It’s been heavily debated for years. Are Beyonce’s lyrics feminist? Is her alter-ego Sasha Fierce questioning America’s idea of the Black woman, etc, etc…

Now Beyonce herself confirms she’s feminist—“in a way.” The 28 year-old platinum selling artist talks with Daily Mail UK on her intentional small break from music, starting a family, and figuring out who she is.

Beyonce says:

I think I am a feminist in a way. It’s not something I consciously decided I was going to be; perhaps it’s because I grew up in a singing group with other women, and that was so helpful to me. It kept me out of so much trouble and out of bad relationships. My friendships with my girls are just so much a part of me that there are things I am never going to do that would upset that bond. I never want to betray that friendship because I love being a woman and I love being a friend to other women.

Umm . . . Bey, sounds like you’re communicating your choice to be a good friend, not a feminist. But if you are choosing to join us Black feminists, we gladly accept you.

Or do we?

Let’s settle it here and now, for once and for all. Is Beyonce really a feminist? What brand of feminism does the pop superstar exactly project? And do we really feel she has a deep understanding of the ideology?

Is there some sort of unwritten prerequisite that all proclaimed feminists read Patricia Hill-Collins and Joan Morgan at least twice? Or is being a feminist as simple as declaring, “I’m a feminist”?

You ladies decide. How do we feel about Beyonce’s self-proclaimed feminism?

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