Lenny Kravitz: ‘I personally think women should be running the world’


Lenny Kravitz

These are photos of Lenny Kravitz at the NRJ Music awards in Cannes a few days ago. He attended with French singer Shy’m. Are they together? I’m more fascinated by his very Lenny ensemble. He’s wearing a Saint Laurent jacket and rocking those red leather pants and leopard print boots. Who else could get away with this outfit? No one, but Lenny gets away with all of it. He can literally wear anything or nothing at all.

Lenny has a newish interview with Flatt magazine. It’s a super long piece, and his answers span paragraphs. Lenny has a very idealistic view of art and its place in the world, but it’s not obnoxious in a Gaga way. Lenny doesn’t try to call attention to himself. He’s simply being himself, and he seems very grateful to be fabulous (even though he believes he’s not cool) for a living. His thoughts on women are both respectful and provocative:

His role in music: “The artist’s role in society is to keep reflecting what’s happening, to keep reporting, as it were. Because with the way that things are going, art is getting pushed into the bottom level, unless it’s something that’s for great gain. You know, art that goes for ridiculous prices, I mean, incredibly ridiculous prices, because that’s the business. So on that level, people are going to keep art going because there’s money in it. But where there’s not necessarily money in it and it’s about expression and it’s raw, those outlets are diminishing.”

His modern role models: “Wow, that’s a hard one. I don’t really feel there is a distinct voice for this generation so I stick with the classic voices still speak to me like Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.”

His thoughts on women: “I personally think women should be running the world. I know that’s such a funny, easy thing to say. My first experience with women would be my grandmother, my mother and my aunt. They were the women that raised me. At an early age, I understood it in my spirit the strength of women, the loyalty of women, the fact that women do whatever they need to do to take care of their families or loved ones. Women’s dedication, hard work, honor. These women were the rocks of my life, the pillars of my life. Without these women, life for our families would not be what they are. I believe women are so much more sensible, have so much better intuition, and ultimately are stronger. For me, I’ve always gotten along better with women. I’ve always related to them better. I’m glad that that feminine side is a big part of my upbringing. To answer our question, I think that there should be a lot better representation by women in the running of this planet in so many ways.”

On being “a sell out”: “You can be successful and do well without selling out, but when you sell out from being yourself, that’s the thing that’s a problem. Before I even made my first record and people didn’t necessarily understand what I was doing because I wasn’t black enough or I wasn’t white enough, I was offered big money once–here I am living in that Ford Escort, I’m showering in friend’s houses, I’m eating whatever I can get for food. I’m sleeping parked in places. Then I was offered one of those big record contracts in the eighties when I was a teenager to sign. That was my dream, to have a record deal, and here it was! But they said, you can’t do what you’re doing, we think you’re talented and all, but what you’re doing is not what we’re going to let you do. You have to do this, whatever that was, to conform to whatever was happening that time on the radio, especially with African American artists. I had to conform to the African American radio success program. And there I was at the record company and the guy is offering it to me and they’re pulling out the letter of intent. And I stood there and I looked at them and I honestly can’t tell you what made me not do it. There was something inside of me. I turned it down and walked out of that office. And everyone told me what a f***ing idiot I was.”

[From Flatt]

Lenny’s been in the business for half his life. He’s 50 years old now! He walked away from that first record contract, but he ended up succeeding anyway. Lenny goes off on a tangent when he talks about artists needing workspaces. He says he has a farm near Rio, which is a 5-hour drive away from everything. He’s thinking about opening it up to artists, so they can live off the land and rub shoulders with each other in a suitable outlet. It’s all very dreamy and would probably never work in practice, but you know, sign me up. Call me, Lenny.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz

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  1. Frida_K says:

    I want to rampage Lenny.

    Rampage.

    Just….yeah.

    Mmm-hmm.

  2. AG-UK says:

    Let Love Rule… he is still so hot.

  3. minx says:

    Thank you Lenny, so do I.

  4. Kitten says:

    If I ruled the world, I would force Lenny to be my sex robot.
    Sorry, world, but he’s all mine.

