Beyoncé Gives The Last Word On “Formation” And Her Feminism In Elle Interview

Beyoncé’s exclusive interview with Elle hit newsstands and the internet today, so enjoy it, because now it’ll be another forty or so years before the Queen speaks to us again. In the interview she breaks down two things that probably shouldn’t need this much explanation but apparently do: The fact that you can support police and be anti-police brutality, and the fact that feminists are not all the same exact person.

On police and the messages in the “Formation” video:

Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me.

On feminism, femininity, and boys:

Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity—or, for that matter, your masculinity. 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. 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 also says that she’s “just exhausted by labels and tired of being boxed in,” and explains her feminism thusly: “If you believe in equal rights, the same way society allows a man to express his darkness, to express his pain, to express his sexuality, to express his opinion—I feel that women have the same rights.” Simple enough!

She also has some pretty cool things to say about fitness and embracing strength over beauty, so if you want to hear the last public words she’ll speak in the next several decades, head over to Elle.

[Elle]

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