Janelle Monae recently sat down and spoke with reporters from Rolling Stone, where she opened up about her fluid and non-discriminatory sexuality. During the chat, Janelle stated she considers herself “to be a free-as*-motherf*cker,” and has had relationships with both men and women.
Janelle isn’t the only celebrity to come out recently as some form of “sexual.” Miley Cyrus, back in 2016, said she was “pansexual” as well, which essentially means that you’re attracted to all genders.
In case you’re not in the know, ‘pansexual’ differs from ‘bi-sexual” because bi-sexual refers to a person who is attracted to both men and women.
However, pansexual means that a person is attracted to any human being regardless of their self-identified gender. The implication is that biological sex is merely a social construction created through cultural norms.
And while we’re glad Janelle proclaims herself as being “woke,” not everyone on social media is on-board with her recent talk with the publication on her sexual orientation.
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One person wrote on Twitter, “I’m beginning to get lost on what all of these terms mean. So pansexual just means that you’re attracted to whatever and whomever. Back when I was in high school, we called that sort of person ‘thirsty.'”
Another added, “all of this seems closer to an exercise in self-importance and self-righteousness rather than a genuine declaration of a ‘sexuality’ because of a need to get it out there.”
Some people joked about it; “I thought that a pansexual was someone who was attracted to kitchen appliances and other objects? I guess you learn something new every single day.” As you may know, gender identity and expression have become contentious topics in the mainstream in the last 3-4 years.