Is Beyonce A Feminist Icon?

*Editor’s Note: Beyonce Knowles and I share a birthday–an exact birthday.  So–according to my calculations–I know three people who share the exact same birthday.  Myself, Stacey Byers (with whom I went to school) and Beyonce Knowles.  #carryon

In the run up to the 2012 election, I have to resist the temptation to go full-bore into my natural tendencies toward political neurosis.  So, I am attempting to channel my energies into more entertaining endeavors.  I am going to study the politically-themed music of the last 10 to 20 years.  We usually think about the 60’s when we think of protest or other politically-related tunes, but there has been a plethora of enjoyable and interesting attempts.  With seemingly unending war and geo-political strife, it’s no wonder.

In my initial research, I was reading an article from Politics Daily–it’s about 2 years old.  If you are too lazy to click the link and get a preview of the stuff I will be discussing in my series, I will just tell you that Beyonce made the list with her song “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).”

As you can see, the song is about a woman who is finished with a man who refused to make a commitment to her for the long-term.  According to the Politics Daily story, this song is Beyonce’s full-throated endorsement of marriage and an expression of her empowerment as a woman.  While I think it’s more about a pithy song, but I’m going to tepidly agree with this reporter–whether the connection is explicit or implicit.

But, mine is not the only opinion.  So, what do you think?  Share your comments below.

No matter what you think about its political message, I think we can all agree with Kanye West–“Beyonce had one of the best videos of all-time.”

3 comments on “Is Beyonce A Feminist Icon?

  1. RodTRDH
    September 22, 2012 at 12:22 AM #

    Um question. How is marrying a man who is in the same upper-upper economic class as you making a feminist statement?

    • Chris Tiedeman
      September 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM #

      As I said, my agreement tepid. I guess it’s more the generalized “empowerment” theme of the song.

      IF the song was designed to be a feminist statement, it fails. She did marry a man who informed us what one of his 99 problems was NOT. It only works as a statement if it wasn’t designed as one.


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