My friend Danielle Patrick shared a video on Facebook. It was by Amber AKA NineteenPercent which discussed the new Beyoncé song Run the World (Girls). The video discusses Amber's problems with the song in that girls do not run the world. Women are oppressed around the world and while have made an improvement are not equal to men in most of the world. She goes on to discuss facts about the song and ties it to feminism. [Feminism means many things to many people. To me at its most basic level feminism is the knowledge that sexism as an institution exists and the desire to see it eradicated.]
Feministing, which was mentioned in Amber's video, posted a response that also discussed the new Beyoncé song but also discussed questions of feminism.
She is a product of a system that exploits women for capital gain and frankly in the face of that has done amazing, brilliant things, but that doesn’t change the system.Beyoncé is not perfect and is making an effort to make a change for girls and young women which is not up for anyone to decide if it's enough or not. While I would love to see everyone working to see sexism as an institution as well as racism (and the other -isms) destroyed I cannot expect everyone to take that on or be able to. As a recording artist there are many people who tell you what you can and cannot produce so we do not know what Beyoncé wants to say and can't or how she sees this in a feminist discussion or a race discussion.