Beyoncé’s flawless performance at Made in America had everyone talking this week. Most were praises from her Beyhive on putting on a spectacular show, but one lone voice on the web went against the hive. Associate editor Alanna Vagianos, of the Huffington Post rivaled the cheers for the Queen’s in-your-face display of feminism by using a quote from Ronda Rousey’s “Do-Nothing B***h” speech to introduce her song “Diva.”
Here’s the quote:
“I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be and I call it a 'do-nothing b***h.' The kind of chick that just, like, tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That's why I think it's hilarious, like, that people, like, say that my body looks masculine or something like that. I’m just like, 'Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f**king millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f**k. Because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because I’m not a do-nothing b***h.”
Now, it’s pretty much been universally decided that Ronda is the baddest in the MMA game, so it’s only fitting that the baddest (Yes, I’m in the Beyhive, too) in the music game would pay homage to a fellow feminist. But Vagianos doesn’t deem Bey’s performance in Philly as feminist at all. She views it as the opposite. Actually, most of her shots are directed a Rousey, but she ultimately holds Mrs. Carter responsible for sharing them in the format she did.
Her argument? That Rousey’s definition of a “do-nothing b***h” is unclear and not at all empowering when you have women calling each other names.
Read some of what Vagianos had to say:
"Who exactly is this 'do-nothing b***h' that Rousey rails against? Is she the stay-at-home mom or housewife? Is she the hip hop honey in rap videos? Is she the sugar baby who sleeps with older men to fund her education? Regardless, what does calling other women 'do-nothing b*****s' really accomplish? It's certainly not empowering, and it certainly does nothing to combat the larger issues that create a society where athletic bodies like Rousey's are judged as less than."
While I hear her point, I will agree to disagree. I think that Rousey’s definition of a “do-nothing b***h” is in the name itself — simply a woman who does nothing. Furthermore, she’s a woman who doesn’t have anything of her own or do anything for herself. Housewives and hip hop honeys are excluded because they work for something, whether it be a paycheck or their household/family.
I’m not here for the sugar baby that sleeps with old men for tuition money, though.
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