Janelle Monáe is on a mission to make men respect the vagina.

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Monáe was named one of Marie Claire‘s "Fresh Faces" alongside Aja Naomi King, Emily Ratajkowski, Zoey Deutch, and Alexandra Daddario for the May "The Future Is Female" issue.

For her cover story, Monáe opened up about social issues that are important to her — namely, women's rights. 

Monáe told Marie Claire that she's frustrated by the lack of male effort in the fight for gender equality. And she has some solutions in mind.

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"People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex," she said.

Talk about a bold statement. 

Monáe knows that all men aren't anti-woman — but she thinks that men in general can do better.

"I love men," Monáe explained. "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 encourages women to regain control over their own lives.

"It is important to redefine what sexy is. To redefine style," Monáe insisted. "It is important for women to be [in control], especially when gender norms and conformity are pushed upon us. 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. 

She continued, "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."

Monáe wants women — especially Black women — to recognize their strength.

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"We have to realize our power and our magic," she said. "Because I am all about Black girl magic, even though I'm standing with all women."

Monáe concluded:

"This year, I am so carefree black girl."