So Annie Lennox called Beyonce "feminism lite."
"I mean, I think she’s a phenomenal artist — I just love her performances — but I’d like to sit down (with her). I think I’d like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I’d like to listen to them; I’d like to hear what they truly think."
These comments on Beyonce always strike me as odd. Does Beyonce genuinely want to empower women? To that, I always counter: Name another artist who has produced an "Independent Women," a "Girl," a "Single Ladies," a "Run the World (Girls)" and a "Flawless" and made them all singles over of the course of her career. One could argue that this is just marketing on Beyonce's part, but who would call "Run the World (Girls)" an expected, smart-money move? Regardless, it's obvious that her feminist leanings are nothing new and dismissing them as a ploy seems ignorant of her past work and unfair.
Often these critiques seem to mask what the person really wanted to say: 'I don't think her feminism is feminism because she gyrates too much.' Or 'I don't think her feminism is feminism because it isn't thoughtful enough.' The latter is what I think Annie Lennox was getting at. I consider Annie Lennox is a queen that should be revered until the end of time, but it seems to me that she didn't want to call another woman vapid because that would've made her own feminism look bad. Ms. Lennox, let us know what you really think. That Beyonce wants to write songs that make women feel better isn't really in question here.