You might remember that inspirational sample from Beyonce's legendary track "Flawless," in which a bold woman with a defiant voice defined the word "feminism" in simple yet demanding terms.
"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes,” clarifies writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a sample from her TED Talk titled "Everyone Should Be A Feminist".
Despite the proliferation of the quote through the track (which, by the way, Beyonce had never asked permission to use), Adichie has recently voiced some criticisms of Beyonce's form of pop-feminism. In a recent interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Adichie clarifies her philisophical relationship to Queen Bey.
Before the critique, though, Adichie ackowledges that "with this song, she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and buy my essay," and notes her appreciation for the fact that Beyonce " takes a stand in political and social issues" while also "portray[ing] 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."
But Chimamanda has some serious complaints too: "[H]er 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," she said. "[M]en 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?"
"We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men," she continued. "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% of our time on men, because it's fun, but otherwise, we should also be talking about our own stuff."
Hey, you know what? Fair enough.
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