And so, another celebrity starlet dropped the mic to dispel a notion that women are only pawns in a man’s world.
Pop singer Ariana Grande took to her social media pages Sunday to clarify comments she made to The Sun in a recent interview, in which she said “a girl can be friends with someone with a d*** and not hop on it.”
Declaring her independence, the 21-year-old told the newspaper that she’s “tired of needing to be linked to a guy,” and said,”I’m not Big Sean’s ex, I’m not Niall’s new possible girl. I’m Ariana Grande.”
Now the singer has come forward to address the earlier statements, saying she is exasperated by the double standard and misogynistic culture in which we live and wants to make one thing clear:
She belongs to no one but herself.
“What I meant when I said what I said about not being Sean’s ex is that I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION,” Grande wrote to her 34.3 million followers.
“I… do not belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you,” she added.
Grande, who explained she comes from a long line of female activists, said she would like to be asked more about the music she is making than “boy questions” during interviews.
“I have come to the realization that I have SO. MUCH. MORE to talk about. I’m currently making the best music I’ve ever made in my life on tour with some of the greatest people I’ve ever known, working my ass off every single day, performing/creating for my babes and getting the chance to meet and hug my babes all over the world every day,” her post reads.
The young woman also said she has spent the past eight years feeling the need to have a man by her side at all times.
“I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not)/seen with…but by their values as an individual,” she continued.
Grande finished her post by citing a quote from feminist journalist Gloria Steinhem:
“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke…She will need her sisterhood.”
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