    • Can I be your second? Liam Neeson can be mine.

      And whoever he’s with, I LOVE what she’s wearing!

      • BengalCat2000 says:

        Please allow me 3rd place in line…. I’ll happily catalog his boas whilst you ladies take care of Lenny. Thanks, love BC

    • paola says:

      I met him once while I was working and I couldn’t make a sound. not a word came out of my mouth. It was so incredibly hot I spent all the time with a red face thinking of him being 5 meters away from me.
      gosh i’m blushing even now!

      • snowflake says:

        oh, wow! lucky you! where was this?

      • paola says:

        Florence, Italy.
        A few years back. I was waitressing in this very posh restaurant and when he walked in I couldn’t move. I met several celebrities in my life but nothing happened with them.
        Lenny oozes sex and you just keep blushing just looking at him. amazing gift he has! He could get girls naked without asking them to be! lol

      • Eleonor says:

        I believe you.
        That man is pure hotness.

  5. maeliz says:

    Lenny is the hottest. Absolutely gorgeous. All I want for Christmas

  6. bettyrose says:

    I thought we’d discussed his thoughts on women before? He’s so beautiful on every level, but he also sees that women have always run the world behind the scenes, so yeah lets get a little credit for it.

  7. Sam says:

    The crazy thing is that he’s so hot, but by his own admission, he’s celibate (for personal and religious reasons). I think he’s said since 2005. So you know that whatever woman gets him is going to be very happy indeed (eventually). By all accounts, he’s a really, really nice guy and people really like him, so you just go on, Lenny.

  8. bondbabe says:

    And I “personally think HE should be running MY world.” Rawr!!!!

  9. Tateru says:

    I want to fly away.
    Yeah yeah yeah

    I am instantly relaxed.
    OOF. Lenny stop it.

  10. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    Lenny, darling, I’d be content to simply rule YOUR world.
    Kisses,
    ASB

  11. vish says:

    He could run my vagina whenever he pleased. <3

  12. ellesbelles says:

    The man seriously does not age. How is that even possible?

    Love him.

  13. Sara says:

    “I believe women are so much more sensible, have so much better intuition, and ultimately are stronger”

    ugh. why doesnt he get called out on that? the only thing he does is put women on a pedastal that will lead people to expect way more of women than anyone is capable of. it might be even worse than saying “women cant do it” because you can easily show that women can do it. it also gives fuel to the people saying its only about giving females all the power in the world.

    • Joy says:

      I love when someone finally says something positive. Negative Nancy to the rescue to shoot it down!

    • Because women have had to be stronger, and on the whole, I think, consider everyone’s wants and needs. My mom came back, weak after months of chemo, and spent the two weeks that she had in our house (before having to go for months of radiation treatment) cooking meals for us (because my dad’s a cheapskate and didn’t want to cook or spend a lot of money on food), and rearranging the entire downstairs and recleaning everything I had cleaned (which she does EVERY TIME she comes back from a trip). And she did it because she wanted everyone in the house to have real food, like she makes for the family all the time.

      • Sara says:

        because your mom did things now all women are better than men? anecdotal evidence is very flawed.

      • Kitten says:

        Sara-why is it when someone discusses a strong female role model, you automatically take that as a slight against men?

        I don’t know a single person, male or female, who hasn’t had a woman in their life who went above and beyond for them and I don’t see how relating that experience is somehow an indictment of men, I just don’t.
        I also can’t imagine any rational man being threatened by the idea that strong women exist.

    • Mimi says:

      Sara, I want to disagree with you, but I can’t. If he’d said I DON’T think women should run the world, we’d be all over him. This is just the opposite side of the coin. I want to see the world ruled equally. I want women to have a say and have a seat at the leadership table. And THAT is what I want to hear other people say. ;-)

    • original kay says:

      wow, I totally agree. what a sexist comment he made.

      the best PERSON should run things. THAT is equal rights.

