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Beyonce Graces the Cover of Out Magazine, Explains 'Women Should Own Their Sexuality'

Beyonce Graces the Cover of Out Magazine, Explains 'Women Should Own Their Sexuality'

Beyonce is blonde and gorgeous on the cover of Out magazine’s May 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 32-year-old superstar had to share with the mag:

On her latest album being sexually charged: “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.”

On her new album sounding more raw: “When I recorded ‘XO’ I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.”

On many groups identifying with her album: “While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. 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…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.”

For more from Bey, visit Out.com.

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  • ari

    Owning ypur sexuality doesn’t equal being a whore.

  • Anya

    Bla bla bla bla she sounds like broken record.

  • Nona

    She is an utter idiot!

  • Susie

    She must have an IQ of about 10 or 11, plus she is totally selfish, all the money she has and she doesn’t do or talk about anything but herself.

  • Dahlia

    She’s so stupid and the bleach blonde hair needs to go. Yuck.

  • me myself & I

    But is she fake in her music videos or not? Because in interviews she looks bland

  • ugh

    First, the blond wig is atrocious. More proof of Beyonce wishing she was something other than herself.

    Secondly, her and Miley need to shut it! Neither of them know a damn thing about what true feminism is. They and their pr folks are just trying to make excuses for their disgusting behavior. A woman can be sexual however we don’t need to hear about degrading sex acts in the music you so called “strong/grown women” sell to young boys and girls under ths age of 18. They are the ones listening and viewing your filthy videos and then when some try to mimic what they see because they deem it as cool because Miley or Beyonce do it. Samething goes for all the other filthy trash that some call music today. Most of this mess is the reason STD’s is the highest amongst teenagers because they are pretty much introduced to porn in these videos. Yet you twits think this is feminism.

  • sweet_kisses

    this nasty whore knows nothing about feminism. Wish she’d shut he damn mouth stop trying to be white and stop speaking for all women, you a no role model just a devil worshipping stripper!

  • dreamy

    @ugh: It’s part of a game. Only the smartest ones dont copy them. Those are the ones who will succeed in life. The others are just fleas who will never learn or notice till they get waaaay older.

  • Love The Shoes

    Oh my word Beyoncé! Shut it UP already! I’m so fed up with her and Jay Z too (who I once thought was the _hit) You are NOT all that! (imo)

  • Love The Shoes

    @Anya: Two thumbs up! Couldn’t agree more. I’m so over them (she and he)

  • Gina

    Wow… Thanks Beyoncé i was deceived by society, but not i understand that i need to take my close off to be a real/grown/strong woman. Liberation yay!!!
    I thought the point of feminist, is that we are equal. I’m not a prude, but hinting that woman who don’t dress like sluts are submissive and victims is a little too much. I can’t believe how many people are eating this up!

  • What’s Up

    Beyonce always getting hate, she is a successful black woman and some people can’t stand it. Same thing for Miley Cyrus these women speaks the truth and some of ya’ll can’t handle it.

  • Notafan

    Beyonce, we get it, you’re sexual.

    Why does she have to keep talking about it all the damn time?

  • mind control

    her new world order job is to help destroy the family,
    thus the healthy growth of the individual,
    making all ripe for the picking for their new all powerful
    government daddy/family
    the female empowerment message is another Trojan Horse.
    women, (all) will lose their freedom in the long run
    and be controlled

  • offtheproperty

    If she and her admitted thug-pimp husband think black men are superior in every way, why then would they name their first child Blue Eye Vee?

  • stella

    I seriously can’t believe how dumb she is.

  • Too funny!

    Wow! Black Americans really love to trash members of their own race whenever they get rich and famous. Yet, black females just LOVE people like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to pieces. It makes no sense! It sounds like Beyonce is trying to use her “platform” to encourage other people to feel good about themselves, and for some reason, so many blacks get offended by it. Beyonce is not the best, but she’s also not NEARLY the worst!

  • Shar

    I hate how this woman tries to be white why don’t she embrace her black culture and take out the blond weave. Both her parents are black. Her mother is Black Creole so why is she bleaching her skin and wearing blond wigs? She looked so beautiful when she was younger now she is a disgrace!

  • She has the money though

    So black people – black women- are never allowed to die their hair any color than black because if they do, it is self-hate? Asians too? Latinas? Also, there are plenty of black people born with blonde hair so are they trying to be something they are not? Britney Spears has a right to die her hair but not Beyonce? Really? How about Beyonce can do what she pleases since it is her money and her head? In fact, I think most WHITE women would love to be Beyonce. Let’s see: she is under 35 and almost a billionaire, has an amazing career, known throughout the world on a first name basis, has a family and runs an empire. Why would she want to be anyone else? The silliness of these comments just show bitterness.

  • Cath

    So a black woman is not allowed to die her hair with it being something of a race hating thing? So are white women hating themselves when they tan or die their dark hair to blonde? Britney Spears gets to die her hair but Beyonce is not allowed? She can’t wear a weave without it being about self=hate? Maybe the ones criticizing this are the ones only seeing race here. There are black people born with blonde hair and “white traits” since statistically 53% of African-Americans have white lineage. Are they trying to be something they are not? What are they exactly? Also, I would sa, many WHITE women would want to be Beyonce: she is under 35, almost a billionaire, has a family, known throughout the world on a first name basis, runs an empire. Why would people think she is trying to be them? lol. This is all about a fall sense of privilege: thinking everyone wants to be you. Beyonce is not thinking of any of you. She owns islands, yachts, mansions and everything you wish you had.

