Janelle Monáe is the gift that just keeps on giving. Overnight she released the third track from her upcoming album Dirty Computer and it’s a bubblegum-hued, unashamedly sexual, at times political, ode to the vagina.
PYNK, which also features previous collaborator Grimes, is a “brash celebration of creation. self love. sexuality. and pussy power!” according to the description. “PYNK is the colour that unites us all, for pink is the colour found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere.”
Set in the desert, it’s a celebration of bodily autonomy, black bodies and sexuality, with Janelle rocking wide-legged vagina pants that are less clothing than they are art.
At one point, Janelle’s bestest gal pal Tessa Thompson LITERALLY POPS OUTTA HER ‘VAGINA’, in case there was any leftover speculation that these two are dating.
Do…. do you think they’re fucking?
The world: I mean we don't KNOW that Janelle and/or Tessa are queer and/or together.— A.K.C.B. (@AlannaBennett) April 10, 2018
Janelle Monae: Here is a video in which Tessa literally peers out from my vagina. pic.twitter.com/1OHWh7t8az
As well as the total celebration of sexuality, the video is also a celebration of the vagina being a functioning part of the body, with direct references to pubic hair and “sex cells”.
On Twitter, Tessa went out of her way to include trans people as well: not all women have vaginas, and not all people with vaginas are women.
new vid for PYNK by @JanelleMonae x @Grimezsz featuring me playing both a woman and a special part of some women ????https://t.co/CdHsjMgyDW via @youtube— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) April 10, 2018
It’s also a really, really big day for the Twitter contingent dedicated to representing Tessa Thompson as goats. So much new material! So many options!
This is one of my favorite things to make content for @TessaThompson_x pic.twitter.com/hFtZv7A5YD— Mobius (@Mobius___Strip) April 10, 2018
it had to be done pic.twitter.com/kp5LdQ3juC— cella (@alohacella) April 10, 2018
Monáe last tapped Thompson (so to speak) for her video clip Make Me Feel, which was an exploration and celebration of bisexuality.
Dirty Computer – which also features contributions from the late Prince – is out April 27, and will officially make all previous albums irrelevant.
#DirtyComputer pic.twitter.com/W0fdE0vrqp— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 16, 2018