'Bow Down' Sabotages Beyonce's Female Empowerment Efforts


After Beyonce’s Superbowl halftime show last month, The Atlantic  sought to settle the debate about whether or not “the singer is a bona fide feminist or just a pop star cashing in on ‘girl power’.’” Highlighting eight moments in her career that seemingly suggest she is a feminist, writer Sophie Weiner concluded that Beyonce had a “message of empowerment” for women. 

A recently released track that pays homage to her chopped and screwed Houston roots, “Bow Down/ I Been On,” suggests otherwise. The self-glorifying anthem cannot go without criticism during Women’s History Month. It sabotages many of Beyonce’s past female empowerment efforts. The release of “Bow Down” suggests that the pop icon only adorns the feminist label when it suits her - dangerously straddling the line between female empowerment and subjugation.

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