What does a stick of butter, a weeping willow, and a sneaker have to do with Feminism?
I guess the answer to the question would be absolutely nothing. And yet in the feminist world both black and white there is a penchant or past time really of taking things/ ideas that have absolutely nothing to with feminism or empowering women and manipulating and painting over them until feminists hear whatever they want. Usually it involves the personal preference of a few faux feminists who want to justify the stupidity of their personal choices so they invent reasons why their choice is cute/good/ feminist/ empowering and then go even further by encouraging that our a lauding it.
I’m here to tell black women: Do not buy into the hype.
What am I talking about? I’ll tell you.
I can’t seem to get away from the recent obsess….ahem fascination with Beyonce, and I especially seem to notice how on black run sites like Clutch, Madame Noire, etc etc there is always an article about how black women ought to somehow look up to this woman. But this isn’t about my dislike of Beyonce, no, this is about responders to an article about the responses to complainers about her half time show.
Apparently people were upset because she wasn’t wearing any clothes.
Of course the feminist obfuscators as per usual manipulated the conversation until they got the desired results. She’s just a performer, she dresses that way to perform easier, she’s empowering, people are uncomfortable with black sexuality, blah blah blah.
And yet these same ‘feminist’ can’t point out the bigger picture, I don’t think I’ve ever recalled any male performer half naked and gyrating on stage. In fact while Beyonce has built her career on the likes of her naked ass I don’t see many men doing that.
Justin Timberlake (who is coming out with a new album) isn’t coming out with a fireman stripper outfit. In fact when he is performing he came out in….a suit and tie! Gavin Degraw isn’t naked, hell even Adam Levine isn’t half naked and gyrating when he performs. He is fully clothed.
Better yet all of these people are usually playing an instrument! Meanwhile I keep seeing these women who can do nothing but have light shows and dance around naked.
Second of all I have to ask this. If beyonce is trying to be empowering to women, why do women need to see her naked? Why do I need to see her gyrate? I already have everything beyonce has I’m not impressed. Obviously she’s trying to draw in a crowd that’s not women.
This is another reason why I had to walk away from the feminist community because crap like this is actually being touted as “pro” woman.
Being told that “women run the world”(in the words of beyonce) while dancing Naked is NoT empowering. No matter how many definitions you twist it. Does. Not. Change. Facts.
Black women really need to be careful of people trying to sell them a feminist package. A lot of these people are just corporations trying to sell their message at any cost and they are able to get into bed with “women’s”websites like Jezebel. (I’ve often wondered who backs jezebel because no matter what they claim I will NEVER believe they are for women)
Black women also need to remember, that despite what Beyonce’s or( other women like her) claim in their music/ interviews, women are NOT running the world if they have to be naked (or as close as you can get) while doing it.