Beyonce Explains Feminism in a Way Even a Man Can Understand


Beyonce performing at On The Run tour

Beyonce recently sat down for an interview with Elle, and she had so much to say on everything she's been doing -- past and present. Queen Bey gave us some major takeaways, but the one that stuck with us above all was her simple definition of a frequently and loosely used word: feminism. Seriously, it's like the crash course we never knew we needed -- and it's everything! 


Nearly three years ago, Bey dropped her self-titled album (overnight, might we add) with an ongoing theme of feminism. In particular, the track "***Flawless" set out to give us all a more reflective view of feminism itself.

The spoken word sampled in the song explains the harsh reality attached to double standards: 

We teach girls to shrink themselves -- to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful -- otherwise you will threaten the man.'

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That's why we were super-excited about this brief "Feminism for Dummies" lesson (as we call it) that she just casually dropped mid-interview, schooling everyone as to what the term truly stands for. In fact, it's the perfect way to explain to men and anyone else who doesn't immediately understand why social and economical inequality is such a problem. 

She explains feminism, during her interview, with one simple but major example: "Ask anyone, man or woman, 'Do you want your daughter to have 75 cents when she deserves $1?' What do you think the answer would be?" She later added, "If you believe in equal rights, the same way society allows a man to express his darkness, to express his pain, to express his sexuality, to express his opinion -- I feel that women have the same rights." Uh, can you say: Mic drop? 

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But, wait! Bey also reminds us that feminism does not mean abandoning your feminine side (a fact that many seem to forget) -- it doesn't even mean you have to be a woman, for that matter. 

On the inside, feminism is a fight for social, economical, and political equality -- and on the outside, it's any damn thing you please. Frankly, we'd all do well to remember that.  

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