Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Course on Beyonce Taught at Rutgers


The Rutgers University Women's and Gender Studies Department offers a course of called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” exploring race, gender, and sexual politics in America...

From Rutgers Focus
Beyoncé is known as a performer, fashion designer, Jay-Z’s missus, and arguably the most famous new mom in the world. But should she also be considered a social change agent?

Kevin Allred, a doctoral student and lecturer in Rutgers’ Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, where he teaches “Politicizing Beyoncé,” thinks so – though, he says, the artist may not be “political” in the traditional sense of the word.

“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” he says. Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics. Allred pairs Beyoncé’s music videos and lyrics with readings from the Black feminist canon, including the writings of bell hooks, Alice Walker, and even abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

“Politicizing Beyoncé” emerged from Allred’s four semesters teaching Women’s Studies 101 at Rutgers, during which he and his students, both male and female, often discussed the thin line Beyoncé walks as a sex kitten-cum-girl power role model.

“She certainly pushes boundaries,” Allred says. “While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”

Course topics include the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, “Sasha Fierce.” In-class discussions often lead to other vocalists, including Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lady Gaga, and contemporary musicians who embrace the soul singing tradition like Adele and the late Amy Winehouse.

63 comments:

CaptainRoastAHo said...

do they teach them how to pussy pop and plagarize like Beytheifce

Anonymous said...

Seriously? This is ridiculous. This twatwaffle has not done ANYTHING to empower women, black people or anyone else. She's just a typical entertainer using s*x and stereotypes to sell mediocre music.

Anonymous said...

Bull shit story.

Anonymous said...

i wanna take that class actually..! think it would be insightful..follow me on twitter @KooKiiMinaj

Anonymous said...

Is this crap supposed to be considered HIGHER EDUCATION?

Anonymous said...

Class:
How to be black and have the masses see you as white all at the same time.

Materials Needed:

-A ratty blonde wig that has seen better days (Must be worn at all times. If at any time are seen without a wig, you will be personally escorted out of the building!)
-A wind machine
-A bottle of Clorox bleach (Imperative!)
-A superiority complex (A MUST!)
-A nasty attitude
-Manipulative, greedy father
-A designer for a mother that can't design for shit
-Bitchy little sister
-A husband that looks like a marsupial
(This is required for extra street credits for future courses)
-A pillow
-Illusions of grandeur (Required)
-Must have psychotic stans

Duration:
TBD

Cost:
TBD


*ROSETTA STONE (ENGLISH) AND DICTIONARIES ARE PROHIBITED*

Anonymous said...

Say what now what?

Anonymous said...

Are they for real???a

Anonymous said...

So what they are saying is that I will be spending thousands of dollars a year so my child can go to college to learn about Beyonce. What a waste of money.

Anonymous said...

lmao @ 1:25 too funny.

Honestly not a stan and sometimes a fan(when i'm at the gym :-) i'm curious to hear the students views on this chick..i don' think there should be an ENTIRE class based off this girl. From the description and from the blogs...there;s always contstant debate about this girl.

Anonymous said...

You want to know why the blowing up shit & shooting people on college campuses. Paying good money for bullshit courses like this.

Anonymous said...

RHYMES WITH FIANCE

Len said...

I don't see Beyonce's 'persona' being studied in a positive way in that class. Analyzing Beyonce in the context of Sojourner Truth, Alice Walker, and bell hooks would leave Beyonce coming up short using her body instead of her intellect. Beyonce for all intents and purposes is selling herself as a sexual object.

The feminists that I know don't view Beyonce as a positive influence on black women or women in general. The unCoonscious message that Beyonce sends to young black girls is not one of empowerment and self acceptance, but one of Coonformity to European beauty standards in order to gain material success.

Further, Beyonce perpetuates the white myth of the black woman as hypersexual with nothing to offer the world except her body.

Good luck with that --not.

JayHova's Witness (CLIT FLEA) said...

FINALLY!

I thought they'd never teach this!, Bey has paid such a HUGE contribution on Politics & African American History!!

& Shes VERY EDUCATED BLACK WOMAN.

PLUS, She teaches me how to "Talk Lyke Dis"....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpQFtG_f93s

HEHE!^ :O

Anonymous said...

Well you would not have to buy a book for class....the bitch is all over the place.#moneysaved

Which brings me to ask, why would someone intentionally take a class on her when she is force-fed to us in everyday life?!?!

Anonymous said...

Rhymes with she on say

JayHova's Witness (CLIT FLEA) said...

bUT THIS WAS back in THE 90S!

wHEN IT WAS okay TO "Talk Lyke Dis"...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3MLqDD2KQ

bUT NoW MY bEYB IS FAR MORE EDUCATED & has become more & more Hollywood the further she got into her careeer...

THUS, Shes no longer like you Loud Ignorant Ghetto Heffas on this blog. Setting her self apart from the Ghetto Low Class Country Bombkans she grew up with...

NOW shes Wealthy, Classy, Powerful, Educated, Toured all over the world, Reads Books, Experienced culture, Done Politics, & now a A business woman. Etc

So there you have it, shes a Huge part of our Black History thus worthy of being taught about. :)

Can you say the same for your Fav?

kyllawilliams said...

