“Pretty Hurts” is the opening track on her self-titled album, and I believe that this makes a statement towards the contemporary feminists’ issues of today. There are many different social problems that the song tackles. Beyoncé is known as a feminist, and on each of her albums some songs are about female empowerment such as, “Single Ladies,” “Irreplaceable,” and “Run the World (Girls).” The theme of “Pretty Hurts” can be interpreted to be
During the song “Hold Up” we see Beyoncé’s reaction to her husband’s deception, which is violence, she walks around the Louisiana streets smashing car windows with a baseball bat. This is showing that instead of taking her anger out on Jay-Z and speaking up to him, Beyoncé keeps quiet and expresses her anger at random cars. As Beyoncé grows to become irritated with staying quiet she speaks up to her husband in the song “Sorry” which is basically saying do not put up with cheating and leave. Beyoncé’s exact words are “Middle fingers up, put them hands high/ Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye.” At the end of Hook’s article, she says the first step for African American women, and all women, to become fully free and completely able to stand up for themselves is to refuse to be victims to anyone and “[they] must choose beyond simply surviving adversity, [they] must dare to create lives of sustained optimal well-being and joy” (Hooks).
The meaning of the world is to speak upon all of the work that females do, and the credit that they do not receive. Within the first few lyrics of the song, the message of the message of the song is very clear, “Who run the world? Girls!” Is repeated a multitude of times throughout the song. Beyonce is clearly stating that girls run the world, and this is because of all
The main purpose of Beyoncé’s songs is to emphasise feminism and invigorate gender equality through her lyrics. She does so by using by conveying feminist philosophy in her lyrics. In Run the World, Beyoncé sings “strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.” Figurative language is used to express be that women give birth however then after they proceed to work. Throughout the song used is both repetition and rhetorical question as this is how Beyoncé portrays the women empowerment theme, domination as well as confidence in her tone whilst preaching the line “Girls, we run this motha (yeah!)” and “Who run the world? Girls!”. Having expressed the line “My persuasion can build he nation” Beyoncé is building women up by speaking
To quote Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, an influential modern feminist, in her song ‘Flawless’ she defines a feminist as “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes”
For nearly twenty years, Beyoncé has lived her life in the public eye yet she has always kept her cool, been submissive, and rather quiet when it came to her personal endeavors however after releasing the film “Lemonade”, we are able to see her in a vulnerable light. In Jeremy Helliger’s article: “Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyoncé Still Hasn’t Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy” he addresses the idea that although Beyoncé was able to encourage black women to be proud and free, she also she missed the mark by adding raunchy, over the top content to her vulnerability.
Beyoncé recently released her music video on Saturday February 6, 2016. Beyoncé 's "Formation" video forms messages in text and visuals that fits today 's social issues. They call attention to the audience mainly for women and Black America. This piece of rhetoric creates meaning in society by giving us events and visuals to help the
It also happened to be a guidance for that particular group of women on how to get over situations and heartbreaks. As for the video, it was another one of her forms for getting in touch with women’s feelings, being that it showed her resilience. By Beyoncé displaying resilience to women, they had hope in getting better and getting over their hardships. Being able to see how another woman handles situations that the audience has been through allows listeners to be able to learn from their experiences and possibly follow their
Beyonce is an African American female artist making incorporating empowering messages for women around the world. She is creating work that speaks to an audience that might not receive authentic mainstream. Beyonce ultimate goal is to visually and sonically entice wisdom through her music. Recently in a shocking video release, Beyonce debuted a new song “Formation” as well as a politically charged music video. This song was an uproar in the music industry worldwide. Millions of people around the world negatively viewed this song as a controversy. The music video and song caused many people to debate and cause a worldwide conflict.
In an article called ‘ladies first’: Queen Latifah’s Afrocentric feminist music, it talks about issues raised by feminist rap; rap that focuses on women’s importance, and the demand for equal treatment, and for the need to encourage each other. “Queen Latifah's feminism draws on the patterns of rap to assert the importance of women promoting themselves and other women. Rap, like all other forms of popular music, is not inherently feminist, but in this genre, as in other popular genres, female performers use specific generic qualities to promote a feminist message. Rap is noted for its emphasis on lyrics, and through the lyrics, female rappers make explicit assertions of female strength and autonomy.” Women talk about how they need to be seen as equal to a man through their lyrics and for women to encourage other women. That will push back the negativity from the male rappers toward the female rappers. For an example in a song called U.N.I.T.Y by Queen Latifah she said “Every time I hear a brother call a girl a b*** or a h*, trying to make a sister feel low, you know all of that got to go” Throughout her song she is letting male rappers know that they can’t be calling women those types of names, no matter what. Through time, the hip hop community is and will keep pushing back the misogyny and violence that rap
Feminism is about gender equality. In the first verse of the song it is very clear how this women is feeding into what hegemonic femininity is. "She puts on her work clothes, fishnet panty hose". This directly encourages the idealization of what being feminine is. Her "work clothes" are viewed as ones that overly sexualize a woman's body for the satisfaction and pleasure of hegemonic men.
It is a perfect culminating moment for how we make, distribute, and consume popular music.Examination of how Black cultural values and artistic traditions across the African diaspora inform Beyoncé’s artistic work.Articles on Beyoncé and her work might pursue the following, the role of intersectional feminism, especially Black feminism, in evaluating Beyoncé’s musical, audiovisual, and cultural work. The relation of late capitalism and neoliberalism to the reception and mediation of Beyoncé’s public persona. Theoretically informed thick descriptions of Beyoncé’s music recordings, videos, attached to the spectacle of the female body in pop
An example of how promotion has helped construct Beyoncé’s image is demonstrated through her album “I Am Sasha Fierce”. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Beyoncé admits to have created an alter ego named Sasha Fierce in an effort to separate her own shy personality from her stage persona and give herself the ability to feel sexy and fierce while performing (Youtube). But what is the logic behind Beyoncé’s manufactured appearance? A reason behind Beyoncé’s double persona, and why young women look up to her is because women of color have the perception that she has transcended racial lines due to her success in the white dominated society. However, she has not surpassed racial boundaries, instead she has conformed to fit society’s concept of
Women’s rights and racism have been two of the most controversial issues in the world. With all of the corruption occurring in the world, this should not be a main worry. Beyonce Knowles Carter recently released her sixth studio visual-album; this album, “Lemonade”, is her most emotional work yet. With this album, Beyonce has cemented her status as an artist who must be taken seriously. She has the influence to spark controversy across the nation and establish new trends. Beyonce’s newest album fought strongly for African American women’s rights. Some viewers felt as if this visual album was offensive to people of other ethnic backgrounds or genders.
While on her previous albums, Beyoncé was trying to empower all women, on Lemonade, Beyoncé speaks directly to black women. “As Jacqui Germain astutely noted on feministing.com, ‘Beyonce using the specific cultural marker of ‘Becky,’ [a social trope for white womanhood] in Lemonade is less a question of who’s excluding whom and why, and more so just us watching Beyonce be the ... multi-layered Black woman’” (Thompson, C., 2016). It was through this album that Beyoncé changed how the public thought of her. She was no longer afraid to not fully share what she wanted to say about current culture, and finally talked straight to black women to raise them up. It was also through this album that Beyoncé changed her image. Before her sixth album, Beyoncé definitely had feminist songs, but with Lemonade, she used rage to share her message, a message telling women that even after getting married, a man may not always be right for