Janelle Monáe had one hell of a 2016. Not only did she appear in two Oscar nominated films (Moonlight and Hidden Figures) and totally win the red carpet, she continued to be an absolute musical powerhouse. As her profile continues to climb, Monáe hasn’t been shy about using her voice to raise awareness about issues that are near and dear to her.
Monáe spoke about her mission to “redefine what it means to be young, black, wild, and free in America” earlier this year, and in her latest interview for Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces issue, Monáe doesn’t hold back regarding women’s rights, and has a few radical ideas about how to get more men onboard as well.
“People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black-girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so carefree black girl.”
That is certainly one way to take back your agency. While this may be an extreme statement, Monáe certainly has a point. Many men would like to enjoy what women can give to them without viewing them as valid individuals who can and should be able to make their own choices. Men shouldn’t be able to have one without the other: if you want to enjoy our bodies, treat us like human beings.
This statement was misconstrued, so Monáe sent out a few choice tweets to clarify her statement.
As Monáe continues to excel in her career, it’s so good to know that she is as passionate as she is talented. Something tells me that she’s going to be around blowing minds for decades to come.
(Via Marie Claire)