The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism

December 15, 2013

The metaphor used in this post, as “unfortunate” as it may be, is right on time. Just as our foremothers and forefathers didn’t struggle for Civil Rights so that one day we could have a black drone-happy president, the feminists amongst them didn’t struggle so that we could uncritically embrace entertainers of the Beyonce variety as THE definition of what it means to be a feminist. The most stirring, relevant aspect of those past feminists always had a strong anti-capitalist bent because they recognized its impact on what it means to be a woman. So I say thank you to the writer(s) and keep the faith.

Real Colored Girls

Beyhive Booty

In Pimp Theory, a “bottom bitch” is the one in the whores’ hierarchy who rides hardest for her man. She’s the rock of every hustler economy and her primary occupation is keeping other ho’s in check and gettin’ that money. She isn’t trying to elevate the status of her sister ho’s. She isn’t looking to transform pimp culture. The bottom bitch is a token who is allowed symbolic power, which she uses to discipline, advocate for, represent and advance the domain of the stable.  In pop culture, she represents the trope of the chosen black female, loyal to her man and complicit in her own commodification.

In hip hop vernacular she has emerged as the “Boss Bitch” or “Bawse”, titles you’ll hear used liberally across urban/pop discourses – from the streets to rappers to the hip hop, basketball and ATL housewives.  What she represents is an appearance of power within…

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2 Responses to “The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism”

  1. Thank you. It’s one of the most apt critiques I’ve read and as such, is appreciated.

  2. Much love to you for the astute analysis and deep read of our piece. It was written with much reflection and consideration and we appreciate folk taking the time to read it deeply and not rush to hateration. Let the ideas marinate. You’ll see we’re not anti Bey or her project. But we are here to interrogate her with the seriousness that black feminist & womanist legacies require. In solidarity!

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