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Black Internet Feminists Embrace Beyonce As One of Their Own:Bottom Power, Bread and Circuses

"Bottom power is not power at all." - Ngozi Adichie

This post if for those of you who recognize that Beyonce Knowles Carter is not some symbol of Black women's empowerment, but an agent and tool of the status quo- She's in a golden cage, but it's still a cage.

So in case you were under a rock, Beyonce dropped a new album last week. She included a partial sound byte from Ngozi Adichie and now the Black Internet Feminist Mafia is pulling out knives and slicing up anyone who dares to disagree with their edict that Beyonce, a woman married to a violent anti-Black woman bigot is a feminist. Cue the nonsense -

 5 Reasons I'm Here for Beyonce, The Feminist (Prepare for foolishness)

Beyonce's New Album Should Silence her Feminist Critics ( More foolishness)

Why White Feminists are Mad at Beyonce

Read the Brawl in the Comments Section Over at Jezebel.

Melissa Harris Perry suffered a cervical hnp from all this neck rolling she did on her show trying to brain wash good men and women with common sense that Beyonce is anything more than entertainment. She declares the album a feminist manifesto.

I don't know if Beyonce is a feminist or not. I'll leave it to the Black Internet Feminists to hand out sorority pens and monogrammed sweaters to whomever they choose.

What I do know is that Beyonce is no friend to the cause of advancement for Black women and girls.

Beyonce isn't a rebel. She's the very definition of the status quo. She benefits greatly from a system that has declared that Black women and girls are nothing more than the sum of their parts and the purpose of our existence is to serve men. Yes, she's powerful, but her power flows through men. And she knows it.

I'll leave it to the Black Internet Feminists to Police their own. We don't deal with social justice brand names around here. You can call yourself whatever you want to- but what are you doing?

Let's talk about Beyonce's stance on empowerment for women and girls.

Let's talk about this guy. His name is Terry Richardson. He photographs Beyonce and directed one of the videos included in her latest Album.He's a pervert and an alleged sexual predato

the photographer has been called out on numerous occasions for doing things like having an intern wear a crown that bears the word “SLUT” or asking for models to touch his penis, Brooklyn Magazine.

Terry Richardson's sexual tastes run to making tampon tea, being called "Uncle Terry," and hand jobs — at least according to one model who says the fashion photographer got naked on set and suggested that she touch his d**k. Jezebel

This is a pattern.

“He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves.

“His ‘look’ is girls who appear underage, abused, look like heroin addicts . . . I don’t understand how anyone works with him.”

Rasmussen said: “I told him what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [bleep] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue. NY Post

Don't you feel the "empowerment"? there's more

“Of all the fine folks I’ve frolicked au natural for, he’s the only one who’s left me feeling like I needed to take two showers,” writes Jamie Peck on women’s Web site The Gloss. After meeting Richardson at a party a few years ago, Peck, then 19, stopped by his studio for a shoot, where he asked to be called “Uncle Terry” while shooting her nude. On her second visit, she claims, Richardson got completely naked himself, had his assistant take pictures of Peck taking pictures of him, and eventually requested a sex act, “all the while casually mentioning his upcoming Miu Miu shoot with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup . . . and suggesting I come upstate with him and his fab celebufriends.” NY Post

If you want to read more, here's a list of additional stories

Terry Richardson Is Really Creepy: One Model's Story

Supermodel Rie Rasmussen Blasts Terry Richardson As A Predator
Terry Richardson Again Accused Of Exploiting Models
Terry Richardson's Dark Room
Me and My Mom

Eat the Cake Anna Mae

Let's talk about the empowering lyrics on her song Drunk in Love from Beyonce's violent anti-Black woman husband ( her fans are making all kinds of excuses on this one):

“I'm Ike Turner, turn up/Baby know I don't play/Now eat the cake, Anna Mae.”

Because nothing is more empowering than invoking the memory of Tina Turner being beat up and brutalized by Ike Turner.

Do you feel empowered?

And I'm not going to even go into Beyonce's very narrow definition of sexual "empowerment." Afterall, this is a woman who had to create an alter ego "Sasha Fierce" because she didn't want to own gyrating and flouncing around in her underwear.Hey if you're going to do it, own it- don't create imaginary friends and blame your choices on them.

Ironically for all of their amen-ing and cheering the prospect of Beyonce being one of their own, they missed one of the most important segments of Ngozi Adichie's Ted Talk. Ngozi paused near the end of her talk to discuss "bottom" power - It's at minute marker 26:45 ( I guess the Black Internet Feminists didn't get that far in her talk.

It's a great talk. It's worth the 30 minutes to hear the entire Ted Talk, not just the parts that fit into Beyonce's agenda.

Which brings us to bread, circuses and thirst:

"Bread and circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace,[1] as an offered "palliative. Wikipedia

Some Black women are so thirsty that they have rushed to embrace table scraps and slice and dice anyone who dares to point out that Beyonce has offered Black women and girls NOTHING of substance, only crumbs.

So this post isn't for the Black Internet Feminists- you're wrong on Beyonce - We don't need to discuss that.

This post isn't to the Beyonce stans who don't care about power at all. - She's entertainment- We don't need to discuss that.

