Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

from Beyoncé (Ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) – ***Flawless Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This clear definition is not the only time on the album that Beyonce addresses misconceptions of what it means to be a feminist.

Bey’s relationship to feminism has grown more explicit over the years. Critic Brittney Cooper reminds us:

In 2010, she gave an interview saying she was a “feminist in a way,” because she valued her female friendships deeply. Earlier this year, she claimed she was a “modern-day feminist.” Now she is straight up embracing the term in her music and claiming her right to tell women to both bowdown and encouraging them to be self-confident from the moment they step out of bed… in the same damn song! I rock with that because her feminism is complicated, and ours is too.

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