Vern’s Venting: Female Empowerment

Beyonce

by Lavern Merriweather

I once read on another website the phrase that privilege hates to lose its place. And that is certainly true when it comes to black women who have any type of notoriety.

Recently, a member of the all-white, all female indie rock group Warpaint Theresa Wayman took pop queens Beyoncé and Rhianna to task. Ms. Wayman seems to think that those two ladies aren’t doing enough to live up to the standard of talent set by women in music before them. Apparently, she believes that since they don’t write their own songs or play instruments, they aren’t true musicians. Weird, considering that Ms. Knowles aka Beyoncé is credited with writing several of her own biggest hits. But that doesn’t make her a proper role model in some white folks eyes, because she emphasizes her sexuality more than her pipes.

Beyoncé also got criticized by some cowardice little snots on Twitter because of a photo showing her golfing with thighs far too slim for a Negress. America’s biggest hypocrite and dirty old pervert Bill O’ Reilly got into the fray by saying that she’s more about her bank account than empowering women. This prick thinks he is some authority on what’s best for women. Please, let’s ask his former producer Andrea Mackaris who sued his sorry sleazy ass for sexual harassment if he’s the proper spokesman for women’s rights. It’s highly doubtful that she would agree and say ‘yes’.

Rhianna is also getting bashed for constantly putting up pictures of herself on Instagram with her nipples practically showing. Keep in mind, most of the whiners are the same folks who had zero problem with the decades upon decades of white female sexuality being on display in this country. Many a beautiful white woman from Europe, as well, has found success in the North by doing nothing more than sticking out her chemically-enhanced pouty lips and batting her eyes seducing white male geek fans everywhere with a promise that they just might actually have a shot with her. Her breasts are always sticking out as part of the equation, while the sanctimonious critics of black women drool with untamed lust.

Rihanna

This is the classic M.O. of the arrogant, hopelessly egotistical and overprivileged. Our sexuality, no matter how disgusting and overly graphic, is acceptable, but you darkies are unattractive. And we refuse to see you as anything but spayed and neutered like our pets.

I wonder how the 20 women that have filed sexual harassment lawsuits against the white males of Fake Noise a.k.a. Fox News feel about being empowered working in that environment.

Back in the day, ’empowerment’ was exactly the word they used for faded pop icon Madonna. It’s the word that they also use many times for current white female songstress such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Somehow being overtly sexual and shaking your ass is seen as being strong when you are a white female on stage. But when you are black and female, it’s just another reason for the white male media to hate you and make disparaging comments about your looks.

Granted, both Beyoncé and Rhianna have chosen this career path and all the scrutiny and trappings that comes with it. Good, bad or indifferent. However, when there are those who blatantly change their tune because of race, it’s well past time to call bullshit. Unlike white females, women of color, especially black women, have to deal with sexiam and racism. Racism, of course, being the main proponent from the dominant society every time. It’s like they can just completely forgo or forget their very own words of praise when they heap on the criticism, usually over whatever petty nonsense they can come up with.

If it’s not her thighs being too small, then they are too big, as professed nightly by E! late night TV host Chelsea Handler, who seems to have a personal vendetta against Ms. Knowles as evidence by her endless array of snide comments. Theresa Wayman tried desperately to weasel her way out of her haughty and bigoted sermonizing by saying that she actually really loves Beyoncé and Rhianna and that she meant no harm. Then, she proceeded to throw the writer who interviewed her under the bus as if that lady has some Jedi mind control over Ms. Wayman’s mental state. In the comments section of the website, some tried to defend Ms. Wayman when others like myself called her on her racism and rightfully so. They seemed to believe that she was taking a stand against women in music, and in general, having to perform like strippers, that a lot of music involving women is been bombarded lately with racy images that overshadow talent. HORSESHIT!

Theresa Wayman

If she was about protecting the integrity of music, then why didn’t she whine about the white women who parade around their bodies in an effort to get noticed? And if you think that most – if not all – white female singers, musicians, what have you don’t take full advantage of their God given lady parts in one way or another, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell. Lady Gaga is one of the biggest offenders this side of Miss W herself. Yet, she has never been held to the same standard of Beyoncé. Gaga, Perry, or any other white woman for that matter, would have to do something so completely outrageous in order for them to be condemned. Most of the times they are lauded instead for being flamboyant. For making us laugh or for behaving so silly, black women – on the other hand – aren’t ever given that kind of leeway. If you are a black female, all they need as an excuse to attack you is for them to catch you breathing.

