Beyonce and “Doing Feminism Right”

For those interested in feminism in pop culture… What do you think of this? I like Emma Watson a lot, but her criticism of Beyonce (which echoes many other “feminists”) sounds more suggestive of veiled slut shaming than anything else. I myself have been “victim” of feminists that seem to think there is only one way to “do feminism right.”

Here is a short blurb from the article I read, followed by the source link if you want to read the article in its entirety.

Shortly after the United Nations speech that made her a feminist icon, Emma Watson, inevitably, weighed in on that other feminist icon, Beyoncé. “I felt [Beyoncé’s] message felt very conflicted,” Watson said, “in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, you know this very strong woman and she has that beautiful speech in one of her songs [“Flawless”] but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.” (source)


Men and women of all color, race, and creed could benefit from this simple sentiment…

It is interesting, however, to note, as the article goes on to mention, that the majority of Beyonce’s fans are female.  It stands to reason, then, most of her concert goers would likewise be female.  At any rate, what I largely took from the criticism (that Beyonce somehow undermines her status as a feminist “hero” or icon by dancing in a sexually provocative manner in a show “designed for men”)  is that women are somehow not allowed to embrace their sexuality and sexual presence if the manner of that expression might appeal to men. Now my regular readers will know by now I am not a feminist of the bra burning variety.  Let me assure my non-regular readers, I do not look for things to be pissed about, and I do not allow myself to be baited by any and every perceived slight against women.  Let me be clear.  The fact that I am not an aggressive enough feminist has cost me “feminist” friends.  And that makes me sad, because to me it means women not only have to fight against oppression/sexism by some men or a system still largely slanted towards men, but also have to fight other women too.  I rather hope women can come together more, respecting one another’s differences, instead of being jealous, critical, or even downright catty to one another.

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