Beyoncé's 'Bow Down': A Pro-Woman Anthem?

Yes, she goes in on other women, but it doesn't make the song anti-feminist. It's hip-hop.

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I don't write this to say that what governs hip-hop should supersede all that governs feminism. But we should view Beyoncé's feminism as complex -- because it is, just as it is for most feminists. She shouldn't be reduced to "you either are or you're not" dichotomy because of her lyrics. And most importantly, we shouldn't label her efforts disingenuous because her feminism doesn't conform to our own.

Akoto Ofori-Atta is The Root's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter.

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