Is Beyonce a Feminist? Some Answers to a Perplexing Question

Eight moments that seem to suggest she is

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Beyoncé has become an icon, and in no small part this is due to her willingness to use her gender as a creative tool. The argument over whether the singer is a bona fide feminist or just a pop star cashing in on "girl power" has raged for years, but whatever side of the debate you land on, her message of empowerment, commitment to her craft, and control over her image and performance are undeniable. In celebration of her latest feat—that flawless halftime performance in which she was backed by an all-female band—here's a collection of Beyoncé's most feminist moments to date.

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