Beyonce|Run the World|Remember your elementary school days when boys had cooties and came from Jupiter “to get more stupider”?  For most of us those days are past, but, unfortunately, not for all of us.

Take Beyonce’s recent video hit, Run the World.  It’s an attitude drenched anthem that takes woman’s rights back about 50 years. 

Far from showing women as the stronger sex capable of having babies and bringing in a paycheck, Beyonce’s dancers seem to have been told their sole purpose was to show lots of skin and look bitchy.  Way to go, Beyonce.  The video looks like it could be a sexist joke on Family Guy.  Surely there was a better way to show the girls’ liberation then thigh high stockings and corsets?

Speaking of guys, the video is an excellent example of double standards.  If a man had made this video, I could see it being flagged for sexual discrimination.  You wouldn’t have to change anything except make Beyonce a boy.

As far as double standards go, the media seems rift with them lately.  A few days ago I watched a newscast on the “Brocial Network”, a private Facebook group for men only.  The entry fee is submission of a female photo, scantily clad.  Scantily, as in bikini pics, not naked. 

The whole thing hardly seemed worth prime news cast time I thought. If I started a group of my girl friends and said the entry fee is a photo of a sexy man in his undies, we’d all laugh and feel clever.  I don’t really see what the big deal is.

The complainants on the news show made blanket statements like “surf the web, as men do”.  Doesn’t that insinuate that women don’t surf the web, or did she just mean surf the web looking for pictures of scantily clad women.  And is it because I can’t, or if I do I’m somehow ‘broken’ or that I’m too delicate? 

I am 100% for equality for all sexes, races, age and even species, but I object when it seems the downtrodden is trying to take the place of the tyrants.  When equality turns upside down, it’s no longer equality.  It’s just the same old shoe of oppression on the other foot.

Just my opinion.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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