I could see if it were a performing arts class or sum but to put her in a catagory with such women whose done more than perform is a stretch. I mean nobody knws beyonce the world is in love with sasha fierce. The world is still convinced she faked her pregnancy. Not to mention stealin everything that is her accomplishments, especially destinys child! So what are they actually gonna learn from her? How to boost popularity by dating one of the most richest men who can buy ur celebrity. She was forced on us!

Anonymous said...

This is ONE of the reasons why Americans are viewed as STUPID around the world smh

kyllawilliams said...

I could see if it were a performing arts class or sum but to put her in a catagory with such women whose done more than perform is a stretch. I mean nobody knws beyonce the world is in love with sasha fierce. The world is still convinced she faked her pregnancy. Not to mention stealin everything that is her accomplishments, especially destinys child! So what are they actually gonna learn from her? How to boost popularity by dating one of the most richest men who can buy ur celebrity. She was forced on us!

JayHova's Witness (CLIT FLEA) said...

Bey has now become one of my FAVORITE Politicians, Political Leaders, & Civil Rights activist.

I was soo PROUD when I seen Bey & Jay CAMPAIGNING for Obama a few years ago...

Obama, Michelle Obama, JayZ, & Beyonce...

^^^#THE ELITE 4! The MOST POWERFUL Black Men & Women of Today. :)

SORRY OPRAH. :'(

Ingmar's Prophetess said...

First of all: the MAN who's teaching womens issues at the university should'nt even be teaching courses on women's issues. The fuck do he know about womens issues?

Second of all: this mofo sound like one of those professor by day/drag queen by night type'a mofos who just wanna bring his fonky ass fascination with BeyCuckoo into the classroom to further force this frog down the throats of innocent students. All he wants is a way to live out his daily fantasies about Beyonce without being criticized for being a queen.

Fuck this fag douchebag; he don't give a damn about Sojourner and them.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Ingmar Prophetess. Why is this fool teaching about "women's issues," anyway?

Anonymous said...

Only one course in this? People should be able to major in Beyonce studies.

Anonymous said...

I hope this jackass flunks his doctoral thesis defense over this bullshit..Beyonce, dude?!? Really?!? You couldn't think of anybody else?

Anonymous said...

I don't see Beyonce's 'persona' being studied in a positive way in that class. Analyzing Beyonce in the context of Sojourner Truth, Alice Walker, and bell hooks would leave Beyonce coming up short using her body instead of her intellect.
******************
I agree this course is gonna tear Beyoncce down,dissect her over sexualized antics and make her look foolish...

Anonymous said...

Beoncce will be compared to the Greats,in a negative way...beyonccce has set feminist back 100 years....I wish I could be a fly on the wall in that class...students are gonna rip her a new twat...

Anonymous said...

Would have been better if they called the module: Race, Entertainment, Gender and the Saartjie Baartman Effect. #ijs

Anonymous said...

The professor prob is gay or he could be a sensitive man....

YEA I SAID IT!! said...

the only thing she did was use SEX SELLS to a whole nother level; and since the public is so myopic, the drank the kool-aid out of curiousity or low self esteem and now look at what we have;
this girl is waaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy overrated and has done NOTHING for my bottom line or any of my ancestors or heirs; whoever takes this course must be, I don't have words . . .

Anonymous said...

REALLY MATTHEW AND TINA KNOWLES:

bUT THIS WAS back in THE 90S!

wHEN IT WAS okay TO "Talk Lyke Dis"...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w3MLqDD2KQ

bUT NoW MY bEYB IS FAR MORE EDUCATED & has become more & more Hollywood the further she got into her careeer...

THUS, Shes no longer like you Loud Ignorant Ghetto Heffas on this blog. Setting her self apart from the Ghetto Low Class Country Bombkans she grew up with...

NOW shes Wealthy, Classy, Powerful, Educated, Toured all over the world, Reads Books, Experienced culture, Done Politics, & now a A business woman. Etc

So there you have it, shes a Huge part of our Black History thus worthy of being taught about. :)

Can you say the same for your Fav?


NOBODY BELIEVES THAT BUT YOU, BOO!!

Riyadh said...

Christina Aguileria BLOWS beyonce OUT OF THE WATER VOCALLY.......

I dare anyone say beyonce sings better than Christina.

Anonymous said...

true 5 29

Riyadh said...

who said beyonce even had any talent? you call yodeling and screaming and schreeching talent? Lol where are the real vocalist at to show this mud duck what a real singer.

Celine, Chaka, Mariah, Whintey, Toni, Deborah, Tami and so much more now this is what I call America's Got Talent.

F*ck the Press Coach Joe Paterno is the Best said...

What do you expect when they had Snooki at Commencement? Lol that school has become a joke and it's such a shame because it used to be a good school. Georgetown, Seton Hall, Vilanova Syracuse, and Pittsburgh if you want to go BIG EAST shout out to the BIG EAST GEORGETOWN IS IN THE BUILDING LET'S GO HOYAS. Shout out to UCONN to I see you. lol beyonce who?

