and already I think it’s safe to say that most people, at least the people I am most often in touch with, feel about twenty-three years older than we did at the start of the year. Which is why I am taking a moment to be very, very excited about this news:
I am probably the only person ambivalent towards Beyoncé as a musician. I don’t dislike her by any means, but I’m not over the moon about her either. I do think that she is a powerful, feminist icon. Beyoncé is unapologetic, which is something I think more of us need to be. Especially in an era of fear-mongering, the dismantling of women’s access to healthcare, rampant racism and xenophobia, and reversals on the slim progress we’ve made for LGBTQ+ folks, it is important to celebrate the little things that are good.
Beyoncé having twins is one of them. Besides, as a brilliant writer friend of mine also points out:
Many of us are out there protesting, are writing to our representatives, and raising our voices, but a key element of resistance is self care. If self-care means celebrating that an outspoken, undeniably talented, woman of colour is bringing twins into the world, then that is beyond okay.
So, I care. I care because we need to be able to remember to laugh and be happy and celebrate the good things that are happening right now. And because carrying twins is from what I can tell an incredibly difficult thing (ok admitting all my knowledge comes from This is Us and that was triplets but YOU KNOW), and I can only imagine Beyoncé will continue to be the incredible feminist inspiration she always has been.