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Whenever Beyonce releases new music, she elicits strong reactions from fans and haters alike. Recently, the streak-haired R&B songstress has sparked a vibrant debate in the black blogosphere about whether her latest video single ‘Run the World (Girls)’ can be considered a legitimate feminist statement. ‘Essence’ editor Demetria Lucas argued in her story, ‘Is Beyonce Sending the Wrong Message?,’ that the video merely inspires male lust. Responding to a reader comment on gossip blog, ‘The Young, Black and Fabulous,’ which compared the pop star to feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Lucas said there’s a difference between “p-popping and actual empowerment.”

The post sparked considerable reaction among the young black female writer set on Twitter and Facebook.

Soon after, Arielle Loren penned a reaction piece for Clutch Magazine online, ‘Is Beyonce the New Face of Contemporary Feminism?’ in which she wrote: “Like Lucas, women pushing the traditional hyper-sexual critique have been focused on the ‘male gaze’ for far too long.”

Clearly struck by the title of Loren’s Clutch piece, Jamilah-Asali Lemieux responded to the notion of contemporary feminism by stating, “I think the ‘new face of feminism’ should be able to articulate what feminism is.”

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