There are two types of men in this world: those that are comfortable with listening to music created by a woman without feeling any sense of threat to their masculinity, and the alternative—a neanderthal that assumes the second you listen to the sound of a woman singing or rapping, your penis longs for a sword fight.
This is not a new concept, but like most things triggered by the biggest pop star in the world, Beyoncé, it only becomes more prominent once she releases something. Insecure men scatter out like roaches in a RAID-less house the second the light flickers on.
One message that responded to this stuck out to me.
It’s funny to see men react to other men finding Beyoncé’s music enjoyable. Not unheard of to be a straight man who likes good music.
— Fondren Road Flows (@PercivalPenman) April 29, 2016
I’m embarrassed for any man who thinks listening to a woman’s music is a test of his sexuality or masculinity.
This would include numerous tweets sent out over days following the release of Lemonade.
Are there even any straight male Beyonce fans
— Kobe = GOAT (@_R0TIMI) April 24, 2016
And last year.
Straight male Beyoncé fans like myself are outcasts. Lol we’re perceived as “DL,” “stans,” or “worshippers.”
— DRYX (@MotivateSean) February 16, 2015
And the year before that.
I think I’m one of the maybe 3% of straight male Beyonce fans.
— I love myself (@mjamal773) June 17, 2014
Of course, I’ve heard this over time in classrooms, locker rooms, and barbershops. I mean, there are men who worship Future the same way gay men and Adele worship Beyoncé. Or name any superstar athlete of the past half century here.
I appreciate videos like this because more times than not, you have to make light of the idiocy suffocating you. However, this addiction to hypermasculinity is vile no matter the form. Even if it’s as silly as a Beyoncé song, the root issue still hinges on the idea that, to some, you are less of a man for appreciating the art of woman. Well, a certain kind of woman. One is ultra feminine (yet strong), one who caters specifically to Black women (yet has proven again and again she can literally go as hard as her male contemporaries).
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