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Beyoncé: ‘Old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims’

Beyonce performs at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England.
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Beyonce Knowles has grown into a symbol for feminism. The young singer has blossomed into a music superstar while delivering messages of independence and empowerment through the lyrics of her songs. In an email interview with Out magazine published on April 8, the “Drunk In Love” singer talks about how women should embrace and own their sexuality.

In the interview Beyonce expressed that one of her goals with her music is for it to resonate with other women as a tool to open up conversation. The 31-year-old wife and mother graces the cover of the May Power issue of the magazine really embracing her sexuality as a woman, which she feels more woman should do without shame.

“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims.”

As one of the most powerful and influential entertainers in the world, Beyoncé has definitely gained her power from not being afraid to express. She certainly relays that expression in her record-breaking self-titled album in which her goal was to deliver music that is personal and honest while at the same time freeing herself from “the pressures and expectations” around her.

Beyonce has also taken criticism for her display of sexiness in her videos and onstage, but she recognizes she wouldn’t be where she is right now if she didn’t own her identity and her sexuality. The message she wants to relay is that women can still capture their dreams and “still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”

On that, Beyonce is leading by example and doing it well.

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