“We raise girls to see each other as competitors , not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men.”
These are some words from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s talk, ‘We should all be feminist’ at Tedx Euston in 2012. Today these same words have been replicated in Beyonce’s new tune – Flawless, which is part of her new album released last week Friday on i-Tunes.
As many of you would have known, Beyonce has been presenting herself as a defender of women’s right in the last few years, drawing, even more, attention from her millions of fans around the world. Songs such as ‘Run the World’ have a clear feminist message to convey.
In her new video, Beyonce has taken a step forward in her feminist campaign by including Chimamanda’s definition of feminists; Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”
There are obviously pros and cons to this curious collaboration. The message is good (and the intentions hopefully), it underlines important issues such as equal opportunities for women and female empowerment.
On the other hand, some might see this simply as a business operation, a way to attract a wider audience. Also, the striking difference between the two personalities of Beyonce and Chimamanda, their different areas of interest, and their different styles – might raise some questions of compatibility.
If anything through Beyonce’s song, more people will be introduced to the talented author that is Chimamanda.
By Susanna Ajayi