Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Woke Up Like Dis!

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  We teach girls to shrink themselves.
To make themselves smaller.
We say to girls,
You can have ambition but not too much.
You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man.
Because I am female,
I am expected to aspire to marriage.
I'm expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important.
Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support,
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don't teach boys the same.
We raise girls to see each other as competitors, 
Not for jobs or accomplishments,
Which I think can be a good thing,
but for the attention of men.
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (BEYONCÉ)

828,773 purchased in the first three days; she did that!! Beyonce done did it again. Doing my what feels like 100th listen of the new album by yah girl Yoncé, I was in awe at the greatness that Ms. Chimamanda was speaking on that "Flawless" track quoted above. This got me to thinking, really what's going on in our society? 

The main messages that resonated to me:
• Being "too successful" doesn't make the man look lesser.
• We should teach our young boys to aspire to marriage as we do our young girls.
• Women should be coming together and not fighting against one another. We need each other as a whole.
• Woman should not be shunned for being sexual beings.

If that doesn't say something I don't know what does. These ladies were speaking major gems on this track. Much of the talk of this, what seems to be "controversial" album by the multi-talented singer has been the talk of the world town. Some say Feminism, some say it's just Bey doing the damn thing. The SoNatural has a lot to say in her Open Letter to Black Feminists

So when you wake up remember you're flawless!! 

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