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Janelle Monae Calls For A Sex Strike To Get Men On Board With Women's Rights

04/11/2017 11:23 EDT | Updated 04/11/2017 11:23 EDT

"Hidden Figures" star Janelle Monae wants more men to get on board with recognizing women's rights. And one way to do it, she says, is for women to withhold sex.

"People have to start respecting the vagina," she tells Marie Claire for their May cover story. "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."

She also noted that men don't "deserve" to be in her presence until they change how they run the world.

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"It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us," the 31-year-old declares. "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."

But while the "Moonlight" actress feels strongly about her stance, it's important to note that a sex ban would potentially negatively affect women as well, especially those who find heterosexual intercourse to be empowering and powerful.

Last year, Monae also touched on the topic of feminism and its relation to masculinity in an interview with Now Toronto, suggesting that how a man treats a woman says a lot about manhood.

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"Feminism should be a part of black masculinity," she explained to the publication. "Men should absolutely feel like it is their duty to be allies with women; speak up against sexism and help us fight some of the evil things that have been done to us.

"If black masculinity is part of being a man, then what makes you a man is also your support and how you treat women."

As for her attitude in 2017 — Monae says it's all about carefree black girl magic.

"We have to realize our power and our magic," the Kansas City native mentions to Marie Claire. "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."

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