Beyonce

Beyoncé Is Fighting the Patriarchy Through Pop Culture

As pop culture is a driving force in 21st century feminism, it has to be critiqued. But Beyoncé’s work holds real power. Read more »

Backtalk: bell hooks on Beyonce & Yacht's Hoax

This week we chat with Bitch contributor Zoe Samudzi about bell hooks's recent criticisms of Beyonce's Lemonade in “Moving Beyond Pain,” and how we can both respect and be critical of works by people we admire. Plus Sarah talks about how disappointing it was to learn about indie... Read more »

Backtalk: "Lemonade" + Marketplace Feminism

This week, we talk about Beyonce's visual album Lemonade with writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen, who wrote “What Beyonce's Lemonade Means to Me As a Black Woman,” and talk about the themes of... Read more »

The Witchy Feminism of Modern Music Videos

Artists from Beyoncé to Grimes embrace imagery and aesthetics of witchcraft in recent videos.  Read more »

There Was an Anti-Beyoncé Protest in NYC and Only Three People Showed Up

“I was expecting to meet thousands of people,” said a lonely anti-Beyoncé protester. Read more »

Beyonce's "Formation" Is a Celebration of Unapologetic Blackness

The song and video are a scathing visual response to #AllLivesMatter. Read more »

Feel-Good Feminism

This is an excerpt from the article “Feel Good Feminism” in the current issue of Oregon Humanities. Nineteen years ago, two friends and I sat around... Read more »

The VMAs Cemented Feminism as Beyoncé's Brand. What Comes Next?

A confession: I wasn't going to write about The Thing. Everyone else, it seemed, had their think pieces written this past Sunday night, and I couldn't imagine what else... Read more »

Applauding the Bootylicious Feminism of Beyonce and Josephine Baker

When Beyonce’s fifth studio album dropped late last year, she nearly broke the Internet. It was an epic reconnaissance commissioned by a pop queen determined to flex her might as a self-... Read more »

On Her Surprise New Album, Beyoncé is a Cultural Chameleon

This has not been a great year for women mega-pop artists. Lady Gaga’s Artpop fell flat, as well as Britney Spears’s Britney Jean. Sure, there was Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz but one could argue that her on-and-offstage antics suggest that she was more focused on getting press... Read more »

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No Disrespect: Black women and the burden of respectability

In February 2012, PBS host Tavis Smiley interviewed Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer about their Oscar nominations for their roles as Aibileen and... Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »