Who Run the World? Uh … Not Girls

Maybe the refrain should be “Who should run the world?” Anyway, Beyonce’s video for her  high-powered girl anthem “Run the World (Girls)” just premiered. As usual, B’s working that choreography and the beat’s so contagious it makes us all want to shake our booties and yell GIRLS when B asks “Who run the world?” Watch it for yourself here:

Don’t you wanna just put on your stilettos and kick some patriarchal butt.

BUT lest we rest too comfortably too soon on our feminist haunches, the bright and witty “Nineteen Percent” warns us that Beyonce’s anthem is more of an aspiration than a reality. Girls do NOT run the world. Nor do we want to really. Equality and an end to sexual violence will do fine thanks.


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

One response to “Who Run the World? Uh … Not Girls

  1. Anonymous

    Most the joyless be the ruination of EVERYTHING in life? Beyonce had a nice upbeat song, god forbid there be fun in the world. And from Beyonce to Kanye why do folks feel it is their duty to range in Black artists?

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