Cait on Culture: The Beyonce Manifesto

The Beyonce ManifestoBy Caitlin Abber

I was completely unsurprised when I found out Beyonce had been named People Magazine’s 2012 Most Beautiful Person of The Year. As someone who studies pop culture and spends most of her time in front of a computer, I tend choose my favorite icons and idols early on, and Beyonce has always been at the top of the list. She is my most beautiful woman every year! Her poise, her talent, her choices – they are all aspirational in nature, a sort of to-do list for any woman who wants to be at the top of her game and have an awesome Tumblr to show for it.

But its more than that. In all of my years of loving Bey, I have used her music to define and finely tune certain areas of my life. Knowing that her lyrics come from a very real place, and that she truly believes in me as an independent woman, has only strengthened my one-sided bond with the world’s biggest entertainer.

Beyonce is a way of life.

It’s the voice in the back of my head that says “I took a vow that from now on I’m gonna be my own best friend.” Beyonce is a feminist manifesto for the ages, backed up by complete beauty, hard work, modern conceptions of healthy relationships, and absolute confidence. Beyonce has directly influenced three major parts of my life, and I will share those with you now.

Career:

Beyonce has been making her own money since she was fifteen. Sure, she has had a lot of help, but writing, singing, dancing basically 24/7 is no cakewalk. Plus she calls all the shots. As a woman who works hard for what she has, I completely understand what Beyonce says when she sings, “Get’n money, Divas get’n money,” “It’s my name that’s on that Jag, so move your bags and I’ll call you a cab” and “I even put money in the bank account, don’t have to ask no one to help me out.” Nothing feels quite as good as earning your own cash and not having to rely on a man (and being able to lose the man when he’s not good to you). Your mom should have been the first person to tell you that, but if not, Beyonce is there to remind you over and over again.

Examples of this wisdom include: “Diva,” “Irreplaceable,” “Independent Women,” “Ego,” and “Survivor.”

Love:

Just like your career, getting the love you deserve is a process. HOWEVER, Beyonce has no room for cheaters, liars, lazy boys, or any guy who is disrespectful or unappreciative (“It’s not worth the drama for a beautiful liar”). I mean, hello! You’re dating BEYONCE. Respect, please. Also, love should be fun – you should be able to laugh, get silly, and be interested in each other’s hustles, see: “still love the way he talk, still love the way I sing, still love the way he rock them black diamonds and that chain” (obviously she and Jay are great at this one). Love should also be passionate, sexual, and constantly moving forward and making you feel awesome, like “hit me like a ray of sun, burning through my darkest night – you’re the only one I want, and I’m addicted to your light.” Beyonce never settles. She never let’s her man go unchecked. Also, she’s Sasha Fierce.

For further proof, please consider: “Why Don’t You Love Me,” “Single Ladies,” “Best Thing I Never Had,” “Halo,” “Girl,” “Countdown,” “Crazy In Love,” “If I Were A Boy,” “Flaws and All” and “Love On Top.”

Confidence:

This is really the backbone of the entire Beyonce lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you’re not perfect all the time, or if you and your boyfriend fight every now and again. You’re still the biggest champion of your own life. You still deserve respect, money, good sex, and great friends. Every girl has her shit days, but we all have to be able to put on our emotional Freakum Dresses and go to town on our hustle.

See: Every Beyonce song ever.

Cait on Culture is a column running on Kate-book.com every Tuesday at 2pm. It is written by the pop culture obsessed Caitlin Abber, who you should follow on Twitter.

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2 thoughts on “Cait on Culture: The Beyonce Manifesto

  1. katetorg says:

    Listening to “If I Were a Boy” in honor of this piece. I absolutely adore Beyonce.

  2. [...] media has of course increased this need ten-fold). If an important news story is breaking, or Beyonce is about to win an award for anything, I want to be watching. That is why I am at my most jazzed [...]

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