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Unlike some people who cower under the wrath that comes after publicly criticizing Beyoncé, singer Annie Lennox refuses to bow down. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter has once again taken the “Flawless” singer to task for referring to herself as a feminist. During another interview with NPR, the “Sweet Dreams” singer clarified previous comments she made towards Knowles, particularly when Lennox referred to Beyoncé as a “lite feminist.”

“I was being asked about Beyoncé in the context of feminism. I was thinking at the time about very impactful feminists that have dedicated their lives to the movement of liberating women and supporting women at the grass-roots, and I was saying, ‘well that’s one end of the spectrum, and then you have the other end of the spectrum.’”

Instead of explaining why she feels the need to police another woman’s feminist stance, the next statement made by Lennox only reiterates what she made clear in the first place—when it comes to feminism, Lennox feels Beyoncé just doesn’t cut it.

“Listen, twerking is not feminism,” Lennox told NPR. “That’s what I’m referring to. It’s not — it’s not liberating, it’s not empowering. It’s a sexual thing that you’re doing on a stage; it doesn’t empower you. That’s my feeling about it.”

In her interview with PrideSource, Lennox stated that she’d like to “sit down with” Beyoncé. While Lennox is certainly entitled to express her opinion as much as the next woman, perhaps some one-on-one dialogue would serve as a much better example of feminism in action, rather than analyzing another woman’s feminist perspective without having any firsthand knowledge of why Beyoncé (and anyone else who believes in equal rights for women) has every right to call herself a feminist.

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  • Jai

    I think that there are many misconceptions that Annie Lennox makes. One misconception would be that just because you’re embracing your sexuality you cannot be considered a strong woman who advocates for the advancement of women across the board. I would actually argue that attempting to deny that sexuality is anti-feminism. Why is it that we as women have to put aside all things considered “feminine” and “sexual” to appear strong, smart, and powerful. Is it not powerful that we can be individuals however we choose even if that means embracing our sexuality and the components society has taught us to disassociate ourselves with in an effort to be “feminist”? Every revolution starts totally radical but that does not mean that its definition stops there. And even more, who are we to say that Beyoncé isn’t a feminist? Why are we as women tearing down other women in their attempts to be who they are? I would say that in itself is anti-feministic. We don’t have that much of a scope into this woman’s life to say that because she does her job and does a damn good job at what she does she is not advocating for the social, political, legal, and/or economic rights for women. Why not as feminist applaud her for choosing to employ an all-female band; or raising her daughter, being a wife, all while performing non-stop across the world; or choosing to take over her entire career and excelling at it despite what everyone predicted would happen; for writing/singing anthems like “Pretty Hurts,” “Independent Women,” etc. teaching women to find solace in being confident and authoritative. Why are we falling for this pathetic gesture of being one-dimensional “characters” in pants-suits behind desks? Why can’t we be just as sexual, strong, arrogant and competitive as our male counterparts — all while producing the comfort and breath of fresh air as we naturally do as women. Let this woman live… and stop feeding into what this male-dominated society wants us to think, do, and say. Beyoncé is a female boss who has made strides that she feels empowers other women to be bosses. She’s considers herself a feminist. Her life is proof she’s a feminist. Now, leave these women to be.