From Jenessa Williams, HFC member (podcast on link below):
She has 17 grammies, 12 MTV awards and a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. A singer, dancer, actress, philanthropist, mother and a wife, it’s obvious that Beyonce is a highly influential artist, but is she a true feminist?
With The Guardian labelling her a ‘bad’ role model for young women after posing in her underwear on the cover of Men’s magazine GQ, and her lyrics of independence being criticised as hollow in the face of her new found family status, Beyonce appears to be losing face in the eyes of the media.
But what is the truth? Is it possible to strike a blow for women whilst wearing your underwear? Can you be proud of your married status and still fight for female empowerment? Is there really such a thing as a ‘bad’ feminist? I set out to speak to those on both sides of the Beyonce battle, to discover whether she has got what it takes to deserve the ultimate ‘F Word’ tag.
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