1) Mrs. Carter is laying down the law.
In “Flawless,” she takes on white feminists who have spent the last 18 months asking each other if Beyoncé can truly be considered a feminist icon given her insistence on taking her husband Jay Z’s name and dubbing her most recent tour “Mrs. Carter.” “Feminist or Fauxminist?” asked the Huffington Post last year. The Atlantic just wasn’t sure, either. In the April edition of Vogue, Beyoncé was ambivalent on the subject.
There’s nothing ambivalent about her now. In “Flawless” she addresses her critics, reminding them that when they were girls they idolized her. “Respect that,” she admonishes. Then she states, “I took some time to live my life / but don’t think I’m just his little wife.”
Then she quotes a section of Adichie’s speech in which the 34-year-old writer discusses marriage:
“Now 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?”
As they say in H-town: Boom.