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Beyonce Is One Nasty Boy

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Man. If Beyonce was a guy, the world would be at a loss.

You don't believe me? Take a look at the way the she fits in the police uniform in her video for "If I Were A Boy," one of the two new videos she recently simultaneously released.

Initially, I was upset when I heard that Beyonce was making a video for "If I Were A Boy." Just two years ago, Ciara released a song called "Like A Boy" which has a similar concept.

The notion of a woman portraying a man is not unique. Hilary Swank won an Oscar for her starring role in the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry. Still, I felt that Beyonce may have taken Ciara's idea.

However, after watching Bey's version, it is clear that she explored a completely different angle.

Both songs challenge the double standards in male and female relationships and suggest "switching the roles."

But Beyonce tackles the topic in what feels like a movie short. I won't spoil it for those who have not already seen the video. But she offers an interesting point of view as she plays a married police officer who appears to be on the brink of adultery with her male partner.

Ciara's "Like A Boy" video takes a simpler approach. She merely dresses up and dances like a guy in a couple scenes.

"If I Were A Boy" and "Like A Boy" are different enough. So I'll call off the instigated cat fight.

While Beyonce has more than enough curves to fill out the blue khaki suit in "If I Were A Boy" clip, she apparently wanted to make sure that no one forgot how bootylicious she looks in her more traditional outfits.

For her "Single Ladies" video, there's not one wardrobe change. It's just B, a one sleeved black leotard, pumps and what appears to be her mega Roc-A-Fella wedding ring from Jay-Z that she flashes for the camera as she sings, "If you like it then you should have put a ring on it."

Let's hope that her female fans don't take her song's advice too literally and start making marriage ultimatums.

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