Jan 30, 2014 5:49PM

There's A University Course On Beyonce

Queen Bey 101.

Unless you live on the Siberian tundra or somewhere with equally bad internet access, you're probably aware that Beyonce is running the world and is a sounding board for all the deepest darkest hopes of humanity. Everyday online, hundreds of people are frothing like, "Ermergerd, 'Yonce said she was feminist!" or "Bey is so sxc and a positive role model," all of which are true. It's a process Rutgers University professor Kevin Allred calls "Politicising Beyonce," and that's exactly what he's named his new Gender Studies course. You heard. There's a university course dedicated to feminist perspectives on Beyonce

As the lecturer told Rutgers Today, it's not a course on being Beyonce herself, but rather "the performer's music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender and sexual politics," which is still pretty awesome and makes us want to go back to university so we too can sit on some grass all day, pondering the nature of Beyonce's mass reception and how it might relate to the theories of Black feminist pioneers like Alice Walker.
According to Allred, "It's important to shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they're engaging on a regular basis." We couldn't agree more — by that logic, we too are kind-of professors who are kind-of engaged in a kind-of political process  RIGHT NOW. *brain explodes* No word yet on whether the course will delve into such important questions as why a diva is a female version of a hustler. There's one lesson to learn from this — for Gender Studies departments to survive, they must all adopt spicy course names in an effort to lure the young and third wave.
Photo: Terry Richardson