Ariana began the note by saying that a fan of her boyfriend, Mac Miller, approached the couple as they were out picking up food Tuesday. "He was loud and excited and by the time M was seated in the drivers seat he was literally almost in the car with us. I thought all of this was cute and exciting until he said 'ariana is sexy as hell man i see you, i see you hitting that!!!'" she wrote. "Hitting that? the f***? This may not seem like a big deal to some of you but I felt sick and objectified."
This encounter seems to have had a profound effect on the pop star. "I've felt really quiet and hurt since that moment. Things like [that] happen all the time and are the kinds of moments that contribute to women's sense of fear and inadequacy," she said in the post. "I am not a piece of meat that a man gets to utilize for his pleasure. I'm an adult human being in a relationship with a man who treats me with love and respect."
Ariana felt like she had to speak out against instances like these, because they are all too familiar to women everywhere — and that needs to change. "It hurts my heart that so many young people are so comfortable enough using these phrases and objectifying women with such ease. I felt like speaking out about this one experience tonight because I know very well that most women know the sensation of being spoken about in an uncomfortable way publicly or taken advantage of publicly by a man," she said. "We need to talk about these moments openly because they are harmful and they live on inside of us as shame. We need to share and be vocal when something makes us feel uncomfortable because if we don't, it will just continue. We are not objects or prizes. We are QUEENS."
Ariana followed up her note with some tweets explaining that the way she dresses and performs has nothing to do with how she — and her fellow females — should be treated.
This isn't the first time Ariana has taken a feminist stance on Twitter. She grabbed headlines in June 2015 for another lengthy post in which she spoke about double standards for women, independence, and slut shaming.
She also opened up about feminism earlier this year in her Billboard cover story, commenting on how the press treats male and female celebrities differently.