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In a rare interview with ELLE magazine, Beyoncé opens up about police brutality, racial injustice, and feminism. The singer has embraced the term feminist before and explains in her interview that she did that to provide "clarity to the true meaning."

"I'm not really sure people know or understand what a feminist is, but it's very simple," she says. "It's someone who believes in equal rights for men and women. I don't understand the negative connotation of the word, or why it should exclude the opposite sex. If you are a man who believes your daughter should have the same opportunities and rights as your son, then you're a feminist."

#Preach. She also goes on to say that being a feminist has nothing to do with being "feminine," as well as rightly points out that feminism aims to help boys and men in addition to women.  

"Choosing to be a feminist has nothing to do with your femininity — or, for that matter, your masculinity. We're not all just one thing. Everyone who believes in equal rights for men and women doesn't speak the same, or dress the same, or think the same," she says. "If a man can do it, a woman should be able to. It's that simple. If your son can do it, your daughter should be able to. Some of the things that we teach our daughters — allowing them to express their emotions, their pain and vulnerability — we need to allow and support our men and boys to do as well."

YES. Can we put the myth that feminism hurts men or that it's only for women to rest now? 

As mentioned above, Beyoncé also opens up about police brutality, why those who thought "Formation" was anti-police are wrong, and more. The whole interview is well worth a read. Read it over at ELLE.com