      • Sara says:

        thank you original kay, also Mimi. it just amazes me how suddenly something that obviously sexist is seen as cool.
        that he is doing a great disservice is not even seen. ok good, if women are so great we should all be judged on that. it should be easier for women and we can expect more of each woman.

        that beauty privilige how people swoon over such statements because they are sexually attracted to him is also worrying.

      • original kay says:

        agreed Sara. I’ve been reading your replies and I agree with 100%,

      • Kitten says:

        “Women’s dedication, hard work, honor. These women were the rocks of my life, the pillars of my life. Without these women, life for our families would not be what they are. I believe women are so much more sensible, have so much better intuition, and ultimately are stronger.”

        Sara–First of all, nowhere in his comment is Kravitz diminishing men. He was asked SPECIFICALLY for his thoughts on women, not about his thoughts on feminism, or gender equality.

        And just because you disagree with his views on women, doesn’t invalidate his personal experiences growing up with strong females.

        I grew up with strong male role models who were loyal, moral, and feminist. By that statement am I implying that women are NOT loyal, moral, and feminist? Am I somehow putting pressure on men to be loyal, moral, and feminist by simply describing my personal experience? I mean, come on…

        Maybe he got a bit carried away with the “women should rule the world” comment but overall I think what he said was supportive of women and not denigrating men in any capacity. Just my opinion.

      • original kay says:

        you know how you can easily and quickly tell if something is sexist?

        replace the wording. go try it, with his quote.

        Men should rule the world, etc etc.

        just replace men or man every time he says woman, or women, and it is clear how sexist his comments are.

      • Kitten says:

        Yes Original Kay, I know how to detect sexism but thank you for that.

        Except saying “men should rule the world” isn’t exactly sexism, it’s a reality. Men still hold most positions of power and men are still in control of most societies-whether western, eastern, tribal, whatever.

        Look, I know everyone has the need to equalize everything to claim “double standard!!” but at the end of the day, saying “women should rule the world” is a relatively harmless comment about a world that has been dominated by male power for centuries.

      • original kay says:

        you’re welcome Kitten :)

    • LizLemonGotMarried says:

      nm

    • Bridget says:

      There’s a reason why micro-loan programs (which was a Nobel Peace Prize winning idea) primarily loan to women.

    • Illyra says:

      Glad I’m not the only person who is irritated by this.

  14. Angee says:

    This is some pretty sexist babbling, Lenny. Sensibility, intuitiveness and strength are not predominantly female qualities. I have a son who is all of those things and I take offense on his behalf. Personally, I’ve known plenty of women that I’d NEVER, EVER, EVER want in power especially when they’re in a hormonally challenged state. That could be devastating militarily/politically. HOWEVER, women (and men) need to be FREE to pursue their dreams and never held back. Traditionally, women have been the care givers while men hunted – it’s just the way it is and probably always will be for the most part, but women must have the FREEDOM to not choose that non-caregiver path, too.

    • Sara says:

      thank you for posting this.

      will be funny to see the other comments jumping on you while being sexist about thinking women are better than men.

      no i dont think its hormonal but still thanks its good to show the hypocrites. like Kitten, making jokes about forcing Kravitz to have sex with her. holy crap, if a man said that she would hae lost her crap.

      same goes for every other commenter here objectifying a man.

      its really disturbing how so many female commenters are willing to objectify men and will not even comment on the content and only about want to have sex with him, truely appaling.

      remember: if a starlet does not what feminism is she will get attacked vicisouls, if a good looking man (thats important, ugly men are attacked here) says something only his looks will get commented on in the most inapproiate ways and he can spew the most sexist crap like women are genetically better, no feminist outrage because of his physical attractivness.

      • Lucinda says:

        I do agree about the objectifying of men. I see it on my Facebook feed a lot too. Arguing for women to be treated as more than objects while also posting pictures of barely dressed men and drooling over them. I appreciate a beautiful man as much as the next person, but I don’t like the overtly sexual pictures of men where they are nothing but an object of sex. Maybe I’m just getting old.

      • wolfpup says:

        I’m going to be a littler delicate here; but women do not get hard-ons by looking at a beautiful, muscular man. That “equal” idea has been a hindrance for women, as it justifies men objectifying women, who do get hard-ons by looking. Women do not have to be just like men!

