if you tell someone ‘no’ and they respond with “FINE……….” or “guess ill be all alone….” or “its okay im used to having my hopes crushed…….” or any of that guilt-inducing passive aggressive fuckery, cut them straight out of your life because you never deserve to feel bad for setting boundaries or speaking your mind.
…It is through this lens that I listen to Beyoncé ’s Drunk in Love. In fact, while I thoroughly love Beyoncé ’s new album, the conversations and processes that I have been a part of because of the controversial track have made it single handedly the most influential in refining my stance for women’s liberation. To be clear, however, my issue with the song is not so much with Beyoncé ’s feminism, which has been thoroughly critiqued, complicated, and defended in pieces published at The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Black Girl Dangerous. My issue is with Jay‐Z’s lack of a feminist stance as demonstrated in his verse on the track. The apex of the verse, excerpted below, speaks volumes as to how Hip-Hop masculinity understands consent:
“…On sight, catch a charge I might, Beat the box up like Mike, in ’97 I bite. I’m Ike, Turner, turn up, baby no I don’t play. Now eat the cake Anna Mae, said eat the cake Anna Mae!…”
Jay-Z’s invocation of Ike Turner is a troubling nod to one of the most visible examples of domestic violence and violence against women in the music industry. This invocation is one of several individuals Jay-Z identifies himself with in the verse, including Mike Tyson who was found guilty of rape charges in 1992. I think its important to mark that the “Eat the cake Anna Mae” line is an allusion to a scene in What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993)…
Power Play with Anne Mae: Drunk in Love, Beyoncé and the Exploration of BDSM in the Deconstruction of Sexually Violent Mantras by Mark-Anthony Johnson in The Feminist Wire
Read the article in its entirety: http://thefeministwire.com/2014/04/drunk-in-love-beyonce-jay-z/(via worsethanqueer)