Hi, can we stop patrolling Beyonce’s feminist credentials because omg she said “Bow down bitches” and “thots” in a song.
There aren’t a lot of words in general use like “feminist.”There’s not that widely recognized one-word equivalent for like queers or blacks. Like you can call yourself an activist, sure, but generally if you’re of a marginalized identity you’re just assumed to be for that community’s rights.
The brilliance of the term “feminist” is that it’s an active thing to declare oneself in a world where woman are taught to be passive.
Society has a big problem with women calling themselves feminists because society has a big problem with women being non-passive. Society has twisted the word into something taboo to use.
There’s way too many examples of female pop stars who shy away from declaring themselves feminists — even Madonna never embraced the word! Many of them were in the audience that night (*ahem* Katy Perry).
So here comes Beyonce, the unimpeachable queen of pop at the top of her game giving a career milestone performance proudly and unambiguously declaring herself a feminist. I’m willing to bet a lot of those other artist in the audience (not to mention the millions of people watching at home) might stop shying away from declaring themselves feminist. Beyonce is doing a lot to destigmatize the word. More than probably anyone else has in the mainstream in a long, long time.
But then cue up these white girls and white gays on the internet like “oh, but she still said bitches in that one song” which is like the same as saying “he’s not a good example for the black community because he uses the n-word” or “that gay is homophobic because one time I heard him call his drunk friend a tagic fag.” Like, no, shut up.