      • Kitten says:

        It doesn’t bother me at all if a man or woman say they want to have sex with another man or woman.

        There are plethora of magazines and websites designed specifically for the male gaze–that also doesn’t offend me in the slightest.
        Do I at least get points for consistency? ;)

    • Kitten says:

      “I’ve known plenty of women that I’d NEVER, EVER, EVER want in power especially when they’re in a hormonally challenged state”

      Yeah women shouldn’t be presidents and such because of their period!!!!!!!!

      • Tateru says:

        I know right? They should be straight jacketed into fuzzy pajama bottoms and be pelted with chocolate until the red scourge passes. Bleeding presidents. The nerve.

      • Mimi says:

        No, of course not. Because we all become intellectually challenged, homicidal idiots when we have our periods, don’t ya know? Never mind that pretty much every woman EVER has continued to live and function, work and take care of home and hearth even while on her period.

      • TrustMOnThis says:

        Yeah, the man who posted that has no idea what he’s talking about.

      • Melanie says:

        I can’t believe I just read that quote, my jaw is on the floor. But perhaps I’m just being hysterical because it’s my special, cursed time of the month. So hard to think when Aunt Flo is in town.

        I guess the equivelent might be that I don’t want a man in power who wakes up with erections every morning. You know, something that is spontaneous, natural and out of his control. God knows what that madman might be capable of!

    • original kay says:

      YES!

    • Lucinda says:

      I’m not sure that it is sexist. He isn’t saying men can’t or don’t have those qualities. He is saying women do and honestly, those qualities should be revered more than they currently are. Those aren’t the things society tends to look for in leadership but he is saying that those are the things that hold society together. When you compliment one group, it isn’t automatically a slam to another group. Whereas your post actually does slam a particular group while lifting up another group. I have a daughter AND a son and they are both wonderful in their own ways. When I acknowledge good traits in one, I am not dismissing the other. Neither is Lenny.

      • Sara says:

        he clearly says “more”. its also all traditionally “female” traits. be full of the feels, girls, you are sooo good at it. thats what he says. running the world also implies its female exclusive. he never said “we should be equal”, he is only talking about women being inheretly better.

      • Lucinda says:

        He does say women should rule the world which is a strong statement to be sure. And yes, he does say he feels women have better common sense and more strength which aren’t necessarily “feels” as you put it. But he also later says simply there should be more representation of women (which is true). He talks about his personal experience with the women in his life. He doesn’t specifically criticize men. He simply mention the men in his life which could mean they weren’t around. If that’s the case, his restraint is to be commended because he could have pointed out their failings in his life. It’s not like he is saying men are awful. He is just saying the women in his life were amazing and as such, he thinks they are better at certain things. This is his reality and it is kindly said. I don’t see this as inherently sexist as much as a statement of admiration for the women in his life. Since women are clearly not in power and probably won’t be for some time, it is a nice statement. But you can choose to see it as sexist and we can simply disagree. I’m fine with that too. :)

      • original kay says:

        replace “man” every time he says “woman” and you’ll see why his comments are sexist.

        Quotes like his, garnering attention, combined with people putting him on a pedestal because of his looks, is part of the reason why some young women have absolutely no idea what feminism really is and why we fought so hard for equal rights. It’s a disturbing tend, that some young women don’t even know the reasons why suffragettes fought so hard for women.

    • wolfpup says:

      Sexism is often hidden under kindness (Lenny). Sweet, but dishing men is one of the arguments used against feminism.

      Women should be able to hold power, hormonal or not. Seriously, no president goes to war without careful examination by his (her) cabinet, generals etc. When I was hormonal (four children), I recognized it, honored it, but did not break the rules. Come on – we are not bound by our hormones.

      I believe that women will always be more attached to the futures of their children than men; possibly because we watch them come out of our bodies, and they were a part of us, like an arm or leg. That is a bond unlikely to happen in very few circumstances. “The hand that rocks the cradle rocks the world”. That is true. We mold the change in future generations by sharing our hopes and dreams, and respect for our young.

