A Feminist Weighs In On Debate Over Beyoncé

Beyonce is pictured in Australia, November 2013. (Rob Hoffman)

Note: This interview contains language that may be offensive to some listeners.

Beyonce on the cover of Time.

Beyoncé is everywhere, most recently on the cover of Time as one of the 100 most influential people. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” fame writes for Time, “She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.”

But Beyoncé is often scantily clad, and her lyrics sexually suggestive. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News said last month that for young girls, especially those without parental supervision, what Beyoncé does could have a negative impact.

“This woman knows that young girls getting pregnant in the African-American community,” O’Reilly said on his show. “She knows and doesn’t seem to care.”

Heidi Lewis, an assistant professor of feminist and gender studies at Colorado College, discusses this debate over Beyoncé with Here & Now’s Robin Young.


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