Queen of Open Letters, Ariana Grande, has today spoken out against the objectification of females and "the kinds of moments that contribute to a women’s sense of fear and inadequacy," after a misogynistic encounter with a fan of her boyfriend, Mac Miller.
In her open letter, Ariana says: "It hurts my heart that so many young people are so comfortable enough using these phrases and objectifying women with such ease. I felt like speaking out about this one experience tonight because I know very well that most women know the sensation of being spoken about in an uncomfortable way publicly or taken advantage publicly by a man. We need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame. We need to share and be vocal when something makes us feel uncomfortable because if we don’t, it will just continue. We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS."
Ariana has also been replying to feedback via Twitter, saying:
"women expressing sexuality is often mistaken for "hi come disrespect me!!!!".. & that's just not the case. women (and men) can express themselves however they'd like !!! even loving sex!! this is not an invitation to be disrespected. by the way i am not fighting w you. it's an important conversation & i'll be as loud as i need to be til people understand. ♡"
Read Ariana’s letter in full below: