Monday, 10 October 2016

Chimamanda Adichie says Beyonce's kind of feminism isn't her kind of feminism

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A celebrated Nigerian writer who Beyonce quoted in one of her tracks has come out to distance herself from the singer’s interpretation of feminism. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won an astonishing 36 prizes for her work, and part of a speech she made in 2013 called ‘We should all be feminists’ now features in Beyonce’s song Flawless.
But despite saying she is ‘very feminist in the way [she looks] at the world’, Adichie says she finds major problems with Beyonce’s so-called feminist values.

Beyonce’s relationship with her husband Jay Z has been a central part of her image for many years, and it seems Adichie may find issue with how often the subject of men comes up in her songs.

Talking to Dutch paper Dutch paper De Volkskrant, she said of Beyonce: ‘Her style is not my style, but I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years.
‘She portrays a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing, and she has girl power. I am very taken with that.
‘Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men.
‘I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger?’

Here, it appears Adichie is referring to the 35-year-old’s popular song Single Ladies – with its famous refrain ‘If you like it then you should have put a ring on it!’.

The 39-year-old writer continued: ‘Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff.
‘We women should spend about 20 percent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.’
So what exactly is Beyonce’s ‘own stuff’? Has she ever sung a song that wasn’t in somehow connected to men?

Probably a few, including Run The World, but writing a song about being a powerful woman is not exactly interesting once you’ve established the woman singing it believes she’s powerful.

Still, as long as Bey and her songwriters can borrow from feminists, she shouldn’t run out of things to say.

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