Was Beyoncé attractive, sexy even? To be sure. But more than anything, she was powerful. Few things are more threatening to a male audience than a beautiful, powerful woman who doesn’t need a man, or even a male gaze.
Perhaps folk didn’t consciously notice there wasn’t a single male performer on stage. But for those few minutes, there were no male voices and no male bodies in control, only women who refused to be owned. And it wasn’t women just dancing up there, though the cameras largely focused on that. The women onstage were creating, everything. They appropriated traditional male images and transformed them female ones — not women just imitating men. They were claiming roles and instruments traditionally held by men: the horns and saxophones, the pyrotechnic guitar solo.
They were fierce, but refused to be masculinized or objectified.
[A]dvice about fucking (even while feminist) is always about what you shouldn’t do. Don’t watch porn, don’t give blow jobs, don’t go home with just anyone, don’t give away the milk so that he doesn’t think the cow is free. Don’t be an exhibitionist, don’t be submissive, don’t engage in sex work, don’t expect to be loved if you’ve been too slutty. There have been times where even I’ve been tempted to dismiss feminist ideals of fucking as little more than the same fantasies spoon-fed to us in romance novels and rom-coms: slow, emotionally intimate love-making while you stare into one another’s eyes as the music swells. Not that there’s anything wrong with that on occasion, or if that’s your thing, but sometimes, I just want to fuck.
It can’t be any more obvious that we live in a patriarchal society if ”feminist” is a bad word.
Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
Pat Robertson on Feminism. Best (read: most absurd) quote ever. (via bitchbanter)
This quote never fails to make me laugh. Not sure what socialism has to do with killing babies and lesbianism, but okay, Pat.
LOL pat robertson. although there are some socialist feminists out there who would love to destroy capitalism ;)
Sounds fun, right? This is a wonderful quote. I really loved it when FSO used it on fliers to recruit new members.