Opinion | Sexuality

Beyonce Is Wrong: Girls Don't Run the World

Why her message of female power is hurting the African American community.

According to the first single from Beyonce's highly anticipated album 4, girls indeed run the world. Thanks to her musical contribution to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, her recent Billboard Millennium Award, and surprise farewell performance to honor Oprah, all eyes from middle-age school rockers to professional intellectuals are on Beyonce. The 29-year-old is an influencer. From the words of her recent hit, "my persuasion can build a nation," and she knows it.

Beyonce has built a musical career based on girl empowerment and the seduction of men. In her efforts to empower women, though, she has endorsed a self-absorbed world where a false view of love reigns supreme. Her songs reveal a worldview where men and women indulge in lust, lavish spending, and fantasies of catering, upgrades, and joy rides. I don't see much responsibility or empowerment of either sex in that kind of behavior.

Yet the lyrics of her recent single acknowledge ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber? for full digital access.
July/August
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.

Read These Next

close
hide this
Access The Archives

Member-Only Access

Subscribe to Christianity Today to continue reading this article from CT's digital archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? to continue reading.