This post is for those of you who recognize Beyonce's table scraps, but doubted your own eyes because all of the people who ought to know better were saying otherwise.

"Remember who the real enemy is." Don't Ever "Bow Down" to these thirsty fools.




Your Election Opening Thread

I already voted during early voting, which I never have done for presidential elections. I actually like going to the polls on election day. I think I was so tired of hearing about the election, I decided to just get it over with. In any event, I have never had to stand in a line as long to vote for anything. 

I want to thank CNN for bleeping out the word b*%%& at this election rally performance by Jay-Z, unfortunately they left in H(*%. Yep. Yep. Yep. 

Happy Black Woman has an interesting post called Be the President of Your Own Life

I quit the internet for about 96 hours. 



The Beyonce Effect- Another Attack on "Empowerment" Anthems

We listen to songs marginalizing and dehumanizing Black women all day long and there is almost NEVER any response to the lyrics from the masses. But like clockwork anytime a Black woman puts out something that might slightly sound "empowering" and it catches the hearts, minds and imaginations of women, there is almost an immediate "remix" response from a  male artist or some editorial analysis. Note I don't think its empowering, it just "sounds" that way, but I shan't get into the contradiction that is Beyonce Knowles Carter today.

So apparently some people are taking Beyonce's latest contradictory "empowerment" ditty "Single Ladies" aka "Put a Ring on It" to heart in the club. I wouldn't know because I don't go to clubs. When I was 21 in the club, I always looked on the old men and older women in the 18 and up club with pity.  Then  I entered the world of grad-professional student house parties and saw no need to pay a cover charge to be around foolishness. But I digress.

Now If you haven't heard the song, I don't know how you missed it, but if you haven't heard the song, surely you've been bombarded by the YouTube videos of various unfortunate souls attempting the recreate the choreography in the Single Ladies Video. Including little Black girls Yes, its like virus, its spreading everywhere. But I'm not here to talk about inappropriate dances for children...today.

Basically the theme of the song is that a man had the opportunity to be with Beyonce, but he didn't marry her so now he's lost out and shouldn't be jealous that Beyonce is up in the club bumping and grinding on another man. I said contradictory. If he wanted her "he should have put a ring on it."

But to the point about there being no room for jealousy if a woman moves on to another relationship when a  man refuses to commit to her...What's controversial about that. She wanted commitment, he didn't. She moved on. Seems reasonable. Oh no my friends, SOME men couldn't abide Black women around the country beginning to get the radical idea that if you wanted to continue living with them like husband and wife, you might want to enter into some type of contractual obligation recognized by the state and enforceable by a court of law.

So The Fly Guy, (hattip necoleb*tchie.com) posted letter from a reader in response to an ex's statement that he "shoulda put a ring on it" called I Only Liked It..So I Didn't Put a Ring on It. He started out the piece with this disclaimer:

This piece is dedicated to every woman who takes Beyonce’s latest single “Single Ladies” literally. Please understand that her world does not provide a true depiction of every day life, so you have to view her songs purely for what they are … entertainment only.

IN other words, the idea of demanding a commitment in exchange for fulfilling "wifely" duties is a myth. How convenient.  He then goes on to post a letter from a guy that blame a woman for  pointing out that his jealousy was unwarranted in light of the fact that the man didn't want to commit to her.

Did I miss you? Of course I did—which is why I let my emotions get the best of me when I saw you with that guy last night. I can own up to the fact that my behavior was wrong, but your response was way out of line. To suggest that I had no room to get angry because I never asked you to marry me … well that’s just ridiculous.  [Um no, I think that that was a reasonable conclusion to reach, if you want exclusivity and don't want to see her with anyone else, marriage to procure her exclusive affections isn't "ridiculous " at all]But if you really want to play that game, then let me explain to you the real reasons that I never popped the question.

You can read the whole letter over at the Fly Guy Chronicles, but to sum up the reasons why the writer didn't pop the question, there was something WRONG with the woman, yet he stayed in a 3-year relationship with her before she got tired of waiting.  You have to read the comments over there. What has the world come to when an "anthem" about expecting marriage  so outrageous?

And that my friends is the point. Can you imagine the terror running down the spines of some men if all of a sudden women got wise and started to demand something or a more permanent in order to continue "relating" in relationships. Oh the HORROR of a generation of Black women running around demanding marriage.

This isn't the first time this has happened. I vaguely recall "No Scrubs" by TLC, there was an instant remix "response" attacking it. There was also  remix "response" to "Irreplaceable" . BUt there is almost NEVER a response to the foolishness pumped out by male artists.

So my question is this, why don't women analyze and respond to  all these anti-Black women anthems bombarding the airwaves ? Why aren't we in the studio?

It is interesting to note that the Census bureau is "reporting" an uptick in Black children being raised  in two parent families. OH the HORROR! We can't have that can we? Actually, the Census bureau is attributing the rise to immigrants, not "native born" Black folks. I don't believe it.

Disclaimer By no means am I endorsing the thoughts, views, or behavior of Beyonce Knowles Carter. Like I said, she a big ole walking contradiction, but that''s another post.

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