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Ah the policing of women’s bodies by white men. It never ends. They just can’t seem to get over the fact that, (as Oprah so eloquently put it in reference to Donald Sterling and his insane comments) we are indeed “off the plantation.” Oprah
So blogger Matt Walsh has a beef with Beyonce. In his misogynist manifesto he attempts to slut shame, body police and silence the feminist/provocateur because her lyrics to the song Partition, don’t measure up (in his authoritative opinion) to the “beauty and joy” of something like the Song of Solomon…
I’m not kidding. He compares pop music in 2014 to a sexual chapter in the collected writings of men thousands of years ago. I can’t make this up.
He actually calls Beyoncé
“Stupid”, he also claims she “sexually degraded herself”. He is referring to the MTV performance where she GASP expressed sexual attraction to none other than her HUSBAND. This goes back to the power of black bodies in art and culture. There are hundreds of articles on this. White power systems first used black bodies as chattel, and they haven’t quite gotten over it. The practice of policing black women and their sexual expression flared up in recent times of Janet Jackson’s nipple remember? Janet was demonized and Justin Timberlake who ripped her cup off and exposed her naked breast on live television-escaped unscathed. Janet was thrown completely under the bus.
This white, cis-gendered male thinks he has the authority and the right and the place to tell Beyoncé her words are stupid and that she has no artistic integrity.
Mr. Walsh can sit ALL the way down. Take a seat sir.
1. You seriously need to educate yourself on the patriarchy of the biblical world and the heavy objectification of women as simple sex objects created simply for mans sexual pleasure in that writing you so love, the Song of Solomon.
2. Beyoncé is a feminist. Not because she has written some dissertation, (though she has written a few great statements on herself and her journey)
she is a feminist because she says she is, and because she has agency and owns her sexuality. It is not yours to debate or degrade.
3. Beyoncé is a mother and a wife. She is also a grown woman, she is 32 years old. To compare her to Miley Cyrus who is 21 is absurd. Apples and Oranges my friend. Not that you get to shame Cyrus either. I am not a fan of Cyrus, however I would never deny her agency or her feminist credentials. She is in control of herself from all appearances, and she gets to do what she wants. You have no place in their sexual expression.
Beyoncé on Gender Equality
The reason I am even giving Mr. Walsh the time of day is because his insulting, women hating, slut shaming rant got over 10THOUSAND shares.
Apparently there are a whole lot of people who agree with Mr. Walsh.
So clearly we have a lot of work to do fellow feminists and people who think women shouldn’t be shamed about having sexual desire for their husbands…
I wonder how many people will share this blog post…
Do you agree?