A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Beyonce
Knowles's third studio album includes strong doses of gender stereotyping and
longing for her guy to call, but there's also a lively, feisty,
"girls, we got to stick together" message on some tracks.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
On I AM…SASHA FIERCE Beyonce applies her considerable
talents to songs that are mostly about relationships. She sings about the glow of
early love, the disappointments of love gone bad, and how much easier life would be if she were a boy. She co-wrote and co-produced every track.
Is it any good?
With Beyonces's usual exquisite delivery and excellent
production standards, I Am...Sasha Fierce sparkles
with intensity while setting the star squarely in some
very traditional roles. "If I Were a Boy" is a fantasy about all the things
women could do if they had the same freedom as guys. It's the "if" that raises
questions. Why can't women take more control over their lives and
Some songs wallow in co-dependency: "If I begged and if I
cried…would it give me some light/should I wait for you to call?" But others are
lovely descriptions of heart-stopping moments that promote a positive message of supporting a friend: "She was lost in so many ways/out in the darkness with no
guide/ I know the cost of a losing hand."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "If I Were a Boy," in which Beyonce assumes
that men and women always behave differently in relationships. Do you think the song promotes gender stereotypes? Given Beyonce's true-life fame and influence would she really need to be more like a boy to enjoy life more?