Whore Culture

Beyonce performs at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards

Beyonce performs at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

Why Beyoncé? Why this stunning 28-year-old singer/performer/actress/businesswoman from Texas now married to one of the decade’s other biggest stars, and worth something like $87m a year to boot, and not, well, take your pick…? Because she made not one but two of the decade’s greatest singles, with Crazy in Love and Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), not to mention her hits with Destiny’s Child; and this was the decade when singles – particularly R&B singles – regained their status as pop’s favourite medium. (But her three solo albums? Pretty fabulous, too.)

Because at a time when the ubiquity of TV talent shows put the onus on those who could cut it live more than ever, she and not any superannuated rock star was arguably the greatest live performer of the past 10 years.

Because her achievements chime with bigger narratives. Who was it got to sing for President Obama and Michelle at their first dance after his inauguration, after all?

Because she is a brand, but says she isn’t, and because in this age of Twitter and the paparazzi, she might be a global phenomenon but in the course of 10 full years Mrs Jay-Z, as she might also be known, has kept her mystery. And because – just possibly – she helped introduce a new word into the Oxford English Dictionary: bootylicious.

gushes the Guardian (a male) underneath a picture of Beyonce with men at her feet

She’s dressed like a whore.  She’s the symbol of lad culture, what men want and how to be an attractive female in 2010. The Guardian cannot get enough after all.

Talent doesn’t need to dress like a cheap slapper as much as the boys want it. Women willingly oblige in order to remain attractive. No thanks, lad culture. I’ve had a gut full of living through this tawdry cheap whore fantasy shite. Colour me a prude, an old fashioned frigid freak or whatever other label suits your libertine miffiness and fuck right off.

There is zero difference between this daft bint wearing her sexuality as her persona and the ones who dress head to toe in black in the same way. I refuse to be defined by my sexual being or see this presented to me as all so ‘right on’. It’s 2010 for crying out loud not 1970.

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2 Responses

  1. One of the first posts on my new blog was on this travesty, Beyonce. What hope have we with such as her held up as the summum bonum?

  2. Until men start wanting different, none, sadly.

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