If Beyonce Was a Proponent of "Gender Equality," Jay Z Would Have Performed in a G-String at the GRAMMYS
We'll continue to be an island of sanity in a world dominated by Beyonce stans demanding that we view her latest hijinks in awe. Continue to NOT bow down my sistren. Beyonce performed at the GRAMMYS some parents are unhappy.
I think when you saw her straddling the chair at the start of the performance, that was your sign that this musical number was NOT going to be an episode of Dora the Explorer. The outfit was about what you'd see on an NFL sideline and the dance moves although provocative, didn't leave me as shocked as some of the descriptions would lead you to believe. She actually didn't dance as much as she lounged around on a spinning chair.
The appropriatness of any parent allowing their child to watch the GRAMMYS aside, I think the performance is a great teaching tool about gender equality- something Mrs. Knowles Carter claims to promote.
I intentionally skipped the discussion about the essay that Beyonce's publicist submitting in her name to be included in The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes back from the Brink. The essay was entitled Gender Equality is a Myth. A) I doubted Beyonce actually penned the essay and B) she isn't a proponent of gender equity. Here's a quote from her ESSAY[my comments are bolded]:
So why are we viewed as less than equal? [Because your husband gets to wear a suit while you run around in your under garments] These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. [Like on the GRAMMY Awards] We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. [By signing up to be objects while our husbands get to retain their full humanity] And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible. [As long as they do it in fishnets] Beyonce Knowles-Carter
I agree. Which is why I am incredibly shocked [NOT]that Beyonce did not practice what she preached during her opening act at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards. She danced around in lingerie while her husband (unrepentant drug dealer and domestic violence proponent) Jay Z was fully dressed in formal wear.
If we really wanted to TEACH boys and girls something, Jay Z would have performed in a g-string, jock strap, boxers or briefs. He would have been flouncing around parading his manly bits in front of the world while Beyonce looked on bored. That my friends would be progress!
Beyonce Knowles is not raging against the machine. She IS the machine. She's not breaking down barriers for women, she's reinforcing them with concrete and barbed wire.
Beyonce fans can't make up their minds. She does things to get people talking and when they talk, the stans say "its just music." When critics reply that "all of Beyonce's chatter about feminism and equality is just music and a marketing ploy," the stans rage NO! Her music is symbolic of a larger struggle for women. When her critics point out that her actions hinder the larger struggle for women, her stans say "But what about Miley Cyrus? Double standard!"
The latest attempt to silence Beyonce critics and those merely pointing out her hypocrisy is to latch on to a newspaper headline referring to Beyonce as a "whore" to try to paint anyone who objected to the GRAMMY performance as a promoter of sexism, misogyny and racism. No one should have called her a whore.
For the record, they called Miley Cyrus a "whore" and a skank.
None of which has anything to do with the fact that Beyonce promotes and profits from reinforcning a system of sexism and misogyny, no matter how many essays she's writes.
Don't bow down!