6 Things We Care About More Than Beyoncé’s Feminism

She Matters: We’d rather talk about the risk she took, her new alter ego and what surfboarding really means.

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For nearly 14 years, D’Angelo’s “How Does It Feel?” has topped my list of favorite sexy-time songs. And now, with the help of Miguel, who penned the lyrics for “Rocket,” Beyoncé has crafted an equally seductive tune that speaks for how the ladies feel. (I’ve had this on repeat for four days.)

4. “Heaven”

Days after Jay Z and Beyoncé had their child, Jay penned “Glory,” an ode to his daughter that just so happened to inform the world that Beyoncé had a miscarriage. She addressed losing a child in her HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream and offered a clip of what she called “the saddest song I’ve ever written.” That song is not “Heaven,” nor is it on the album, but with haunting lyrics such as “heaven couldn't wait for you/No, heaven couldn't wait for you,” "Heaven," I'm convinced, is about her miscarriage, and it is the saddest Beyoncé song I’ve ever heard.

5. Surfboarding

On “Drunk in Love,” Bey sings, “I fill the tub up halfway then I ride it with my surfboard, surfboard/Grinding on that wood, grinding, grinding on that wood."

Surfboarding? Huh? That line left a bunch of people scratching their heads. It’s—how do I put this in a P.C. way? The “tub” is his gentleman-parts, and the “surfboard” is her lady-parts. They grind them against each other, but not in. (Consenting adults might want to try this at home, if they have not already.)

6. Yoncé

I couldn’t get into Beyoncé’s “Sasha Fierce” alter ego, the one she let out when she was feeling womanish. But Yoncé, the gully Southern rapper with Erykah Badu’s flow who's been hiding inside Beyoncé all this time, is kinda fierce: “I sneezed on the beat/and the beat got sicker.” Who knew Bey had it in her?

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of the upcoming book Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love.

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