Janelle Monáe: "Until Every Man Is Fighting for Our Rights, We Should Consider Stopping Having Sex"
Janelle Monáe is always right. When she wears something, it's the right thing to wear. When she makes a song with Erykah Badu, it's the right song to listen to, always. When she's in a movie — like "Moonlight" or "Hidden Figures" — they're the right movies and deserve to win all the awards. And when she says she has a plan to change the world, it's the right plan. That is the plan, by the way, which Monáe explained to Marie Claire for its May issue, as a means to get men to start respecting women's rights.
"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."
Um, yes. A sex strike seems like the right plan for right now. Conservative legislators continue to attempt to regulate a woman's body and choices, and a man who bragged about sexual assault is currently in charge of our nation's vast nuclear arsenal; this is not the time to play nice and hope for the best. Maybe we should consider trying to Lysistrata this ish immediately.
It's also just a good rule of thumb. Of course you should own your sexuality, get it if you want it, etc., but if a man (or partner of any gender) isn't a respectful person who wants to see you empowered with equal rights, get off that man (or partner of any gender)! Go find someone else! There are lots of people, and as they say in "The Sound Of Music," "Liesl, you need to not fuck that guy; he's a Nazi and good girls do not fuck Nazis." (I'm paraphrasing.)
Monáe expanded on her completely correct ideas, saying:
"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."
Yes. This. More facts and wisdom from Janelle Monáe please.
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