Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”: Feminine or Not?

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beyonce mean muggingBeyonce is arguably one of the most powerful names in music right now. Her eclectic sound and feminist message hypnotizes many women into feeling a strong sense of liberation and community.

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?”

beyonce irreplaceableIn this series, I will take a pop culture concept or reference and break it down for readers in terms of its alignment with femininity or lack thereof.

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!”

Beyonce-angryI 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:

NOT FEMININE!

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!

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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

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7 Comments

  1. I think it’s good how she tells girls to work hard and buy their own shit. There’s enough gold digging whores out there…but she’s a little bit of a ball-buster too, and that just appeals to the vicious, man-hating harpies out there. Personally, I’m not a Beyonce fan per-se.

  2. Good write up. I do not like irreplaceable, but some of the lyrics pointed out in the article Remind me of ring the alarm. I do like that song but I always thought the lyrics were ridiculous. So she’s going to keep her cheating man so another woman won’t get his money? Well, you did me wrong but I can’t bring myself to let go of your wallet…wtf? Ridiculous! It makes me laugh. Not once does she mention not wanting to let him go because she loves him or cares about him…that’s gotta make him feel good

  3. Good write up. I do not like irreplaceable, but some of the lyrics pointed out in the article Remind me of ring the alarm. I do like that song but I always thought the lyrics were ridiculous. So she’s going to keep her cheating man so another woman won’t get his money? Well, you did me wrong but I can’t bring myself to let go of your wallet…wtf? Ridiculous! It makes me laugh. Not once does she mention not wanting to let him go because she loves him or cares about him…that’s gotta make him feel good :-p

  4. @JLK, Are there really that many gold digging “whores” out there? I actually believe that women like that are few and far between. I think most women love their independence. I believe the bigger problem is women who chase money (for whatever reason) to the detriment of the people in their lives (i.e. abandoned children and broken men).

  5. Little known fact: “Irreplaceable” was originally written from a man’s perspective to be performed by a male singer. But feminists, you know…

  6. How funny, I was just thinking about how many of Beyonce’s songs are full of anger toward men and the desire to prove that she doesn’t need them. I don’t know enough about her love life to tell her songs are inspired by her personal experiences, but “Irreplacable” and a few other of her songs definitely deliver the worst message – treat men as an enemy that needs to be beaten.

    1. Exactly, her music for the most part is pop garbage presented as empowerment. It is unfortunate that many people eat it up and believe in the messages of the songs that she sings.

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