Beyonce: Women Should Own Their Sexuality

Out Magazine

Despite some of her male critics (Bill O'Reilly perhaps being the most vocal), Beyonce feels her latest album "opened up" the conversation about women's sexuality --and she's not done talking yet.

"There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality," Mrs. Carter tells OUT magazine. "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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The publication points out that many identify with her fifth studio album, including the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. "Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle," the 32-year-old mother explains. "But what I'm really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I'm very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority. ...We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love."

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Beyonce's OUT magazine issue hits newsstands April 22, 2014.