As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Janelle Monáe, Netflix has just launched a new show, titled Sex, Explained, in which the singer provides narration.
Sex, Explained covers all aspects of sex, from biology to attraction to sexual orientation to birth control. Though heterosexual sex remains the primary focus, the show does delve into the nature of same-sex attraction, and the complexities that shape sexual orientation. The show also discusses evolutionary biology, and how sex hormones have changed in humans over time.
Related: Janelle Monáe just came out, officially
Monáe herself has never shied away from sexuality in her work. Her song “Pynk” dealt with feminist issues and sexual fluidity. In her personal life, the singer came out as queer in 2018, calling herself “someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf*cker.” Last year, reports linked her romantically to both Black Panther stars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o, though Monáe has never confirmed as much in public.
Frankly, we love listening to Monáe on any occasion, especially talking about all things sexual. Sex, Explained streams on Netflix.
I love her.
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She’s an innovative path blazer. .Back in 2007 and 2008 when she debuted she was a bit vague about her sexual orientation and sexuality, however. Then in 2011 or so, she said she only dated “androids.” OK. Then a few years later she said she dated women and men. We all change and evolve, and homophobia remains a real issue. However she defines and lives her orientation and desire, I support her.
A man should have narrated it.
I guess millennials and younger need to be schooled on sex. Clearly many know nothing, confusing sex with gender, believing that having your junked groped without consent is traumatizing, that teenagers have no sexual agency, that any sex is free of power dynamics, and that power dynamics can only be understood in terms of victim and predator. Otherwise, doubt there is anything she can teach me, although I’d gladly lend her my copy of Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom.
Millenials are approaching 40 now. Gen-Z is the generation you’re trying to belittle.
They really don’t care about impressing Boomers, though.
It’s super cool that Netflix is providing sex education. There is no sex-ed standard in America so this, sadly, may be the only sexual education a lot of teens get outside of porn, which is a TERRIBLE sex educator. But that’s because it’s not meant to be educational.
Just don’t keep Janelle away from music. I’m always delighted by the songs she puts out.
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