      However, there are many talented and gifted women who are breaking the glass ceiling of access. This will continue because so many of us are aware of the barriers; that were once the habitats of men only. Both voices should be equal, and all should be allowed to participate in these upper echelons. We also need minority voices to govern, so all voices are heard. This is not just a woman’s issue.

      Kicking men to the curb however, hurts our cause, and diverts us from our focus. This actually is about access, and representation of all beings. Power is about money and how it is shared. Women would do well to represent their needs; and minority input would really be nice: everyone deserves to be heard. (Also, It is much more important to vote, than complain).

      • Kitten says:

        I love you comment, wolfpup.

        I think it’s somewhere between what Sara and Original Kay said and what myself and others are saying.
        Thanks for making me see the other side in your usual and articulate way.

  15. Little Darling says:

    According to Beyoncé we already do!

    Who runs the world, girls!!

  16. kri says:

    Siiiiigh. Oh, he is…insanely sexy. That woman is beautiful. One of the posters said he is celibate. Is that true? HOW is that true?!!

    • Sam says:

      There are interviews where he talks about it. He’s a fairly devout Christian in his personal life and says at one point after a breakup he did some soul-searching and decided that dating without sex was better for him. He says that was around 2005, so it’s been almost 10 years that he’s been taunting women with sexiness they can’t have.

  17. Laura taylor says:

    Oh Lenny, I love you !!!!

  18. elipride says:

    I´m sorry, but where i live we have a woman as a president and she is corrupt, a thief, a bully, autoritarian, and a plain idiot. She is destroying the country. I truly believe that women shoud have every oportunity available and should have more representation, but lets be honest, women are also capable of being inept jerks.

    • Sara says:

      guess what will happen when Hilary is elected. she was in favour of every military intervention Obama turned down. Libyia, Syria and so on.

      but as you can see here most people agree that women are inheretly better and a man should only be seen as a sex object. Lenny OH MY GOD

    • Lucinda says:

      Of course they are. Just like some men are wonderful and some are corrupt. But in our country, women aren’t currently given equal opportunities in leadership to be wonderful or corrupt.

      • elipride says:

        Like I said, I agree that women need more opportunities, absolutely. I was just talking about that specific comment that things would be better if women ruled the world, it´s just not true.

  19. maeliz says:

    When you and I are together Lenny, we can take turns. He is the hottest guy in the world, and he always says what he feels.

  20. jlee says:

    When I was 14 I saw Lenny up very close at a music festival in all his dread flinging glory. I went through puberty right there on the spot. I had tingles in places I didn’t know existed.

  21. Mary Jo says:

    Most woman rulers have succeeded in male dominated politics by supressing those traditonally feminine traits he mentions.

    • Sara says:

      interestingly enough the most powerful women were also conservatives who personally fought feminists. that wasnt just a show put on to get male voters, Thatcher for example really hated them. Merkel also never has done anything in that regard and wouldnt identify.

  22. littlestar says:

    Can he be any sexier than he already is? Oh gahd this man.

  23. Nuzzybear says:

    Can we photoshop out the nose thing Shy’m is wearing? She’s so pretty, but that thing is just no.

  24. Veronica says:

    Serious answer: women can be power hungry assholes too and would probably be just as bad given the opportunity

    Unserious answer: f*ck yeah we should. We gave you aholes plenty of time to figure it out, and look where we are. 21st century and NO FLYING CARS. Move the f*ck over and let the professionals handle this

  25. Bread and Circuses says:

    I honestly can’t see how he does it. He should look idiotic in that outfit and he looks great.

    At least from the waist up. From the waist down, I can convince myself that looks idiotic, although the hotness from the waist up does tend to spill downward.

  26. Ginger says:

    He is such a beautiful Man in every way. I totally get why Women love him. I love that he is so multi talented and generous and supports his fellow artists. I adore what he says about Women. He is a genuine charmer and a dreamer. We don’t have too many of those types around so I hope he encourages more artists to be the same. It’s amazing that he’s been so successful and been around the block at 50 but obviously hasn’t lost his idealism. That’s what makes him cool!

