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Janelle Monáe Suggests Women Withhold Sex: "People Have to Start Respecting the Vagina"

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The multi-hyphenate joins Emily Ratajkowski and Aja Naomi King in Marie Claire's "Fresh Faces" issue.

“People have to start respecting the vagina."

So says Janelle Monáe in Marie Claire's new "Fresh Faces" issue. But what's the solution to get men to take heed and show some respect? Taking a lesson from Spike Lee's most recent film, Chi-Raq, Monáe suggests no sex.

"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," she tells the mag. "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.”

Sex aside, the actress, singer and star of best picture Oscar winner Moonlight and best picture nominee Hidden Figures, Monae gets real on a variety of subjects, as do fellow ingenues-turned-cover stars like Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch), Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away With Murder), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl) and Zoey Deutch (Why Him?). In a President Trump-dominated era, many of those subjects include politics, activism, feminism and the like. Below are highlights and the actress's individual Marie Claire covers.  

Aja Naomi King on race in Hollywood: “Maybe I’m outdated in thinking this, but because I’m a young black woman and don’t see very many being the lead in a film, I have this fear, Will I be working? When I first started in this industry, my goal was to be some best friend. The sidekick. I thought that would be an accomplishment. But seeing people like Viola and Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union and Lupita [Nyong’o] — who was two classes behind me at Yale — I can hope for more.”

Alexandra Daddario on how politics can affect one's emotions: “I think we are beginning to look at ourselves differently now. Politics to me is finally about how we treat the people in our lives and those around us. What are we angry about? What do we hate? What do we love? Do we want other people to do what we do? Do we not care what other people do? Do we feel safe? It all becomes this jumbled mess of fear and hate.”

Emily Ratajkowski on how President Trump is not the country's only problem: “One of the things that I really hope to see come out of [Donald] Trump’s election, and what I am starting to see, is that people who were never political are starting to get motivated. My only thing is that I hope it’s not just all anti-Trump. We have a broken system, so just getting Trump out wouldn’t mean that we have fixed our country or that was the solution.”

Zoey Deutch on that age-old question: Should actors voice their opinion on politics?  “That will be a debate forever. Before I was an actor, I was a human and a citizen. As an actor, your job is to inhabit different people’s lives and honor their feelings and be empathetic to other people’s struggles. Just because you are an actor, you are not immediately an activist. But if you do have the platform and the opportunity to speak out, then I think it is your civic duty — especially right now—to be on the right side of history. We only have so long on this planet.” 


 

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