Janelle Monae is not here to play, boys.
In a recent interview for Marie Claire, the singer and Hidden Figures actress revealed her thoughts on how to get men to fight for women’s rights. Janelle did not mince words and said, “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 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.”
She also touched on how important it is that women be the deciding factor in what’s “sexy” and stylish. “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,” she explained. “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.”