visible icon of a working woman. Despite the fact that women make up the majority of the world’s poverty-stricken people, the poor and working-class still struggle to be heard amid a glut of middle- and upper-class icons – the Pankhursts, Germaine Greer, Virginia Woolf, Mary Wollstonecraft. Isn’t it time we found a new Rosie, a realistic representation of what it’s like to be a woman and work today?
And finally for all of you freaky-deakies out there, who’ve read 50 Shades of Grey, more than 50 times, the official trailer has been released and guess whose songs makes an appearance? Ding, ding! You’re right, Beyoncé! Beyoncé recorded a new version of “Crazy in Love”, which is featured in the movie. Check it out below:
And that’s today’s Beyoncé news.
Why? Because, why not.