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.

"Beyonce Is a 'Feminist, I Guess'" by Maureen O'Connor. April 04, 2013. New York.

"Miss Millennium: Beyonce" by Amy Wallace. February 2013. GQ.

"Policing Feminism: Regulating the Bodies of Women of Color" by Janelle Hobson. June 10, 2013. Ms.

"Feminists Everywhere React to Beyonce's Latest" by Bilal Qureshi. Dec. 19, 2013. NPR.

"Flawless: 5 Lessons in Modern Feminism From Beyonce" by Eliana Dockterman. Dec. 17, 2013. TIME.

'Beyonce' Serenades Teen Boys & Black Feminists" by Tanya Steele. Dec. 16, 2013. Indiewire.

"Gender Equality Is a Myth" by Beyonce Knowles-Carter. Jan. 12, 2014. The Shriver Report.

"Beyonce: Gender equality is a myth" by Breeanna Hare. Jan. 14, 2014. CNN.

"Is Beyonce Beting a Feminist Just For Record Sales?" by Anushay Hossain. Jan. 29, 2014. Forbes.

"Beyonce's New Album Is Not As Feminist As the Media Is Making It Out To Be" by David Levesley. Feb. 04, 2014. PolicyMic.

"Beyonce and the Oversimplification of Women Through Beauty" by Ernest Owens. Jan. 29, 2014. Huffington Post.

"All Hail the Queen?" by Tamra Winfrey Harris. 2013. Bitch.

"On Defending Beyonce: Black Feminists, White Feminists, and the Line in the Sand" by Mia McKenzie. Dec. 16, 2013. Black and Dangerous.

"Beyonce, Feminism, Ambivalence" by Anne Helen Petersen. Feb. 07, 2013. Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style.

"Tavi Gevinson Told Emma Watson She Doesn't Want to Edit Vogue" by Kat Stoeffel. March 03, 2014. New York.

Topics in this Podcast: music, feminism, pop culture, black women, hip hop, beyonce, pop music, best of 2014 headlines