On newsstands April 22, the publication will mark its annual “Power” issue with Queen Bey on its front. In the interview inside, she details the thinking behind thesexual liberation themes present in “Beyoncé,” her December 2013 surprise visual album.
I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.
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