However, her message can often come across as confusing as well. You may find her singing lyrics such as:
“Let me cater to you…do anything for my man…” -Destiny’s Child, Cater 2 U
or “Nothing’s perfect, but it’s worth it…” – Beyonce, Love on Top
This sounds like the voice of a loyal, dedicated woman, right? Then, the next song from her is a raging feminist manifesto about how much she doesn’t need a man. Consider these lyrics:
“The rocks I’m rockin’, I bought ’em, cuz I depend on me!” -Destiny’s Child, Independent Woman
and “This goes out to all my girls
That’s in the club rocking the latest
Who will buy it for themselves and get more money later” -Beyonce, Run the World (Girls)
The confusing messages don’t stop there, because when we consider the song Bills Bills Bills, which contain lyrics such as:
“Can you pay my bills…I don’t think you do. So, you and me are through!”
Grammatical errors aside, her musical personality often comes across as that of a sufferer of borderline personality disorder.
This issue poses a challenge for women who look to her as the voice of feminine sensibility or worse, men who refer to her when trying to understand the female mind. For this reason, I have chosen one of her songs for consideration in a new series I am creating here for Ladies Again entitled “Feminine or Not?”
Today, I will be analyzing Beyonce’s hit song “Irreplaceable”.
From the very beginning of the song it rejects femininity and leans towards the arrogance of modern feminism as we find Beyonce aggressively ejecting her inadequate romantic partner from the scene with a battle cry:
“To the left! To the left!
Everything you own in a box to the left!”
The song goes on and on about everything she has done for this man and how undeserving he is of her pity. Now, granted, she is a jilted lover, but it is interesting to note that everything she holds against him has a monetary value.
“…that’s my stuff…
…I bought it….
…It’s my name that’s on that Jag(uar)…”
This is an important point, because it says something about the character of this woman which will become increasingly evident as we continue through the song. Spoiler alert: She has a CREAM culture mentality and this has led her to believe that her financial success absolves her of any social accountability. Consider these lines:
“I can have another you in a minute…
…So don’t…(think) you’re irreplaceable…”
She clearly sees people as commodities similar to the objects she withholds to manipulate this man, i.e. disposable and acquirable through financial leverage.
And before you begin to sympathize with her, because she was cheated on:
“Call up that chick and see if she’s home!
Oops! I bet you thought that I didn’t know!
What did you think I was putting you out for?!”
Consider the lines that soon follow this revelation:
“You was untrue
Rollin’ around in the car that I bought you!
Baby, drop them keys!
Hurry up before your taxi leaves!”
I am willing to bet that this man’s infidelity resulted from being so emasculated by her manipulation and power tripping, that he had to sleep around just to remind himself that he still had balls! She sounds like she’s talking to her house help in this song and not a romantic partner!
So, to answer the question posed by this article. This song is:
Femininity supports your significant other with love and compassion, regardless of his financial situation and does not use one’s advantage as a tool of manipulation, but rather patiently encourages the best out of her partner. For an example of this, consider the song “Your Love is My Love” by Whitney Houston with lyrics such as:
“If I lose my fame and fortune
And I’m homeless on the street
And I’m sleepin’ in Grand Central Station
It’s okay if you’re sleepin’ with me
As the years they pass us by
We stay young through each other’s eyes
And no matter how old we get
It’s okay as long as I got you babe”
Those are the words of a woman with eternity in mind. Those are the words of a woman that knows that we are all in this together. Those are the words of a lady!
Do you like Beyonce’s song “Irreplaceable”? Please tell us why or why not in the comment section below!
Author: African Femininity
African Femininity is a first generation American-born Nigerian. That basically means, her parents were immigrants and raised her with a mix of selective cultural values from both traditions. Needless to say, this left her with a very dissonant understanding of what being a “lady” meant. Now, as an un-married 30 year old woman, she is on a mission to delve to the root of being a woman in a world where conflicting cultural values and traditions are leaving many confused and disillusioned. She use the power of the pen to defend a woman’s right to choose her own lifestyle: be it housewife, social climber or being conventionally employed. Check out her Amazon author page for books written by her at http://amazon.com/author/shadowjackson