Feminism In Pop Music

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According to Arnold and Leavis, conservative theorists with elitist conceptions of culture, low (popular) culture is dull entertainment to be enjoyed by uneducated and uncritical “low-brow” hoards. For the past three decades pop music has been a part of a large cultural resistance to feminism, as there are certain songs that are in sync with feminist goals and objectives. As Jones suggests, “some talented artists, such as Beyoncé, break through this onslaught of problematic tunes by producing songs that are as aesthetically appealing as they are full of meaningful context” (1). However, even the most well-intentioned artist does get caught in the ideological balancing act. Beyoncé “Partition” is one of her many songs which paints a picture …show more content…
It has said on the “misrepresentation” video site on YouTube that “a little more of the population are women and seen as forever being sexualised in the media” (Ray, 6). Today, many young girls worry about the contours of the bodies; especially shape, size, and muscle tone because they believe that the body is the ultimate expression of the self. As the journalist Machokoto indicates in her article, “some argue that pop music over the past three decades has also been part of a larger cultural resistance to feminism, an attempt to block progress toward gender equality and resuscitate male domination.” (Machokoto, 76) Thus, Beyoncé’s song “Partition” misrepresents women as it is telling society that women need to be seductive in order to get a mans attention by dressing in a certain manner, acting in a certain way (seductively) and by being used for a mans needs as a sexual object. This is demonstrated within the song’s video content as it has “scenes of scantily dressed women, including Beyoncé herself, gyrating seductively to the beat of the song” (Jones). As Catherine Demi Ray, university student from San Luis Obispo wrote in her essay on “A modern Feminist Critique of Beyoncé” indicated that, “it is clear that Beyoncé is an interesting and somewhat controversial figure. Her image within this song entails problems with gender, race, sexuality, feminism, patriarchy, media, and more.” (Ray, 9) Thus, there have been a variety of “contentious debates on whether or not Beyoncé’s portrayal of feminism, particularly in her song Partition, is serving the community/society as a good sense of a role model or not” (Jones). In Claire Snyder-Hall essay she says, “even women who embrace feminism, often find their attempts to achieve liberty and equality stymied by their own feminine attraction to things that bolster patriarchy, as well as by the dominant gender norms imposed on them”

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