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11Beyoncé Writes Feminist Essay: ‘Gender Equality Is a Myth’

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Beyoncé has been lauded as a bit of a feminist icon throughout her career, but especially after the release of her self-titled album in December. The record covered lots of different themes, from sex and lust (PLENTY of that) to the way society shapes young women into people who lack self-confidence and aim only to please other people. I think Bey is a great feminist (even if she does have a few too many tickets on herself, so to speak) and now she’s taken it to the next level by writing an essay about gender (in)equality.

Here’s en excerpt from the essay as published on The Shriver Report:

We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

If women received pay equal to their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income.

Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.

The full essay can be seen in the latest issue of The Shriver Report, entitled ‘A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink’, which is available on Amazon for free until tomorrow.

In any case, I dig what Beyoncé is saying here and it’s certainly ridiculous that women are still paid less than men for the exact same job, and that certain fields are still unfriendly towards inclusion of women – tech and sciences being the biggest culprits here, but there are plenty of others. Still, it’s a shame we have to have Beyoncé point out the obvious for us to pay any attention to it, even though it is a great thing that she’s using her status for good.

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January 14, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
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1Cheryl Cole Dancing to Beyoncé Makes Me Really Uncomfortable, For Some Reason

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I’m not sure what went wrong here, really. I love Cheryl Cole, generally. She’s a fantastic dancer – like, freakishly good – but you’d never be able to tell from this video, which she filmed while on vacation over the holidays. It seems like something a teenage girl would rope her two friends from high school into doing to put on YouTube. Like, it’s so bad that I almost didn’t believe it was Cheryl at first.

Alas, Cheryl was feeling inspired by Beyoncé‘s female power anthem ‘***Flawless’ and so she put together this little video, which Bey herself apparently liked since she gave her a little shout out on Facebook for it.

What do you think? I mean, I know there has certainly been much, much worse out there, but when she’s capable of something like this:

Hoooo boy. See the difference? I wish she’d get back to making music, though, I have to say. All this vacation time is making me wonder what the hell Cheryl Cole is doing with her life (though I think most Americans will be wondering who the hell Cheryl Cole even is).

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January 13, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Filed Under: Beyonce, Cheryl Cole

0Beyoncé Crashed a Karaoke Party, Ruined Friendships Forever

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I’m back on the Beyoncé train these days – hey, if you’ve listened to the self-titled album, you really can’t blame me – so I loved reading that Bey crashed into a booth at Sing Sing Karaoke in Miami on Tuesday when she heard the girls in it were singing her song ‘Party’. Kelly Rowland was with her, and the girls took forever to even realise that it was Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland standing in front of them.

The worst part of this story is that one of the girls was sleeping (yes, in a karaoke booth – she must’ve been wasted) and Beyoncé photobombed her and NO ONE EVER WOKE HER UP. Let me put it out into the world now that if I was sleeping somewhere and Beyoncé walks in and you don’t wake my ass up, we are no longer friends. In fact, we’re probably mortal enemies. However, I also have to ask: how on earth did this girl NOT WAKE UP? Of course the other girls will have been losing their shit, and she’s got Bey snuggling up to her to take pictures and she’s still dead to the world? SMH on that one.  I mean, look at this:

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Those girls were probably shitting themselves. Even if they weren’t massive Beyoncé fans (and these days, who isn’t? Shh, I know many of you hate her!), the shock of having a massive celebrity like that walk into a random karaoke night would be enough to make anyone a little crazy.

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I still want to hear from the sleeping friend, though. And I also want to know why, of all the Beyoncé songs in the world, they picked ‘Party’. I mean, come on, people. Step up your game.

January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Filed Under: Beyonce, Kelly Rowland

1The Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé Uproar Was Based on LIES!

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Okay, let’s set the scene: a certain US “news” website (I’m not being coy – it’s not certain where exactly it originated) claimed that in an interview with LOVE magazine, Miley Cyrus was talking shit about Beyoncé, saying she fell off her game and that Miley herself was the new bitch with all the curves and the moves to take the throne. The exact “quotes” are below (via DS):

Cyrus was quoted as saying that Beyoncé has been “out for such a long time” and that, although the ‘XO’ singer is “at the top of the game now”, people are “always looking for new blood and that’s what I bring to the game now, new blood”.

She was also said to have claimed that she has “the total package you know, the curves, the rhythm, and the voice – I’m just the best”, before adding: “As Beyoncé grows in motherhood and all the crap it does to your body, it will create a vacuum for fresh young faces to rise up and… I’m the only white female singer that could fill that slot right now and do it right, you know?”

There’s only one problem with all of that: it never happened. Miley was furious about the stories and took to Twitter to refute the bullshit:


And in fact, she’s actually telling the truth – Love magazine has confirmed that the Bey quotes were fake. Looks like she’s innocent this time around! (And thank God, because MAN, that would be misguided.)


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January 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
Filed Under: Beyonce, Miley Cyrus

5Beyonce Apologizes For “Insensitive” Song

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Beyoncé‘s latest album has been a massive success both commercially and critically, but there’s one song that’s made some people very “disappointed” and it has nothing to do with the melody. The song is “XO”, a love song, and the controversy is the audio clip played at the beginning — a 6 second clip of taken from the moment the Challenger space shuttle exploded. The Challenger exploded in 1986 not long after take-off, killing all 7 of its crew members. Some think it’s “insensitive” of Beyoncé to sample the audio from the tragedy. The audio itself is former NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying,

Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.

Which Nesbitt said as the Challenger was exploding on live TV. Beyoncé released the following statement to ABC News:

My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.

The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.

June Scobee Rodgers, widow to Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, had this to say:

We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO’. The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson added,

For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least.

What do you think? Do you think stuff like this should be “off limits” or is everything fair when it comes to art?

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December 31, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Filed Under: Beyonce

2Best And Worst Celebrity Looks Of The Week!

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Rose Byrne, you can ring my bell any time.

This week’s Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week is a little quiet. Not much goes on in those days between xmas and NYE. Last week we all went WTF at Lindsay Lohan’s outfit. Who will take that spot this week? Go through and choose your pics for BEST, WORST, and MOST WTF.

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Here’s what Beyoncé wore to promote her new album. This reminds me of Jennifer Lopez. And also of a robot.

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December 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
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