Part of the lyrics from Beyonce’s new album titled Flawless is currently a feminism controversial one that suggests the American singer attempts to weaken the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie’s speech on the same subject.
Beyonce and Adichie
Adichie, in a Ted Talk of April 2013 edition had given a speech that was widely regarded as “thoughtful” analysis of woman’s challenges in the contemporary world. But Beyonce’s lyrics, which is a re-written of Adichie’s speech, according to analysts ‘undermines' Adichie’s true reflection of the subject.
We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
"You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man
" Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
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Political, and economic equality of the sexes.