What’s Current: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ rejects expectation that black women suffer in silence

Beyonce Lemonade

Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” is about much more than Jay Z and infidelity:

“This expectation of black women to suffer in silence is passed from generation to generation. Beyoncé explores this inheritance unflinchingly: ‘You remind me of my father — a magician, able to exist in two places at once / In the tradition of men in my blood you come home at 3am and lie to me.’”

More teenage girls seeking genital cosmetic surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery says that there was an 80 per cent rise in girls 18 and under who received labiaplasty from 2014 to 2015.

So how was work today? Mothers, please let your daughters know:

“How do I ask for a pay rise? How do I deal with difficult people? Should I wear stilettos? Should I paint my nails red? There are millions of big and small uncertainties about the workplace. Most women share such uncertainties with their friends, peers and colleagues, hoping to learn from each other.

Meanwhile, men — not bothered by such uncertainties, having a wealth of history and experience to draw on — continue forging ahead.”

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Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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