Musician Ariana Grande took to Twitter Sunday to vent her frustrations about how women in media are portrayed as “possessions,” writing “I do not belong to anyone but myself. And neither do you.”
According to music website Idolator, Grande criticized the media’s double standards for women in a Saturday episode of “Honeymoon Diaries,” a YouTube show in which the artist shares details about her world tour. The video episode has not yet been made public. On Sunday morning, the 21-year-old posted an essay to Twitter reiterating how she is questioned about the men she has dated in the past – and who she’s dating now – rather than being asked about her as an individual.
“I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY / POSSESSION … I have come to the realization that I have SO MUCH MORE to talk about,” Grande wrote.
The musician pointed to female activists in her family, as well as Gloria Steinem, as inspirations.
“I know y’all already know this but the double standard and misogyny are still ever present. I can’t wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they’re dating / married to / attached to, having sex with (or not) / seen with … but by their value as an individual,” she wrote.
Grande urged the media to “please help” make a change before signing off with a quote from Steinem: “Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”