Essay On Beyonce

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“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” (Nash). People who believe in feminism say that the gender roles inflicted upon citizens are wrong. They actively challenge and defy the norms. Many celebrities consider themselves to be feminists. One front runner in this movement is Beyonce Knowles-Carter. In fact, a majority of her songs have feminist aspects to them. The lyrics in the songs Beyonce sings such as “If I Were a Boy,” “Pretty Hurts,” and “Flawless,” confront the standards and gender roles inflicted by society like outward appearance and the inferiority of women compared to men. In her songs “If I Were a Boy” and “Pretty Hurts”, Beyonce compares the difference in the social norms of physical images for males and females. The first song, “If I Were a Boy” states, “I’d roll outta bed in the morning and throw on what I wanted and go” (Jean and Gad). She is saying that if she were a male instead of a female, society wouldn’t care so much to what she is wearing. It is…show more content…
The song declares, “You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man.” In society, this is true. We tell young girls to have big dreams for their future, yet many times the best paying and highest regarded careers are taken by men. It is the social stigma that males are dominant and should always be in the positions of power. The quote shows how males are the supreme gender in society. The song also states, “We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs...but for the attention of men” (Nash). Beyonce is saying that the ultimate goal for a woman is marriage, where as for a man it is the dignity of a career. A family is the pride in a female’s life. However, for men to attain respect, it stems from how much money they take
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