Thursday, March 13, 2014

Girl power

At Fishwrapper, Sarah Taylor is irked at Beyonce “Ban Bossy” Knowles-Carter’s new soft-core porn (music) video for her single, “Partition.” In the video, Beyonce titillates her man by swishing around in scant clothing in a dimly lit ballroom. A conflicted Taylor writes:

The message is what could be construed as even further detrimental to Beyonce’s message of undying feminism. Check out the lyrics:

Driver roll up the partition please
I don’t need you seeing Yonce on her knees
Oh he so horny, yeah he want to f—
He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse
He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown
I just wanna be the girl you like, the girl you like

Why are you so concerned about being the kind of girl he likes, Bey? Doesn’t that go against everything you’ve been peddling over the years about how it’s all about you, and how you feel about yourself in your own skin, and not relying on another person to validate you to the point where you want to be something that you might not be?

First of all, this is not like the feminist-approved animal exhibit between Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus last year. While the pair’s VMAs performance was pure dehumanizing hedonism, the Beyonce video is eroticism exemplified—as graphic as Thicke and Cyrus, but not trashy.

Beyonce knows she’s beautiful, and she knows her beauty attracts her husband to her. She’s not dancing for just anyone. She’s not dancing for herself. She’s dancing for the man she exchanged vows with.

That she finds pleasure in pleasing someone other than herself violates the feminist imperative, in which power is the highest object. Sexual objectification is to be used to get ahead, by manipulating men into doing what you want and by staving off pregnancy. Femininity directed selflessly into marriage does not compute.

Feminism is a big part of Beyonce’s brand, on the other hand. She wouldn’t get to hobnob with the president and first lady if she weren’t a feminist icon. Observe her “Ban Bossy” campaign, stigmatizing natural differences in male and female attitudes towards group activity and leadership. Masculinity is an impulse to act. Men tend to follow active, energetic men, alphas, doers. Women, who are less inclined to rigorous action, come off as bossy when they try to lead men with commands, rather than by example. Admission of this reality doesn’t elicit an invitation to the Obama’s White House.

As Sarah Taylor points out, Beyonce betrays the “girl power” struggle by celebrating submission to her husband. The definition of hypocrisy is publicly saying one thing and doing privately its opposite. Since she’s saying empowerment and submission are good for women, a question needs to be answered: What truth is Beyonce breaking from? What are the $300 million woman’s real values?

Who but God can tell the truth in Beyonce’s heart? Although putting her popularity at risk for her marriage values is indicative.

Sociologist Charles Murray also gives us insight. In Coming Apart, Murray shows how a cultural divide splits America along class lines, how social liberalism’s effects are evident in the middle and lower classes, with their disastrous divorce rates and illegitimacy rates. Murray’s critical contention is this: While the upper class is nominally socially liberal, by temperament and example they are social conservatives. They are far more likely to wait until marriage to have children, to stay married, and to attend church.

“Rich liberals lead personally admirable and economically productive lives, but they are tied to a false ideology of socialism and social permissiveness.” –Andrew Gelman, summarizing Charles Murray

Duke University’s collective outrage at freshman Miriam Weeks for porn acting to pay for tuition would seem to be tarnished by the same hypocrisy as Beyonce’s self-contradictory marriage porn. There’s little doubt the students and faculty stand on the “right side of history” with respect to the sexual revolution. Few would deny her “right” to do whatever she wanted with her body. Why the outrage, then? Why publicly shame Miriam Weeks?

It’s trendy in elite circles to hold socially liberal views. Exemplifying them, though, is not so trendy. Truth subconsciously persists.

“Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls,” Barack Obama said. He wasn’t referring to her free-wheeling, illicit sex life. No father wants that for his daughters, not even a cognitively dissonant, doctrinaire liberal like Obama. He was referring to Beyonce’s virtue. Everyone honors virtue, despite what they say publicly.

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