Janelle Monae has a suggestion on how to get more men to be vocal about women’s rights and possibly even stop being evil. It involves withholding access to the vagina.
Monae was featured among Marie Claire‘s Fresh Faces for their May 2017 issue. In excerpts from her interview, the singer/actress offered some very strong advice on how women can demand more support from men when it comes to respecting and fighting for women’s rights.
“People have to start respecting the vagina,” she says. “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.”
Monae, who famous told the world she is “not here for male consumption,” also offered some thoughts on how women should own their sexuality and how they define beauty.
“It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us,” she said. “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.”
Monae’s stance on putting lock and chain on the vag isn’t necessarily a new idea. The notion of withholding sex from power hungry men goes back all the way to 411 BCE with the Greek comedy Lysistrata. The plot revolved around women punishing men who chose to fight in thePeloponnesian War war by not giving them any until the war stopped. The idea was revisited in Spike Lee’s controversial 2015 film Chi-Raq where women withheld sex until men involved in Chicago’s violent gangs agreed to put their guns down.
What do you think of this idea? Do you think sex depraved men will do more for women’s rights or turn them into even bigger monsters?