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Beyonce’s Feminism is Elitist
By Ebony Marshall
GlobalGirl Media Chicago commentator
Published by Women’s eNews
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I consider myself a feminist, so do celebrities like Beyoncé, which if you have any contact with the media, you know. But here is the contrast between celebrity feminism and everyday person feminism: You or I would have to work tirelessly and accept the fact that we still may not achieve equality whereas she would just have to show her face and have instant privilege.
Celebrities declaring that they’re feminists could radically change the way that the population sees feminists. Instead stepping away from the privileges of global adoration to educate others on the truth of feminism, celebrity feminism glamorizes the struggle of those who do not have hordes of people willing to copy what they do.
I am an ordinary citizen, a nobody in the grand scheme of life. I am still, as a teenager, very meticulously carving out my image for the world to see, and I want it to be one that portrays capability and strength. You or I will have to work tirelessly and may never see the grander things in life. I’m not saying celebrities have not worked hard, they have just constructed their reality and thus their image in a way that we cannot.
We support celebrities in their climb to the top, while the masses stay on the lower rungs of the ladder. That is not what feminism is about. It is ensuring that women are equal. Equal to each other in a bond that constitutes sisterhood, equal to their male counterparts in the workplace and at home.
I am not Bey, so I do not have such luxuries as to walk into a room and regardless of gender be held in high regard with the world as my oyster. As unknowing consumers we have sponsored the brand of celebrity feminism, while trying to market our own. The two do not mix well as the brand of celebrity feminism exudes privilege camouflaged as a “hustlers work ethic.” I suppose that we take the emphasis off of celebrities and shine it among our own. Those who are willing to help others climb the ladder of success and break barriers of equality. As it stands, maybe someone will be the next Queen Bee, but for those who are not it is time we mold ourselves into a different brand of exceptional women. A brand of women who get back to the deglamorized roots and real meaning of our fight for equality.
Ebony Marshal is a 17-year-old native Chicagoan and junior at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. She enjoys baking and reading and is a GlobalGirl Media Teen reporter.
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