If you saw the 2014 VMAs, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Beyonce closed the show and brought the house down with an incredible performance. It was everything from avant garde, to provocative, to unabashedly sexy, to touching. And it was feminism personified. Besides her obvious, and stunning talent and beauty the underlying message was loud and clear, “I am a woman and I can do anything.”
A message of empowerment was innately flavoring the whole performance. She wasn’t shy or apologetic about being strong, fierce, and feminine all at once. The word “FEMINIST” was posted huge in all caps
while she blasted out her song, “Flawless” including part of the speech “We Should All be Feminists”, delivered by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at a TEDxEuston conference.
Here’s the whole talk: TEDx TALK
And, here are the words sampled in the song “Flawless”:
We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes
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