The Department of Women and Gender studies at Rutgers University can now be officially dubbed a member of the Bey hive. A doctoral student, Kevin Allred, at the university created a curriculum based on Beyonce and the study of her music from gender, race and sexuality viewpoints. He spoke about her album B’Day by saying, “It wasn’t as polished as her first and subsequent albums…You can even hear her breathing on the tracks, which is normally edited out. I wondered, ‘Why would you record a vocal to stand out in that way?’” Allred is writing his dissertation on black female singers’ voice techniques like tone, timbre and pitch. The course will be titled “Politicizing Beyoncé”. In response to criticism of Allred’s being a white male from Utah creating the course he said,
Of course, there are people who’ll say, ‘You’re not black. You’re not a woman…It’s something I’m always questioning and staying aware of so as not to overstep any bounds or make any claims for a group that I don’t belong to.
In addition to studying Bey’s lyrics and videos the class will look at “the narrative around her life, career and persona.”