My latest for Indy Voices on why people should stop either praising Beyoncé for being a feminist icon or shouting at her for letting the side down:
Admire Beyoncé for her music, not her feminist credentials
Beyoncé’s apparent reluctance to label herself should come as no surprise. Aside from a slightly tepid admission in 2010 – “I think I am a feminist in a way” – there are few recorded instances of her associating herself with the movement. Yet it seems to me that people have been determined to shoehorn Beyoncé into the role of feminist icon for several years. It strikes me as an odd thing to do, given that she rarely uses the word about herself.
Read the whole thing here.