Let’s file this under – “while you were sleeping”.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter aka Queen Bey amongst her stans, released a self-titled “visual album”, the 5th in her solo career, today – Friday December 13, 2013 exclusively sold on iTunes.
Nigeria’s very own – esteemed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie features on track 11, called Flawless, that starts with a snippet of track Bow Down, before transitioning into a rousing feminist speech by the author, then the new song.
For the video treatment, the author didn’t make an appearance.
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man
Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments,
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.”
What a rousing message! Our only gripe though? Chimamanda’s name is misspelled on iTunes – Adichie is missing the second ‘i’ (see photo). Hopefully they correct it before the day runs out.
Have you heard the new track/album? What do you think?!
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