Beyonce featured Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a track titled “***Flawless” in her 5th solo album, self-titled Beyoncé.
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 am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
A 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 for 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
Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.”
From 1:49 in the second part of her mini-documentary explaining the album, Beyoncé talked about finding Chimamanda’s TED talk speech on YouTube titled, “We Should All Be Feminists”. Mrs. Carter says,“Everything she says is exactly how I feel.”
We can’t wait for Chimamanda’s take – we’re sure the feeling of admiration is mutual.