By Roohi Sahajpal
But for a split second I almost believed Ms. Knowles. When Beyoncé came out with her video for “Run The World (Girls)” response videos popped up on YouTube and bloggers joined in on the conversation, wondering, what does she really mean by that?
Some were cynical with criticism being thrown to the fact that the videos imagery didn’t reflect with its lyrics, while others praised the song saying that the song was an anthem for female empowerment.
One popular video that was made was from a YouTube user named NineteenPercent, who in her video, points out some obvious facts about the status of women in the world, through out history and the present day. The problem that most people seem to have with the song is that the title of the song is giving a false impression of reality.
Throughout the song, she sings,
“Endless power, the love we can devour
You’ll do anything for me”
What power? Power gained by using sexuality to get an upper hand? When the message of the song is supposed to reflect female empowerment, gaining power in this sense is something which would be seen as problematic to some.
But in contrast to that, she also says,
“Strong enough to bear the children then get back to business”
I don’t think the song lyrics were meant to be taken as literally or criticized as much as they have been. But when you have a person like Beyoncé with great influence, especially among young girls, the messages behind songs and music videos begins to hold greater importance.
However, one of the positive points about the song is that it’s attempting to say something different.
Whether Beyoncé is a feminist or not, the song makes a bold statement and has sparked a conversation about what female empowerment actually is.