Tuesday, May 24, 2011

THE INTERSECTION | MADNESS & REALITY: The Problem With Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)"

I found this particular article extremely interesting! I like Beyonce! I even like the video (except the part when she give the camera "The Finger") but this article points out that this music video does not represent reality. Women all over the world are being persecuted and are suffering. This is true, beyond question. We can't forget that. This is an important point:

At the time Beyonce was singing that "girls run the world," 48 women were being raped per hour in the Congo, and their calls for justice were being ignored. Black women are dying at an alarming rate due to maternal death. If you think this is going on in some poor country in Africa or Latin America alone, you would be sorely mistaken. That's happening on American soil at this very moment

They [the woman in the video] dance to appease the male gaze. If girls run the world, why are you dancing for the men, and not the other way around? Mind, I don't want male subservience either. But no one thought about an alternate universe, where powerful women are at the head of boardrooms? No one thought to dress her up as the POTUS with an all-female staff; all-female military commanders?

I have to admit some people look at this video and just say "It's just art. Don't get deep with it?" I say say, Why not think? Of course it's entertainment, but we can't forget to be sober minded and don't get it confused with reailty.

THE INTERSECTION | MADNESS & REALITY: The Problem With Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)"
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