Classic Episode: Beyonce's Feminism


The release of Beyonce's secret "visual album" in December 2013 was hailed as her feminist manifesto, setting off an Internet-wide discussion about the mega-star's public image versus her personal politics. Cristen and Caroline weigh in on the pop cultural significance of Beyonce's feminism.

Episode sources:

"The Solo Beyonce: She's No Ashanti" by Kelefa Sanneh. July 06, 2003. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/arts/music-the-solo-beyonce-she-s-no-ashanti.html

"Beyonce Is a 'Feminist, I Guess'" by Maureen O'Connor. April 04, 2013. New York. http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/04/beyonc-is-a-feminist-i-guess.html

"Miss Millennium: Beyonce" by Amy Wallace. February 2013. GQ. http://www.gq.com/women/photos/201301/beyonce-cover-story-interview-gq-february-2013

"Policing Feminism: Regulating the Bodies of Women of Color" by Janelle Hobson. June 10, 2013. Ms. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/10/policing-feminism-regulating-the-bodies-of-women-of-color/

"Feminists Everywhere React to Beyonce's Latest" by Bilal Qureshi. Dec. 19, 2013. NPR. http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2013/12/19/255527290/feminists-everywhere-react-to-beyonc-s-latest

"Flawless: 5 Lessons in Modern Feminism From Beyonce" by Eliana Dockterman. Dec. 17, 2013. TIME. http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/17/flawless-5-lessons-in-modern-feminism-from-beyonce/

'Beyonce' Serenades Teen Boys & Black Feminists" by Tanya Steele. Dec. 16, 2013. Indiewire. http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/beyonce-serenades-teenage-boys-black-feminists

"Gender Equality Is a Myth" by Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Jan. 12, 2014. The Shriver Report. http://shriverreport.org/gender-equality-is-a-myth-beyonce/

"Beyonce: Gender equality is a myth" by Breeanna Hare. Jan. 14, 2014. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/13/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/beyonce-feminism-shriver-report/

"Is Beyonce Beting a Feminist Just For Record Sales?" by Anushay Hossain. Jan. 29, 2014. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2014/01/29/is-beyonce-being-a-feminist-just-for-record-sales-2/

"Beyonce's New Album Is Not As Feminist As the Media Is Making It Out To Be" by David Levesley. Feb. 04, 2014. PolicyMic. http://www.policymic.com/articles/81013/beyonce-s-new-album-is-not-as-feminist-as-the-media-is-making-it-out-to-be

"Beyonce and the Oversimplification of Women Through Beauty" by Ernest Owens. Jan. 29, 2014. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens/beyonce-and-the-oversimpl_b_4684876.html

"All Hail the Queen?" by Tamra Winfrey Harris. 2013. Bitch. http://bitchmagazine.org/article/all-hail-the-queen-beyonce-feminism

"On Defending Beyonce: Black Feminists, White Feminists, and the Line in the Sand" by Mia McKenzie. Dec. 16, 2013. Black and Dangerous. http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2013/12/defending-beyonce-black-feminists-white-feminists-line-sand/

"Beyonce, Feminism, Ambivalence" by Anne Helen Petersen. Feb. 07, 2013. Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style. http://www.annehelenpetersen.com/?p=3177

"Tavi Gevinson Told Emma Watson She Doesn't Want to Edit Vogue" by Kat Stoeffel. March 03, 2014. New York. http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/03/tavi-to-emma-watson-i-dont-want-to-edit-vogue.html

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