Janelle Monáe recently took to Twitter to clarify her comments on her suggestion that women should refuse to have sex as a protest for better rights.
“I don’t think that, but I do get frustrated when women’s rights are trampled on and disregarded. And we must demand our agency,” she tweeted.
She went on to clarify that the political environment and recent events had shaped her comments: “Sometimes you give interviews right after the ‘leader of the free world’ has a meeting to discuss women’s issues with a room full of men… and it’s very frustrating. But no, I don’t think sex is a bargaining tool… I just wonder how these people got born and raised. then I remember that choosing a partner for a co-parent is important. Because those values are passed down for generations. Hotep to hotep…. Sexist to Sexist.”
Janelle Monae believes that the best way to fight for women’s rights might just be abstaining from sex entirely.
“People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex,” she explained.
She then continued, “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. ” Monae went on to speak about the power of womanhood: “It is important to redefine what sexy is, To redefine style…
It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us.
Women automatically are told that this is how you should look. This is how you should get a man. This is how you should get a woman.
You need to fit into all these boxes to be accepted, I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking, I don’t think we all have to take the same coordinates to reach the same destination, I believe in embracing what makes you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable, I have learned there is power in saying no, I have agency, I get to decide.”