“All Hail the Queen?” by Tamara Winfrey Harris

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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http://bitchmagazine.org/article/all-hail-the-queen-beyonce-feminism
Tamara Winfrey Harris discusses Beyoncé and the aspects of her feminism. She argues against those that say she can’t be a feminist because “Turns out, booty shaking and stamping your husband’s last name on a product of your own creativity makes a lot of folks question your feminist values.”. Harris makes a number of great points about Beyoncé being in a lose-lose situation due to her race and celebrity status. This article raised awareness in my own judgment of not just Beyoncé, but other celebrity feminists as well. It is not always easy for me to remember that being in control of your own sexuality and deciding to dress in a way that makes you feel sexy is not always bowing down to the patriarchy. If Beyoncé or anyone else chooses to dress in a manner that happens to coincide with what the majority of the straight male population finds sexy, that doesn’t compromise their independence or feminism. The key is the choice. When you feel like there is no choice, that’s when the patriarchy won.

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