Janelle Monáe recently sat down with Marie Claire to talk women for their “The Future Is Female” issue. She suggests that women should stop giving men what they want in order for them to respect the vagina:
“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 care free black girl.”
The concept of a sex strike leads people to believe the stereotype that women don’t like sex as much as men, or that a woman’s body is all she has to offer in retaliation. After the interview was published in the magazine, she got some backlash via Twitter and wanted to clear things up:
She also stressed the importance of women staying themselves in a world where everyone and their mother has an opinion:
“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.”
If you like what you saw, you can check out the full interview here.