“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” she tells the mag.
The XO singer, 32, says there’s a “double standard” for women who want to express themselves as sexual beings.
“There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists,” she says. “Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.”
She adds: “The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that.”
The Single Ladies singer – wed to rapper Jay-Z and mother of 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy – believes no matter your occupation or personality, all women should feel free.
“You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist – whatever you want to be – and still be a sexual being,” she says. “It’s not mutually exclusive.”
The mom-of-one is proud of her huge LGBT following, who’ve been celebrating the Beyoncé album for months.
“While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make,” she shares. “I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart.”
“Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she adds. “So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”
The May issue of Out — the Power Issue — hits newsstand April 22.