In this hit song, Beyonce is putting herself in the shoes of a boy.  The song is very beautiful and shows a lot of emotion.  Through the lyrics, Beyonce creates the impression that boys are awful, mean individuals, who don’t know what they do to really hurt girls.  In the chorus, she’s saying what she’d be like as a boy if she had a girl’s mind.

This relates to the stereotypes as far as the emotions go in a relationship.  The girl usually takes things more to heart than the boys do.  Typically in relationships the girls show the tears and cry on the boy’s shoulder.  This song is harsh on boys because it’s giving a bad reputation to males, which we find can also be portrayed in other media outlets such as television, movies, etc. Beyonce is trying to give guys a heads up of their character.  At the end of the song, Beyonce says “..but you’re just a boy” explaining that this made up concept of an ideal boy doesn’t exist in reality. She pokes fun of the idea that there aren’t boys out there that can actually have these feelings towards a girl. The entire song is to show how boys don’t understand girls and that they never will.

Lyrics:  http://www.metrolyrics.com/if-i-were-a-boy-lyrics-beyonce-knowles.html