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    Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

    The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

    In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while standing triumphantly in front of the word “feminist.” Bold, but it also felt right after a night of watching female performers dominate the telecast, often with anthems about power and liberation. Feminism is definitely having a moment in pop music.

    Of course, this isn’t really the first time that it’s happened. Twenty years ago, in fact, feminism was also having a big moment in pop music. Granted, no one was flashing the word “feminist” at the VMAs—leave it to Queen B to take it to the next level—but the ’90s, particularly the early to mid-’90s, was a banner time for women in music who wanted to be more than just objects for men to ogle, and to sing about something more than just wanting the pretty boys to like you. Back then, fans could be forgiven for thinking women’s power in the music world was just going to keep growing, but by the late ’90s and early 2000s, the moment had passed and music was deep into a backlash phase.

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    Is Britney's 'Work Bitch' Anthem Anti-Feminist?

    The lyrics are empowering ("Hold Your Head High, fingers to the sky") but it's so hard to get past those dog leashes. Two Daily Beast reporters debate Brit-Brit's latest hit.

    Caroline Linton: This song is a feminist call to arms, no? Listen to the lyrics: “You want to live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You better work bitch.”

    We’ve all watched the coming-of-age of Britney Spears, from the 17-year-old who danced into our hearts with “...Baby One More Time” to being on top of the world in 2002, when Forbes named her the most powerful celebrity. Her fall was inevitable, but spectacular all the same, from her disastrous marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline, to the mess that was "Chaotic" (for those who don’t remember, their reality TV show), the two children in two years, the tear-filled interview Dateline interview in 2006. Eventually came her divorce from Federline, shaving her hair, the public meltdown, losing custody of her children, and eventually even losing the right to make her decisions. She’s tried to come back before—remember her 2007 performance at the VMAs? When it looked like she lost her dancing skills and her hot body? And then “Till the World Ends” in 2011? Well, this is it, this is Britney Spears who has learned her lessons as a woman—if you want it, you gotta work, bitch.

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  • Spears and Trawick at "The X Factor" premiere in Sept. (Kevin Winter/Getty)

    BABY, ONE MORE TIME?

    Report: Britney, Fiancée Split Over Kids

    Fans mourn loss of fairytale ending.

    Britney Spears and ex-fiancée Jason Trawick allegedly broke off their engagement because Spears wants more kids and Trawick did not, TMZ reported Saturday morning. Although he reportedly loves her two sons, he did not want children of his own. But there may be another, juicier reason: Trawick was concerned that being Mr. Britney Spears “took away his individuality.” One good thing that could come out of the split? A killer breakup song.

    Read it at TMZ