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  •  So much to cover here (5+ / 0-)

    it's hard to know where to start so this may not be orderly.

    I find this whole obsession with Beyonce and JayZ's performance and what it says or doesn't say about their marriage both fascinating and infuriating.

    That "he let her" is laughable given that these are each accomplished artists and savvy business people in their own right. Together? They've proved they are a force to be reckoned with. Ermagerd...now the world knows they probably have sex and like it!

    Instead of viewing it through the prurient lens that conservatives have, I view it as a statement of confidence (in themselves as individuals and especially her confidence as a woman). I'm not sure anyone tells Beyonce what to do or not do.

    It does get into the broader issue of some white people's obsession with black sexuality. It's OK for conservative white women to use their sexuality because it's an expression of what exactly that's different from any other ethnicity? Look at any Country Music awards show and the women are hardly wearing sackcloth and ashes. Palin, talking about Todd the "stud" is both accepted as confirmation of his manhood. Her wearing form fitting clothing, high heels, playing up the makeup is A-OK.

    But let a black couple be secure enough in their marriage to confirm "hey, we have a happy and healthy sex life in which we're partners, equals" and it's like conservative hetero guys around lesbians: "We are against that  but can we watch".

    I think those same people hate the PDAs the Obamas show. Maybe it's because conservative political marriages seem more like mergers and business deals. Dunno. Don't care. Will we ever rid ourselves of this meddlesome Puritanism?

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 03:32:25 PM PST

    •  I think it's not just about Beyoncé's (2+ / 0-)
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      confidence as a woman -- it's also about Jay-Z's confidence as a man that he can appreciate and even join her in that confidence. How many times do we hear about men controlling women to the point of physical violence if they even smile at another man? Maybe he's showing that he's confident enough in his own manhood and in his wife's love for him that it doesn't matter if she dresses sexy and dances for the world -- he knows she's going home with him that night.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 05:32:44 PM PST

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