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Lately, feminists like Annie Lennox, bell hooks and Emma Watson have taken issue with Beyoncé’s sexual openness. While trying to discredit Beyoncé as a feminist, they seem to have forgotten one of the most important parts of Chimamanda’s speech in ***Flawless.

"What does a lady dress like, exactly? And who decided what a lady looks like? What bearing should one’s clothing have on one’s identification as a feminist? This is exactly the kind of misogynist policing we’ve fought tooth and claw against for decades, and to level this line of “reasoning” at Beyoncé is not only antifeminist, it is despicable." (x)

We should also note that Black Women are perceived and fetishized as hyper sexual. Which is why mainstream feminists willingly call Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Katy Perry revolutionary and in charge of their bodies meanwhile demonizing Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce.

(via thebrightstar)

At the bottom of her heart, however, she was waiting for something to happen. Like shipwrecked sailors, she turned despairing eyes upon the solitude of her life, seeking afar off some white sail in the mists of the horizon.

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

(via mythandrists)

Where “Shake it Off” is generic, “Out of the Woods” is particular to Swift, the kind of song that only she would write. It’s reassuring, exciting stuff, whether or not this particular song is even to your liking. If you care about how all pop music sounds exactly the same because the same five people are churning out hits for everybody on the Billboard Top 100, then you should care about someone like Swift — a serious songwriter with a distinct voice — crafting her own songs. If she’s singing somebody’s else’s words, it means she isn’t gutting you with lines like “you call me up again just to break me like a promise / so casually cruel in the name of being honest,” or telling a whole life in four words with “careless man’s careful daughter.” I don’t want to turn on the radio and hear female artists belting out girl power jams written by a bunch of dudes. I want more Lorde, more Charli XCX, more Nicki Minaj, more Kacey Musgraves. I want Swift to keep sounding like Swift, coy references to unnamed celebrity exes and all.

OOTW review (x)

(via mythandrists)