The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism

Great blog here from Real Colored Girls, and here is my response to comments that I saw on an FB page/forum. Might provide some context to my take on the blog….

Indeed, this blog is not about whether to like Beyoncé or not. It is rather a very important critique of how the entertainment industry can easily co-opt the concept and idea of feminism with a black woman’s (Beyoncé’s) endorsement. Liking Beyonce or not is neither here nor there in this blog; if you wanna like Beyonce or covet her booty, then go ahead…whatever floats your boat, but, understanding feminism and what it actually is and has been ideologically and pragmatically is another story altogether. I have said this elsewhere, but feminism is not simply a mechanism that women use to proclaim “I can do what I want.” That’s pimping feminism in my book. Rather, feminism and other women-centered paradigms used for the purpose of social and gender justice (i.e., womanism) are serious global movements that have been articulated and used to empower women on many levels, including the sexual. But, reducing feminism to the display of one’s body in a way that actually reinforces white patriarchal power (which this blogger calls power feminism) is a maneuver on the part of corporations run by those who could really care less about feminism, and the actual wholistic empowerment of black women in particular.

Can you dig it?

annalise

Real Colored Girls

Beyhive Booty

In Pimp Theory, a “bottom bitch” is the one in the whores’ hierarchy who rides hardest for her man. She’s the rock of every hustler economy and her primary occupation is keeping other ho’s in check and gettin’ that money. She isn’t trying to elevate the status of her sister ho’s. She isn’t looking to transform pimp culture. The bottom bitch is a token who is allowed symbolic power, which she uses to discipline, advocate for, represent and advance the domain of the stable.  In pop culture, she represents the trope of the chosen black female, loyal to her man and complicit in her own commodification.

In hip hop vernacular she has emerged as the “Boss Bitch” or “Bawse”, titles you’ll hear used liberally across urban/pop discourses – from the streets to rappers to the hip hop, basketball and ATL housewives.  What she represents is an appearance of power within…

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3 thoughts on “The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism

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