A guest post by Rachel Lewis.
(I am writing as a guest because this represents only my views, not the views of my organization.)
On December 13, Beyoncé released her self-titled album. I could go into depth about the songs and how feminist they are, but people have already begun their analysis, especially in regards to the track ***Flawless, where Beyoncé features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
What I want to talk about is why we, and by we I mean the feminist movement, seem so hesitant to call Beyoncé a hardcore feminist icon.
I mean, think about it. The second Lily Allen dropped her music video for Hard Out Here feminists were "yaaassing" all over the place and praising her as a gift to the feminist movement. Soon enough came critiques of the implicit racism within the video.
My point here is not to critique Lily Allen, but is rather to question why we were so quick to make her this massive feminist icon, pushing her on tumblr and praising her and thanking her for her massive contributions to the movement, but why, for years, we have been hesitant to adopt Beyoncé, and why she is critiques so much more harshly than other women in power.
beyoncé’s team probably haven’t seen their family in six months
i found a threatening bookmark
THEY GAVE THIS TO ME IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL