College Lecturer Suggests Artists Like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Are Reclaiming the Word ‘Slut’

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For all the married and single ladies – and men, too – Tuesday evening began calmly at Western Kentucky University’s Faculty House.

A room full of students and professors enjoyed refreshments facing Kristi Branham, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at Western Kentucky University. To begin her speech, Branham walked toward the lectern adjacent to the popular culture studies poster featuring Oprah Winfrey, and “to the left, to the left” of Winfrey: Beyoncé.

“I’m not saying Beyoncé is a slut,” Branham said. A collective gasp went up, as if the audience were defending the honor of their “Queen Bey.” “I don’t want that to be misinterpreted.”

Following Rutgers University, WKU joins the debate across the nation in academia: the subject of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. How “flawless” is she when she wakes up? And what is her net worth of power since her musical group Destiny’s Child coined the term “bootylicious”? It’s an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary, meaning “sexually attractive, sexy; shapely.”

Branham said Beyoncé and other R&B pop artists, including Nicki Minaj, are reclaiming the word “slut.”

“I really believe that there is a fourth wave of feminists that is coming up behind us. I’m not sure what they’re going to do or where they’re going, but feminist scholars may mark Dec. 17, 2013, the release of Beyoncé’s ‘Beyoncé’ as the beginning of the fourth wave,” Branham said.

Branham and students supplemented the study with examples of Beyoncé’s success that eclipse husband and rapper Jay-Z in the lecture titled “Flawless, Bootylicious or No Angel?: Debating Beyonce Feminism.”

“She was already a superstar before they started dating. She released two solo albums before they got married and she has sold significantly more music than he has. I mean, personally, I worry for him,” Branham said.

Laughter filled the room. Branham explained her statement.

“We see Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, that didn’t go over very well with Whitney Houston being much more powerful and having muchstronger star power than Bobby Brown ever did,” Branham said. “And it kind of destroyed Whitney because she tried to hide it … and not overshadow him because of these heterosexual ideals about marriage and how the man is the provider. We lost a wonderful star because of that. I would be more concerned about Jay-Z because I think Beyoncé’s fine.”

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SOURCE: Bowling Green Daily News
Natasha Simmons

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