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18 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: Female Empowerment

  1. “And if you think that most – if not all – white female singers, musicians, what have you don’t take full advantage of their God given lady parts in one way or another, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell. Lady Gaga is one of the biggest offenders this side of Miss W herself. Yet, she has never been held to the same standard of Beyoncé. Gaga, Perry, or any other white woman for that matter, would have to do something so completely outrageous in order for them to be condemned. Most of the times they are lauded instead for being flamboyant. For making us laugh or for behaving so silly, black women – on the other hand – aren’t ever given that kind of leeway. If you are a black female, all they need as an excuse to attack you is for them to catch you breathing.”
    Very well said!!

  2. Yep when other women do something like twerking its cool, but black women doing it, it’s ghetto. Other women wear colorful hair and it’s just a phase, black women do it and it’s ghetto. I don’t care for beyonce or Rihanna, but I do see the hypocrisy, they won’t call out miley virus or the other women for shaking their arse and posing nude, but the moment a black woman shows some skin all hell breaks loose.

    At the same time because we only have a few images of ourselves out there it is not right, we need a balance, we can’t just have the video vixen image out there and nothing else. We should not try to emulate the dysfunctional society. I miss female artists like tlc, aaliyah, and Ciara when she was more tomboyish, I miss the female artists that could really dance and do it with their clothes on and still make it look sexy. Now it seems too many females focus on sexual empowerment and nothing else, they are not really challenging male privilege, all they can focus on is that males get to screw people and not get called a ho while they can’t.

    Let’s face it Hollywood is perverted and full of child molesters, so of course they will make fun of women with womanly curves and tell them to cover up. lady gaga and those other white females do not have curves, look at their body type it Is usually the same, so the media attacks black females that have the curvy body type, because it isn’t the girlish or boyish body type they uphold.

    1. Miley Virus LOL! But yeah we are always held to a different standard that’s precisely why I call the media out with my posts. Not only is Lady Gagme bony she is also pale and not very easy on the eyes yet she is still seen as better than Beyoncé smh.

      1. How in the hell is Lady Kaka viewed as better than Beyoncé!? That’s a rhetorical question, but still! Btw, I like the “Miley Virus” moniker. I usually call her “Miley Sorry Ass”.

  3. Recently on Access Hollywood they were yet again rehashing the attack of Solange on Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z. And Meghan McCain was on the show having the nerve to say that she was happy to finally see that Beyoncé and Jay-Z weren’t a ‘perfect’ couple. I think it’s that white people period are happy to see any moment of foolishness with Negroes involved.

  4. Wrong.

    I am black and I think Rihanna is a ho, not just white men

    But then again, to me, she is like most women, the difference is unlike like most ho’s this ho has the power to influence millions

    “Come on rude boy, can you get it up ?”

    She might as well do porn.

    I know ho’s like this. She acts like a ho, but then demands to be treated like a queen

    Ladies, you want men to treat you with respect then you want to know how to act ?

    I’ll tell you

    Act like Adrien in the Sly Stallone Rocky Films

    That’s how a woman should act. That’s what class is. Skirts below the knee. No cleavage showing.

    Anything that God made worth something he hides it.

    You can not find diamonds easy. You have dig and dig and you have work even harder to clean them. Oil ? You have to dig and dig and most times you don’t strike. Gold ? You can be searching and searching and no luck

    Why ? Because GOD made that hard to get because it valuable. Is not your body valuable ? All these ho’s showing themselves, gyrating and hoeing and then wonder men have no respect for you and treat you like garbage.

    You may think your showing your sexual freedom, but you are walking home alone, at night through the roughest, baddest neighbour-hood in town, you think you are playing matches but you are playing with a nuke and when the nuke goes off, you blame society

    You are the reason why men rape you. Women like Rihanna encourage

    You deserve it

    Be like Adrien

    Respectful to her man, Kind and loving and you could put Adrien in a room full of naked male models and you know she would not stray

    1. Keith,

      Before I permanently remove you from my den, let me say that no man has any authority over a woman’s body. NONE!! And why not consider another thought. How about men not be so impulsive whenever they see cleavage? Why shouldn’t men control their hormones when they see a woman they find attractive? Why not men learn not to rape in the first place?

      Keith, with that rape comment you made, you are no longer welcome back here. You are banned from my blog. Good bye.

  5. This articles is the truth. I am tired of these stupid White feminists putting Beyonce down. What is their point of putting Beyonce and Rihanna?

    1. I’ve learned while blogging that humanities are racialized by the dominant culture. The positives are seen as qualities of white people while the negatives are traits that nonwhites contribute. Feminism is seen as a “by white women, for white women” movement. On the other hand, sexual deviance and domestic violence is seen as a problem only women of color need to handle.

  6. Great points about the double standards, Vern! Why can’t society just admit they are alL equally skanky-actin’!? lbvs

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