One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture’s racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.
A writer at the Daily Caller is mad that women who can’t access abortion locally might get the “vacation” of sitting on a bus to get outpatient surgery. Bill O’Reilly is mad that Beyoncé enjoys married sex. It seems like anything you do these days is making the right mad, if you’re female.
Team Feminist may’ sport “smash the patriarchy” buttons and fret about pop stars, while Team Pop Star rocks bodysuits and frequently has no idea what our movement means, but we can peacefully coexist.
The results of the girl power music revolution, both indie and corporate, are clearly felt today, and they’re mostly positive. Lady Gaga offers an example of someone who has challenged the status quo.