F*ck the Press Coach Joe Paterno is the Best said...

Um I only like the Rutgers football team, shout out to ST.JOHNS holding it down for the BIG EAST they would not have this BS at St. Johns.

AYE honor the legend Mr. Paterno anything less would be uncivilized.

JayHova's Witness (CLIT FLEA) said...

Riyadh said...

Christina Aguileria BLOWS beyonce OUT OF THE WATER VOCALLY.......

I dare anyone say beyonce sings better than Christina.
5:29 PM
__________________________

Ive been saying for YEARS that Xtina Vocally is SHIT!!! Its not even saying MUCH to say hat Bey sings WAY BETTER than STRAINTINA. DONT!!!

JayHova's Witness (CLIT FLEA) said...

So THIS sings better than BEY??

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJZEbCdTT2M

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

#STOP IT!

Anonymous said...

This is wrong on so many levels. Bey is not deep enough as an artist to have anyone seriously discussing her work or image in someone's classroom.

The Real Fedup said...

@125 lmao!!!!!! Dead!!!! Classic Rws Comment for the books! Lmao !!! I can't stop laughing I am in tears!

Anonymous said...

1:25 STANDING OVATION!!! Bravo. You are so right!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above, they will dissect her in a not so positive manner. However this is the par for the course, it was Madonna back in the day. Rap music in the 90's, I imagine in a coupla years it will be Lady Gaga.

Anonymous said...

Millibeynilli is NOT an artist to discuss. This has to be a joke. Scholars over skanks.

Anonymous said...

LMAO!!! A class on Beyonce? Well, I'm sure this will be one of his teaching tools: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZVnve5wG0A

Anonymous said...

@1:25-lol

Anonymous said...

1:25take a bow!! Lmao!!! :)

Anonymous said...

They should be studying women of substance, instead of some flash in the pan. This bitch is a fraud and I hope this course is an elective.

Anonymous said...

this may be useful for gays and drag queens & employees of the E network.

Anonymous said...

O/T Roseanne Barr went IN on Beydunce's dumb ass stans for dissing the late,great Etta James

http://necolebitchie.com/2012/01/23/when-tweeting-goes-wrong-roseanne-barr-goes-in-on-beyonce-fans/

Anonymous said...

And the dumbing down of America continues...

Anonymous said...

@1:25 hillarious!

@1:44 excellent statement!

Quianaj27 said...

@125pm- preach it. smh no wonder the educational system is fucked up, they got subjects on this trick here smh.

Anonymous said...

How to be a high priced whore 101

Anonymous said...

This world is all f@$ked up. Rutgers has obviously become a joke.

Anonymous said...

This is beyond stupid when you do a study you need to focus on a person who came from rags to riches and their struggles. Beyonce has not had to struggle a day of her life.

Beyonce was raised in a upper class family mom and day lived well and she bragged about it when she was saying that she was raised different than the Jacksons and Janet checked them booty pads for her.
Beyonce had a car at 16 and had a chance to go to school to further her
career training and here you have many children's who never be able to afford a set of wheels until many years after school.

Anonymous said...

Often times this seems and read like it
could be beyonce's site so she can try and smarten up to stay ahead of the Game. After all we already know that Beyonce nor Jay-z are the sharpest tools in the tool chest.

Anonymous said...

If they are teaching students to watch and pattern themselves after her then we know that the world is in some deep sh!!.

Operation: BeastMode said...

This "Teacher" has his head FIRMLY planted straight up his ass

Anonymous said...

Good morning students, today we are going to talk about how you can bleach yourselves, get nipped and tucked, sleep around with a man like jay-z and it's okay to sleep with him for years before you get married and act like you are a angel in the public eyes because jay-z is very wealthy. Remember students we will go further into the study of the Stripper because she has a neat way of climbing a stripper pole and busting it wide open on stage for all to see. And we will go further and teach all of you how to gap your legs wider than beyonce does because that will get you extra credits.

Anonymous said...

Students i am going to teach all of you how you can use your back up singers and get ahead of the game also. Students once
you get ahead and get your nerves up real good to go it along then you can drop all
of your back up group snd let them go it along because that way you will always be richer and get all of the glory for yourself.

Anonymous said...

Wow she looks like a white lady. How did they do that?

Anonymous said...

Beyonce Knowles, has stolen songwriter's credit, accolades she did not deserve on royalties of song she didn't write. She has been outed by The New York Post that have written in the past about her stealing way.

The fact: Beyonce is illiterate and slaughters the English language. These factors that do not translate to songwriting. She is a thief and a complete fraud.

She has arrogantly violated the rights of others, robbing people of paychecks, which have gone into her greedy pockets. Beyonce is a absolute disgrace

DamnAirFresh said...

Beyonce is an entertainer and is good at it. She knows what it takes to get to the next level and she goes there everytime. Whether positive or negative, she's always a topic of discussion and that speaks volumes all by itself. So, don't hate the playa hate the game. Point Blank Period.

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