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Beyoncé – Partition

“The day that I got engaged was my husband’s birthday and I took him to Crazy Horse. And I remember thinking, ‘Damn, these girls are fly.’ I just thought it was the ultimate sexy show I’ve ever seen. And I was like, ‘I wish I was up there, I wish I could perform that for my man…’ So that’s what I did for the video

Parition is lyrically about the female protagonist having sex with her romantic interest in the backseat of a limousine. the song details a romantic relationship in which women do not act as sexual objects during sexual intercourse but rather use “the physical act of love as a form of agency”, from which they derive pleasure. “Partition” gained significant attention for its explicit lyrics, with frequent references made to the opening lines of the first verse in which Beyoncé asks her driver to put up the partition:

Driver roll up the partition please
I don’t need you seeing Yoncé on her knees
Took 45 minutes to get all dressed up
We ain’t even gonna make it to this club
Now my mascara running, red lipstick smudged
Oh he so horny, yeah he want to fuck
He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse
He Monica Lewinskyed all on my gown

On the hook lines, Beyoncé completely lets go as she adopts whispery vocals, singing that she wants to please her man, “Take all of me / I just wanna be the girl you like, girl you like”. The closing minute of the song features a French spoken word interpolation, which translates roughly as: “Do you like sex? Sex. I mean, the physical activity. Coitus. Do you like it? You’re not interested in sex? Men think that feminists hate sex, but it’s a very stimulating and natural activity that women love”.

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