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23 December, 2013

Drunk In Love – domestic violence references, sex objectification

Beyonce, Drunk In Love, Jay Z
Keywords: Beyonce, body, domestic violence, Drunk In Love, Jay Z, Misogyny, Objectification, Sex, sex object, sexism

I grew up a huge fan of Beyonce. But in her latest album I’ve gotten a sour awakening.

Maybe it’s because I’ve opened my eyes to something that’s ignored in our society. Or maybe it’s because she’s now stepped the line that she was balancing ever so gracefully in the past?

Anyhow, this particular song “Drunk in Love” among many others on her new Visual Album, has left me somewhat disgusted. In the song, Beyonce is in a bikini grinding on a beach like a pretty little sex object singing about sex because we haven’t had enough of those songs yet have we. Especially not from influential pop stars who’s target audience was 13 year olds 5 minutes ago but now suddenly have had a change of heart.

Her husband also appears in the video, fully dressed of course because since when have men ever been required to take off their clothes to reveal their perfect bodies in order to sell records? He also manages to throw in a degrading line going “Eat the cake Anna Mae”, referring to an incident of domestic violence between Ike and Tina, which Beyonce happily sings along to in the background.

I must say, it’s a sad time we live in that people would mistake this for feminism. All I see is a culture that’s teaching young women that their only value are their bodies. You can be happy, successful and powerful; but uh uh not so fast, first you have to get the perfect body, oh and remember to always be sexy!!

Well, I say there’s a difference between being sexy and being a sex object and as it is right now we’re not doing a good job differentiating between the two.

About the Author

Written by Amanda Lundstedt

Age 19

I'm a 19 year old singer/songwriter living in London. i study Creative Musicianship at Tech Music School. I'm also a feminist and a human rights activist!

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