AWE (A Woman’s Experience)


women's studies


With the release of singer-song writer Beyoncé Knowles’s self-titled album in 2013 and her subsequent branding of herself as a feminist, many feminist critics questioned the validity of Beyoncé’s sex positive feminism in the context of the longstanding sexualization and objectification of black women. This article seeks to reconcile Beyoncé’s brand of sex positive feminism with black feminist theorists and re-appropriating the erotic for black women. Analyzing the 2013 album Beyoncé and examining the history of black female entertainment, this article argues that Beyoncé’s brand of sex positive feminism is a necessary step in reclaiming and redefining black women’s expression of erotic subjectivity in the music industry.


Sylvia Cutler is a senior pursuing a double major in English and French with a minor in women’s studies. Her research interests include female subjectivity and the erotic, as well as transatlantic Romantic female authorship. She will attend graduate school at Brigham Young University this coming fall.