Analysis Of Beyoncé Knowles: An Untraditional Feminism

analytical Essay
1315 words
1315 words

Beyoncé: An Untraditional Feminist As an ever growing topic of debate in modern society, understanding feminism is critical to modern social and political stances. Beyoncé Knowles, a celebrity pop star has been a figure surrounded by debate for those seeking to define modern feminism. By examining her feminism, a great deal can be learned about different stance on modern feminism. As bell hooks defines it in her book, Feminism is for Everybody, “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression” (viii). Through this definition, hooks is clear that feminism can be embraced by anyone, male or female, black or white, rich or poor so long as they oppose sexism and its ramifications since opposing sexism does not mean …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how beyoncé's feminism can be embraced by anyone, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, as long as they oppose sexism.
  • Analyzes how beyoncé uses her celebrity status to promote women and confidence rather than just using it to achieve her own gains.
  • Analyzes how beyoncé embraces feminism through her traditional marriage to promote equality between men and women.
  • Analyzes how beyoncé embraces her own femininity through her body, which allows her to be a strong model for modern feminism.
  • Explains that beyoncé is a feminist since she opposes sexism and promotes equality. recognizing her feminist stance is vital to understanding modern feminism.

While Beyoncé must be untraditional in her display of feminism as a result of her unique position of celebrity and atypical job, this does not necessarily eliminate her from promoting equality for women despite being in a non-academic or business setting. In order to understand where Beyoncé fits into this explanation, there are a variety of possible angles to take. In particular, Beyoncé’s feminism can be examined through the primary lens of her music video “Who Run the World (Girls)” complemented by various secondary articles which take different stances on Beyoncé’s feminism. While Beyoncé is perhaps untraditional in her display of feminism, her confident embrace of her celebrity position, traditional marriage, and feminine identity allow her to create her own brand of modern feminism. By embracing her celebrity status and using it to promote women and confidence rather than simply using it to achieve her own gains, Beyoncé expresses her feminism in a clear but untraditional way. In the lyrics of her “Who Run the World (Girls)” music video, Beyoncé …show more content…

Her confidence is well illustrated in the music video “Who Runs the World (Girls)” by her fierce, focused expression while dancing in skimpy, feminine clothing. This idea of power coupled with femininity is noticeable throughout the music video by comparing images of Beyoncé and powerful animals such as lions and hyenas as well as by combining feminine clothing of garters and lingerie with powerful clothing of combat boots. These elements work together to illustrate Beyoncé’s acceptance of her own femininity but also show how she allows that to empower her, not weaken her. Her actions in the music video are complemented by her actions in real life such as posing in the GQ magazine in only her underwear. On the other hand, some such as Hadley Freeman feel that Beyoncé is too powerful to need to stoop to posing in such magazines; in Freeman’s words, “It’s another if you are professedly one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business who has no need of such tactics.” While it’s true that Beyoncé does not need such tactics, it does not necessarily follow that these tactics are in fact a bad thing and purely a publicity stunt. Rather, these tactics are her way of embracing her feminine identity in order to promote feminism in her own way. While perhaps not as professional

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