Through the task assignment, I tried to find something that describes who I am. I decided rather than giving a brief summary of my goals, hobbies, and jobs, that I would examine a recent change in thought process to illustrate who I am in my life right now.
As we all know, the world is obsessed with Beyonce, including me. I have been a fan of her’s since Destiny’s Child’s first single “No, No, No” and followed her solo career thus after. I saw Beyonce this past year in August during her Mrs. Carter Tour; my admiration grew for her sense of independence, beautiful body, and love for her art.
As I listened to her most recent album, Beyonce, it seemed to embody every emotion that I have recently faced in my senior year of college- love, passion, a sense of acceptance, and power. I fell deeply into Beyonce’s album and the the image of Beyonce- her beauty, power, and idealized image of woman she created. Through Beyonce’s success of her most recent album, it seems that our society has been praising Beyonce as an almighty figure to be compared to a religious figure. Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram filled with Beyonce pictures, memes, and articles. Two articles that I recently read changed my deep infatuation of Beyonce to a more realistic and practical view of who she is.
I was recently sent a blog post called “Bey is for Basic”, which describes Beyonce as a simple woman that got lucky. The blog post initially had a rough start but it highlighted some good points. Beyonce is a woman who is talented and got really lucky, her music is not deep, but relatable. This article shed some light on the reality that is Beyonce and was pushed further through another article.
Beyonce recently contributed to The Shriver Report with her post, “Gender Equality Is a Myth!”. Beyonce announces in an uncreative and simplistic manner that there is no such thing as equality amongst the two genders in 2014. The picture that the constant Buzzfeed lists, Instagram posts, Youtube videos seem to enforce is that Beyonce is a woman with great intellectual depth and societal analysis, but her writing seemed to reinforce the idea of her as “basic”.
Beyonce is a musician, not a writer, I appreciate her strong sense of feminism and advocacy of “girl power”, but she is not a God nor an unattainable image. Beyonce is beautiful, talented in her career field, and just so happens to be married to an equally talented man, but she is not the end all be all. Her album is very relatable and I enjoy the variety of songs she has as an artist, but she is not immortal. Beyonce is my favorite artist, but not my savior. It is important to take Beyonce for what she is, a celebrity, and stop telling women that they can never be as happy, pretty, or successful as Beyonce.