Feminism As A Black Woman

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Feminism means something different to every woman. What feminism means to Beyoncé may be different from what it means to Bell Hooks. In Feminism is for Everybody, Hooks defines feminism as, “a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” Beyoncé’s feminism may be personal to her but the narratives she depicts in Lemonade resonate with her fans. Through the lenses of Hooks, I will examine the lyrics and images of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by comparing their views on marriage, political liberation, and double standards. Many women are empowered by the words of Bell Hooks. They can also be empowered by Beyoncé’s lyrics because they affirm and support what their lives have been like. Beyoncé uncovers the diversity of black women through history in her video. Visual images of slaves, mothers, young women, and working women combating struggles of being a black woman. In Don’t Hurt Yourself, a speech by Malcolm X is inserted where he said, “The most neglected person in America is the black woman. Similarly, Hooks wrote about the dismissal of black women in the feminist movement, “the utopian vision of sisterhood evoked in a feminist movement that initially did not take racial difference or anti-racist struggle seriously.” This comparison suggests that both Hooks and Beyoncé aim to improve the representation and political liberation of black women by making their narratives heard. Additionally, Hooks writes about political liberation as a form of men breaking ties
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