  • Cath

    Only in America: a black man is looking at close to a billion dollars, pulled himself from his own bootstraps, is creative, runs an empire, is never seen doing drugs or anything crazy off camera yet the first word people use to describe him is “thug”. So sad. But does he care? No, Jay Z is busy taking action. What have you done today?

  • Sayer

    She has become sleazy. Yikes.

  • Terrible

    If this was a post about Brad and Angie and there 50 plus adopted children..there would be 100000 plus comments of ass kissing. Every time I read a post about Bey & Jay on this site there is so much hate and such nasty comments. Not even surprising anymore…

  • Itswhatsinsidethatcounts

    Id like beyonce to get really schooled in Feminist Theory. There is a lot of discussion there on history, media dipictions on women, lots to it. I did it. Made me a better businesswoman.
    How come Beyonce became so empowered using JAY Z, a feminist would ask? Why didnt she speak out about equality without the crutch of a man?
    Why does she talk about equality but makes no concerted effort to bridge the gap? Art without meaningful discussions from her makes her appear like a phoney. And who is going to be interested in an Artist like that?

  • Oh Yeah!!!

    @Notafan: Rihanna’s ENTIRE IMAGE is built on SEX aren’t you tired of hearing about her? Take your Jealously elsewhere

  • SoAnnoying

    @Cath
    You realize JayZ was a drug dealer, right!
    He is a thug and she is his dumb “eat the cake
    Anna Mae”. Those two are pure trash!

  • Magad

    Beyonce Monroe .

  • This

    First white women naturally tan when they go under the sun. Some black women bleach their skin which is not natural. White women have a certain type of hair that most black women don’t have. They wear wigs. I am a black woman and proud of it. When I see Beyonce, I see a very insecure person. She bleaches her skin, gets nose jobs and other plastic surgery procedures, puts on wigs after wigs. She is just showing that she is ashamed of how she really looks and her own race. I do not understand why she is so uncomfortable in her own skin and wants to transform herself this much.

  • Gross

    she’s becoming creepy.

  • Ahna

    she looks like she’s taking a dump.

  • Beyonce looks beautiful

    @Itswhatsinsidethatcounts: …. in that first photo. If the photo is not photoshopped, Beyonce has a beautiful neck and jawline. She can wear whatever color hair she wants to, because she’s attractive and her hair always looks good. I consider Beyonce to be a great role model for females. Ever since she got into the business, you never heard about her doing crazy, stupid stuff. You never saw her out with a lot of different men. She never got strung out on drugs. She has kept her wits about her and comes across as very focused and mature. She knew what she wanted, and she got it. She even got JAY Z to the altar, without popping up preggers first! How different Beyonce is from so many black women today! I totally understand why so many are jealous of who she is, what she looks like, and what she has. Black women have so many hangups. Truthfully.

  • THINK!

    @This: Have you ever thought that the wigs and all that is just Beyonce’s way of being creative and trying to stay interesting to her fans? That’s what Madonna did. Madonna reinvented herself constantly and stayed relevant until recent years. As for plastic surgery, in the business, “everybody and their uncle” gets a nip and tuck. Angelina Jolie chiseled her nose down — and she’s white and never had big features (except her lips) in the first place. Nobody is bringing that up. They just go on and on about her like she’s a totally natural beauty. NOT!!! …………. Insecurity must belong to YOU because Beyonce is happy. Nothing is greater than personal happiness. I get the feeling that you are the person who is not happy with your appearance. Maybe should do something about it.

  • And You!

    @Itswhatsinsidethatcounts: Are you a successful hard-looking, aggressive black businesswoman who doesn’t have a man at home, so you take your frustrations out on everybody? Ugh!

  • vxvxv

    The girl’s got major ego problems y’all!

  • Lift ip up girl

    Beyonce has issues with her own race. she tries to look like a white woman. Why don’t black women just embrace their hair and color of their skin and try to make the best of it instead of changing it? I am black and I see how much black women in the spotlight scream black power but still try to look like white people. Why is beyonce bleaching her skin? what is UP with that girl?

  • lost case

    @Lift ip up girl: It seems that you’re jealous, probably have a dark complexion and possibly unattractive. Why be jealous of prettier black women? I have been in churches with older black females who don’t look anything near Caucasian. Some had larger features, some small etc, but they would wear blonde hair — and actually, it looked good on many of them. They must have just liked they way they looked with blonde hair. I had never seen that before, and they weren’t copying Beyonce, because it was before her time. These were all women from the South. Maybe it’s a trend in some of those black communities. Beyonce is a BLACK woman through and through. If not, she could have easily married a Caucasian man. Not only did she want a black man, but she went with a true black man — Jay Z. He is not a Tiger Woods. Beyonce could never look white anyway. Even though her features are smaller, she still has the black “ethnic” look. The majority of the time, black people still look black. You turn their skin white, but you still see their black features.

  • 888

    What i dislike are the divisions between people and races. if a woman defends women’s rights, they should defend all women and not bring out the race card all the time. everybody goes through difficult things in life. no race has it easier than another nowadays. those are all individual stories. some women of race who always victimize themselves and go against white people for no reason have no moral compass. i am black and I don’t see myself putting other cultures down to bring my own up. And I expect the same from other people. it’s a notion of respect.

  • Liz

    jay z is immature.

  • Impression

    Beyonce is a black girl with typical black features. she should be proud of it instead of pretending to be marie-antoinette or marilyn monroe……

  • Orange

    I actually find that Beyonce looks half white (which is not a bad thing, a lot of people come from rich cultural backgrounds and are mixed). Is she?

  • actually

    @Impression: Beyonce is not pretending to be anything. She’s just dressing up for the cameras and getting paid.

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