  27. Misprounced Name Dropper says:

    Not all women are worse off than all men. For example conventionally attractive middle class white women have it much easier than conventionally unattractive working class men. So it’s a bit rich for women in those privileged positions to be playing the victim card.

    • Kitten says:

      “conventionally attractive middle class white women have it much easier than conventionally unattractive working class men”

      Yes, and attractive middle-class men generally have it easier than conventionally unattractive working class women. Middle-class people in general have it better than working class people and attractive people generally have it better than unattractive people.

      But what does any of that have to do with gender inequality?

      • Misprounced Name Dropper says:

        So why isn’t there more focus on classism rather than sexism? That seems to be the bigger problem. Btw, I said conventionally attractive not attractive.

      • Kitten says:

        Because conventionally attractive working class men still make more than conventionally attractive working class women.

      • Misprounced Name Dropper says:

        Agree. But classism seems to be a bigger problem than sexism and therefore should receive more attention but it doesn’t. Why do you think that is?

    • Veronica says:

      Well, those women were also raised in a culture that taught them their looks were their most valuable resource, which drives them to dedicate more of their income to aesthetic products – which in turn they are charged more for (the “pink tax”) than comparable products that men use. Classism and sexism are two different issues, but they can intersect insofar as economy is often used as a tool of oppression. One does not erase the problems of the other, it just means the way in which those issues unfold and the resources available to them differ.

      Privilege in one area does not erase problems across the board. Barack Obama is a wealthy, powerful man with plenty of agency. He can still be a victim of racism.

    • Jadzia says:

      Yes, won’t somebody think of the poor MEN????

  28. coconut says:

    I’ve read just about everything that’s out there about LK and I have the sense that he may not still be completely celibate…probably, though, he is much more thoughtful about whom he cavorts with than he was previously. A Delta magazine article a few years ago mentioned a Russian model type who was hanging out with at the time. A Bossip piece this summer showed him at a restaurant in Paris with a pretty, youngish woman, and his buddy Denzel and his wife. The mystery woman looked like she could be a GF; she didn’t have the harried look of an assistant, anyway. These photos got absolutely no play elsewhere that I have seen, even though as he said himself in a documentary a while back, all the journos want to know is “where I hang out and who I’m f***ing.” I find it hard to believe that he–so incredibly hot–could maintain a relationship with anyone without some action happening. He has also said that the celibate comments got blown out of proportion/taken out of context/etc.

    I am so envious of the posters above who’ve been in close proximity to him. :-) I think I would be like Paola and completely freeze. If you want to see Lenny being super sensual with his guitar, check this out starting at 1:10. Enjoy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywj_KJM8Go4

  29. qtip says:

    It is all about interpretation. He said women should run the world based on his experiences, essentially giving mad love to the ladies who shaped and molded him. As he continued to elaborate, he began to formulate his thoughts. His true answer is at the end of the quote.

    I’m honestly asking those who thought his quote was sexist: did you take the time to read the entire piece before you decided to pick a quote and get riled about it?

    The devil is in the details.

  30. Bridget says:

    I almost never say this kind of thing, but the comments on this thread are absurd.

    • Veronica says:

      BUT LENNY SAID WOMEN SHOULD RULE THE WORLD. That must mean he’s being completely literal and not at all vaguely hyperbolic!

      Rise up and destroy the patriarchy, ladies! You heard him. Crush men beneath your heel and take their power for yourselves.

  31. Kosmos says:

    This sure set off a firestorm….I think Lenny is just trying to share his observations about women, for the most part, being strong and wise human beings. Of course, there are some women I know of that I would never ever want to rule the world or anything else–it would be very scary. There are also horrible men in the world, and good, thoughtful, intelligent and loving men. I feel that Lenny is just saying that he sees more women as possessing the qualities he admires than he sees in men.

  32. jenn12 says:

    I owned Let Love Rule on tape and he is as sexy then as he is now. He is what effortless cool looks like and what most people can’t attain. Don’t love his fashion sense, but his attitude rocks.