Beyonce Is Not A Feminist So Stop Acting Like She Is

Beyonce Is Not A Feminist So Stop Acting Like She Is

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In 2013, Beyonce released her self-entitled album outrightly claiming a new wave of feminism and identifying herself as a feminist. “Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian Writer, defines feminism based on the primary philosophy of many Feminists in Beyoncé’s single "Flawless".

There are many philosophies of feminism but Beyonce seems to focus primarily on Sexual Feminism. While women fight to reclaim their bodies and their sexuality, Beyonce claims that as a feminist figure that is exactly what she’s doing.

I disagree. Beyoncé has recently become one of the leading feminists in an industry known for artists who often downgrade women to objects to promote an “image that sells” and to inflate their entitlement. Much like Beyonce and other female celebrities, there’s this repetitive cycle of presentation of female singers in Hollywood. Twerking and grinding on audience members is not feminism; it is not empowering.

It’s a sexual performance on stage. It is another way for the media to exploit a woman’s body. Talking about your own riches isn’t Feminism. Telling people to “bow down” isn’t lifting up other females, rather it exploits the pedestal that people and the tabloids have put her on. You cannot compare her “fight” against feminism to activities such as Emma Watson and her “He For She” campaign or Ashley Judd’s recitation speech “Nasty Women”. These women are fighting for equality.

Rap music has always been guilty of sexually exploiting women. We have come from ages of male rappers degrading women and comparing them to objects to female rappers doing it all on their own. Nicki Minaj’s "Anaconda" explicit remix to Sir Mix-a-Lot’s single ‘Baby Got Back’. In Jay-Z’s single "Big Pimpin" he refers to a woman as a “b**ch” and “ho”. His verse in Beyoncé’s "Drunk In Love" has caused controversy as he alludes to Ike Turner, known for his abusive relationship with wife Tina Turner. Jay-Z was scolded for his making light of domestic abuse. But Beyonce is a Feminist according to tabloids and fans.

Beyoncé is just creating records that sell. She is using her body to sell these records. If she is not selling her body, she is selling her marriage. In the entertainment industry, she is doing what she does best: entertaining. Placing emphasis on Sexual Feminism, people forget the other aspects that come with Feminism.

In my opinion, to be a feminist one must touch upon all aspects as stated: to improve the social, political and economic status of women. For someone who holds a big platform, she has many young girls who look up to her. Being exposed to these images are detrimental to the self-esteem of these young girls who try to live up to expectations that they cannot achieve. They lose their youth trying to become sexually mature so early.

Beyoncé is not a feminist. With an almost 20 year singing career behind her let her be who she should be: an entertainer.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

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We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?


Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.


"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*


Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.


Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*


Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.


Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?


First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.


Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?


Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?


It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.


Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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