Janelle Monae — who last week released her album Dirty Computer — clarified that the pants she wore in her "PYNK" music video weren't necessarily meant to simulate a vagina, and also clarified that her femme anthem is for all women, no matter what genitals they possess.
"Sometimes I think people interpret those as vagina pants, they call them vulva pants, they call them flowers, but it just represents some parts of some women," Monae told People. "There are some women in the video that do not have on the pants, because I don't believe that all women need to possess a vagina to be a woman. I have one I'm proud of it, but there's a lot of policing and controlling that people are trying to have over our vaginas and when you think about female genital mutilation, when you think about all these women's issues, I wanted to make sure we were discussing these issues but we were also celebrating each other."
When "PYNK" was first released, Monae's co-star (and rumored girlfriend) Tessa Thompson voiced her support for trans women.
to all the black girls that need a monologue that don’t have Vaginas, I’m listening https://t.co/pyjStgkDKu
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) April 10, 2018
Monae supported Thompson's statement with one of her own.
Thank you to the incomparable & brilliant @TessaThompson_x for helping celebrate US (no matter if you have a vagina or not) all around the world ! We see you . We celebrate you . I owe you my left arm T . Xx #PYNKhttps://t.co/cUNgeWk52I
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) April 11, 2018
Monae also revealed that she intends to mass-produce the vagina/vulva/whatever pants (which were designed by Duran Lantink, adding, ""I'm so tickled and honored that people are talking about the 'Pynk' pants, I think that it's so cool to have discussions around women's issues and women's bodies, I think it's amazing."