Here’s what the 46-year-old entertainer told the mag, which is on newsstands October 15:
On toxic masculinity: “How f–king insecure must you be, as a human being, that because you are uncomfortable with doing something, somebody else shouldn’t be able to do it? I don’t accept that. That’s unacceptable to me.”
On his own awakening: “Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place. ‘Blurred Lines’ opened me up. I didn’t get it at first… lyrically, I was like, What are you talking about?… And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn’t matter that that’s not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women…I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realized that. Didn’t realize that some of my songs catered to that.”
On wearing gender-fluid fashion: “Well, I’m ashamed to say it was an aesthetic choice first. I liked something, and I put it on. Then the philosophy came behind it. And I do have my lines…But things that are made for women that I feel will look good on me—that I like—I will wear.”
For more from Pharrell, visit GQ.com.