Update: I wanted to make sure readers understood the seriousness of how attaching any labels related to women’s empowerment in using a
Trojan Horse compromised representative will cause far-reaching damage to the black women in particular who embrace it. Other women in protected groups can afford to toy with concepts because they have a safety net in place..
Delegitimization is the process which undermines or marginalizes an entity by presenting value judgments as facts which are construed to devalue legitimacy. It is a self-justifying mechanism. (Wiki)
Delegitimization Theory describes a “categorization of groups into extreme social categories which are ultimately excluded from society“. (Wiki)
Who is more likely to be excluded? I contend this is yet another form of post-BWE undermining meant to derail progress.
This won’t take long. The editors of Ms. Magazine just sacrificed any shred of credibility they had left on the altar of short-term financial gain in using Bouncy as the embodiment of their ‘movement’ (see their tag line). They used a stock photo and didn’t actually interview her, so it exposes such folly as a desperate attempt at promoting fake Girl Power for profit.
It’s good to know where people stand on certain issues. I’ve cancelled subscriptions for less heinous offenses, so lucky me my wariness at buying into a ‘movement’ that I’ve long questioned yielded good results since I won’t have to. I suppose Rihanna
don’t hold Chris Brown accountable for nearly beating me to death will be next?
Temporary ‘Cause-Jumping’ To Get Ahead
Some might argue stars like Beyonce are examples of feminism, but that’s a rabbit-hole of shifting loose definitions weakening its foundation. They’re examples of how to focus on self-serving endeavors, nothing more. Due to these discrepancies, I don’t claim a feminism based on ideology, but whatever’s left after the debts are paid. If that! I’ve pretty much covered this in several previous essays, so I hope all of you who claim to be advocates of “women” recognize how privilege and position colors everything.
Popularity doesn’t equal substance. When black women are touted as placeholders I check agendas. Anyone who supports empowerment while ignoring intersectionality, black-on-black racio-misogyny and hypocrisy in selecting wholly compromised individuals as wholesome role models isn’t serious about it.
Someone might be asking why hailing Beyonce as a feminist model of excellence is a problem. Several factors come into play:
Skin color racism fuels a lot of her popularity amongst blacks. If she had been born with the beauty and browner hue of Kelly Rowland, she would have been ignored. This includes all references to her being “light-skinned”, i.e. acceptably within range of the paper bag test, when on the spectrum of our coloring she’s squarely in the middle. Or just to give you a comparison, Tisha Campbell is light-skinned, Beyonce not so much. Rumors of skin brightening may have legs.
Beyonce plays the “other” race card. In publicly referencing herself as Creole, French, Native-American, etc., her anything but black identification should have had her branded a self-hating Negro and subsequently banned, but black people lack the self-respect to do so. BW have bought into the diseased thinking of DBR BMs in renouncing healthy attitudes.
Confusing being provocative with cheap displays of non-nuanced stereotypical sexuality (Sapphire, Jezebel tropes). Tina Turner was sexy but never tawdry. Josephine Baker performed topless but still kept her dignity. Beyonce will always be Bouncy to me because there’s a missing element of sophistication in her numerous variations of the Booty Pop. Think about it, neither Madonna nor Janet Jackson went that route (minus Jackson’s SuperBowl overexposure that she paid a price for).
Mrs. Carter’s guilt by association to a certain BW-bashing, rapper who’s greatly profited from trashing us. Then there’s that whole glorification of criminality, thuggery and all things hip-hop. We’re supposed to cheer when the dregs of society mingle with others who are smart enough to understand the distinction between class and wealth — and who they make wealthy by association. But he didn’t marry a Mei-Ling, Lupe or Becky so we’re supposed to cheer?
Recap: Ms. Magazine put Beyonce on their cover, proving selling magazines trumps legit feminism, how racist or naive black and white women co-signing such nonsense can pat themselves on the back for being ‘inclusive’ and why ignoring her contributions to the negative imagery of black women only helps reinforce an anti-BW message.
For those offenses alone Beyonce is nobody’s feminist. Personally, I don’t care for her wind machine weave/wig-flapping antics because Diana Ross does it so much better. I didn’t even mention her exaggerated claims of writing songs solo or pro-female anthems penned by male songwriters, but fake progressives want to shift definitions of “feminism” to suit their advancement, not yours. Don’t believe the hype.