Beyoncé's First In-Depth Interview In Years Is All About Feminism

"We need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes."

06/04/2016 4:05 AM AEST | Updated 06/04/2016 5:06 AM AEST
“If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you’re a feminist,” Bey told ELLE in a recent interview. 

The Queen is back -- and proudly wearing her feminist crown.

In a rare interview with ELLE Magazine published Tuesday morning, Beyoncé explained the rather simple definition of feminism and why she chose to embrace the term on her 2014 Mrs. Carter tour.

During the tour, the 34-year-old pop star flashed the word "Feminist" in big, bold letters across the stage as she sang her girl-power anthem "Flawless." The moment solidified Queen Bey as a proud feminist and sparked many debates about the definition of feminism in pop culture. 

"I put the definition of feminist in my song ["Flawless"] and on my tour, not for propaganda or to proclaim to the world that I'm a feminist, but to give clarity to the true meaning," Beyoncé told ELLE.

She said that feminism is for everyone -- including men:

I'm not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it's very simple. It's someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don't understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you're a feminist. We need men and women to understand the double standards that still exist in this world, and we need to have a real conversation so we can begin to make changes

As a parent of a young daughter, Beyoncé said she doesn't understand why someone wouldn't want women to be treated equally. "Ask anyone, man or woman, 'Do you want your daughter to have 75 cents when she deserves $1?' What do you think the answer would be?" she told ELLE. "When we talk about equal rights, there are issues that face women disproportionately... If your son can do it, your daughter should be able to. Some of the things that we teach our daughters -- allowing them to express their emotions, their pain and vulnerability -- we need to allow and support our men and boys to do as well." 

Bey modeling her new activewear line Ivy Park in ELLE’s May issue.

Bey explained that a big part of being a feminist is putting in the work to combat sexism and gender inequality. "Working to make those inequalities go away is being a feminist, but more importantly, it makes me a humanist," she said, referencing her work with Chime for Change and Global Citizen. "I don't like or embrace any label. I don't want calling myself a feminist to make it feel like that's my one priority, over racism or sexism or anything else. I'm just exhausted by labels and tired of being boxed in."

When asked what she has to say to those who feel a woman can't be feminist and feminine at the same time, Beyoncé replied accordingly. "We all know that's not true. Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity -- or, for that matter, your masculinity," she told ELLE. "We're not all just one thing. Everyone who believes in equal rights for men and women doesn't speak the same, or dress the same, or think the same. If a man can do it, a woman should be able to. It's that simple.

Well said, Queen B. Now... when are we getting that new album?

Head over to ELLE to read the rest of Beyoncé's interview. 

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