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Why Feminists Bow Down to Beyoncé

August 29, 2014 | Kasey Bethancourt

2014 MTV Video Music Awards - Fixed Show

Dr. Raina Robeva, the keynote speaker for Sweet Briar College’s Opening Convocation last Wednesday included Beyoncé on her list of powerful women role models, also featuring Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart. It is no surprise that a powerful woman such as Beyoncé, or “Queen Bey” as he fans call her, has an agenda that is shaped around women empowerment.  While I don’t deny that when “Single Ladies” comes on the radio I sing-scream it at the top of my lungs, Beyoncé’s agenda does not excite me as it does feminists. Spiked recently published an article on Beyoncé’s VMA performance and why feminists “bow down” to her.

“Unable to connect with anyone outside of their own cosmopolitan circle, [feminists] see in Queen Bey everything that they’re not – power, popularity; a force to be reckoned with. No wonder they’re all bowing down.”

While feminists believe Beyoncé embodies their views, she embraces her femininity, does not fear male masculinity, and would not call herself a victim. The following (or bowing down) mindlessly to Beyoncé by feminists actually portrays their weakness as a group:

 “For the prominent elite feminists of today, women are not autonomous individuals, capable of self-emancipation; they are all victims of the big-bad patriarchy in need of their patronage. As a result, the entire movement has become at once off-putting and utterly incomprehensible; retreating completely from the public square and residing in chatrooms, discussion groups and select newspaper columns. When feminists lust after Beyoncé, they do so from a sense of isolation and neediness.

Today’s feminists are ruthless, yet rootless. 

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