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