January 30, 2012

Rutgers University offers Beyonce Politics class


Following news that Beyonce has had a rare, ‘bootylicious’ fly named after her… a University in America has now announced that they will be offering students the chance to take a class on her and the cultural and political impact that she has had on the world. Do you need any more proof that she ‘runs the world?’

The Department of Women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering students a class entitled ‘Politicizing Beyonce,’ which will be taught by PHd student Kevin Allred.

The class promises to look at Queen B’s public image, her videos, her lyrics and her alter ego Sasha Fierce, as these elements are suggested to be related to mainstream feminist figures.

“This isn’t a course about BeyoncĂ©’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama‘s inauguration weekend,” Allred states. “She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”

Allred address queries regarding his being qualified to run the course: “Of course, there are people who’ll say, ‘You’re not black. You’re not a woman’. It’s something I’m always questioning and staying aware of so as not to overstep any bounds or make any claims for a group that I don’t belong to. It’s a fine line and I want to remain respectful of that.”
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