What does If I Were a Boy mean?

Beyonce: If I Were a Boy Meaning

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Song Released: 2008

If I Were a Boy Lyrics

If I were a boy,
Even just for a day,
I'd wake up in the morning,
Put on my clothes then go.

Drink beer with the guys,
And chase after girls
I'd kick it with who I wanted
And I'd never get confronted for it.
Cause they'd stick up for me


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 17th 2015 !⃝

    This song is clearly saying That if she could be a boy she would treat her partner with respect and treat her right. She's clearly saying that men or boys don't know how it feels to get hurt by the person they love." i think i could understand" "how it feels to love girl i swear i be a better man" If She was boy she would treat the girl right. Also How girls get fed up with all the things that the guy does and hurts them so much and they don't realize that.At the end she lets go and realize that shes needs a person that does treat her right and values her.And when the boy or men realize their mistakes it would be too late for them.They would wish to back in time to fix everything


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    Oct 1st 2017 !⃝

    That boys think it's ok to treat women badly because other men think they deserve it or their 'just lads' when really a real man wouldnt act like that in the first place, just because other boys do it it's ok well their boys and they'll lose the one they wanted because they act the fool and thing it's ok to be vile.


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    May 29th 2018 !⃝

    I would say this song is about the sexist society that females have to deal with, with regards to relationships but also mainly sexuality. The song backs up the idea of our society being ‘a mans world’ in the respect that males get away with a lot more than females do, particularity with how they value, treat and view women.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd 2023 !⃝

    First of all if you are flirting in your job indenpendently of your gender you are wrong.
    it is time to be congruent, our place to work employment or the place we use to go everyday to get paid and put money in our pockets is a place to work not to flirt. dont confuse partners are just that partners, friends are just that friends and friends never get involved romantically.
    in you feel something romantically about your friend then you are wrong. did you know about friend zone is? good.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2023 !⃝

    The gaslighting couldn't be stronger. This type of message for women to think all men are like the ones she's portraying isn't healthy. There's no wonder why there are so many failed relationships when you have songs like this.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 14th 2021 !⃝

    I think that the music means is that Men are more independent than women,because men can do everything; can go out in the evening,can drink with the guys,etc. And it shows the role reverse of man and women.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2021 !⃝

    I know what it feels like to be hurt by a man and it's too painful to think of. I was crying, didn't come out of my room for three days. I like this song cuz boys are cruel to woman and many of them use us for a tool of popularity and just to have a 'Sexy Babe'

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2021 !⃝

    That Jay-Z was flirting with all the female artists he was signing to his label at the time and resultng to beyonce as if she was just been jealous, regarding all her suspicions around his infidelity..she wrote the song to him, but tried to make it a generalised song about all men, when I believe it was personally directed to him and his egotistical ways.

  9. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2020 !⃝

    It’s a song about That is saying women have it harder in this world than men and men don’t understand how women feel but she know’s just how men feel because she is saying what she’s so if she was one, this song couldn’t be if I were a girl because your not allowed to say anything bad about women but if you sing it about men it gets praised

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2020 !⃝

    Shitty song... as if most men don't feel or gets hurting us women do. We hurt men just as much as men do.... and we all know qe get away with much more then men do...we just know how to hide it well and isn't noticed. Dont tell me you have bene overly nice to a police officer to get away with a ticket or at bars getting free drinks or get served first eventho guy were waiting first.

    I am fed up with men being portrait as evil and us women us weak...we aren't.. I have hurt men just as much as they hurt me...its called life. .. move on and enjoy it...


  11. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2019 !⃝

    In 1997, the year that Beyoncé's girl-band Destiny's Child signed its first record, one commentator called the Spice Girls' "Girl Power!" "a kind of ad agency version of what nineties feminism has become: a safe form of self-expression that has more to do with changing your hairstyle than changing the world" (source). Another complained that the album Spice had "put the sexual clock back by decades"

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  12. anonymous
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    Feb 16th 2019 !⃝

    Really good song that represents the new feminist movement.

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2018 !⃝

    It's about boys that hurt girls and get away with it because they don't know the pain of being hurt as a girl

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 5th 2018 !⃝

    I believe when she was writing this song she was going through her tough times and how the whole society was falling to its feet because of the personalities of some men. Not all men are disrespectful and i think she was also trying to say that in this song as well.

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2018 !⃝

    She doesn't understand boys so she minorly stereotypes them while trying to define them.

  16. anonymous
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    May 8th 2014 !⃝

    I think this song is talking about how a girl is getting fed up with the way men treat them.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2011 !⃝

    This is about how Beyonce is sick of how much males get away with, especially in regard to the way they treat females, and she talks about how they don't understand how it feels when they treat women this way. She talks about how she would act if the roles were reversed. At the end if the song, she says that it's too late for this person to change and she's going to find someone to respect her.

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2011 !⃝

    I think it's about a girl who is fed up with how her guy treats her, and how she would act if the roles were reversed.

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