Beyonce’s Impact on American Culture, Turned into a Course at the University of Rutgers

Check out this new course at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Rutgers. The course explains how artists provide perspective on race, gender, and sexuality.

Beyonce as a Political Figure? Well, not in the traditional sense the article explains…

Beyoncé as a Political Figure?

“The course explores such topics as the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic and whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical.”
The link to the main article by Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins:
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4 thoughts on “Beyonce’s Impact on American Culture, Turned into a Course at the University of Rutgers

    • really? why do you think so? 🙂 don’t you think it would be interesting to use the impact she has made on pop culture and transform it to the way she has influenced women in society and somehow empowered them whether it was through her music or her image as a strong woman? i admit at first i thought it was a silly idea, but then i realized the concept is interesting because we have to admit she has made a great impact on American pop culture and a lot of women’s lives.

  1. I have to agree with that she has a great impact on American pop culture and the lives of women with her empowering music. However there is still room for debate because she does in a lot of her music videos and when she is on stage going on tour dress half-naked, flaunting her hips, thighs and belly. Her message may leave some confused,is she a sex-symbol and does her being a sex-symbol in pop-culture contributes to degradation &objectification of women?

    • Exactly, so we can agree there is a lot of controversial issues to discuss…like whether her image and what she represents is degrading or empowering to women and how this has impacted women in society… i think in the case of Beyonce, there is a lot of room for debate because she sends the message of being a positive role model to women by empowering them through her lyrics and entrepreneurships but also shows a lot of skin on stage…i think that’s why the course is called “Politicizing Beyonce”…there is always room for debate…it is a subject worth discussing because of the massive influence she has made in pop culture…overall, the thin line between objectifying women and empowering them in this case is blurry/unclear.

      Thank you for your input 🙂

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