Can you guess what the blog post is about today from the title?!
I woke up like this is a line from the Beyoncé song Flawless which came out in 2014. I am dedicating a whole blog post to this song because of how it made me feel, empowered and passionate; and I wanted to share this with you.
Music can make you cry, laugh or dance to your hearts content but some songs can make you do all three and that’s what Flawless does. When I first heard this song I got goosebumps – and still do sometimes. Beyoncé has been such an inspiration to me for many years. She’s powerful, runs her own business, successful, proud and respected. All attributes I aspire to become as I grow older. So when Beyoncé comes out with a song like this you really feel it because she is an artist saying the truth! You feel she is talking to you and understands. Beyoncé has done so much for feminism and raising awareness of how amazing it is to be a women which is something I am incredibly passionate about.
The chorus of the song says lines like:
You wake up, flawless…This diamond, flawless, My diamond, flawless
This rock, flawless, My rock, flawless
It talks of buying your own diamonds and waking up feeling amazing – having respect, your own money and working hard for it is such an empowering message to young women (and men) about being a boss and owning it. If you know old school Beyoncé from Destiny’s Child days it is reminiscent of songs like Independent Women and Bills – classic empowering anthems.
Included is the bridge by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie . How Beyoncé can create a song with a bridge from a Ted speaker and still make it a hit for modern audiences shows the power of her music.
The lyrics are so real and thought provoking that I wish it could be played to every man in the world so they understood what it’s like to be female in this world!
Some of the lines include:
We teach girls to shrink themselves, To make themselves smaller, We say to girls,
“You can have ambition but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise you will threaten the man“
It then goes on to describe how society suggests females should aspire to marriage and how we don’t teach boys the same. As well as how girls cannot be sexual beings in the way boys are. Which reminds me of how boys can be players and girls are often called sluts. Isn’t it scary how true this is of our society and the messages we are sending to young women and men through media?!
I know a lot of great men that have amazing values and completely understand feminism and respect it. But to be frank some don’t. And this song combines the frustration and even anger – a negative emotion I know – however I believe if you use anger as fuel to energise you to turn it into a positive, it can be a highly effective tool.
Some people are scared or dislike the word feminism. Personally I think it has a bad rap. If you brought it back to the origins of wanting equal rights for men and women financially, socially, culturally and ethically then I think most people would agree. I am proud to call myself a feminist because of this song alone. Flawless is an anthem for people to believe in and give them courage and strength knowing their not alone and that we are BEAUTIFUL INDEPENDENT PEOPLE WHO CAN DO INCREDIBLE THINGS!
Want something to change? Then be the change. And I am 100% for that and that’s why I felt I had to write this post.
I would love to know your thoughts and what anthem inspires you. Please remember, we woke up like this, FLAWLESS. All my love, Hannah xxxxxx