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Ariana Grande declares in Twitter manifesto: I do not belong to anyone but myself

by Randee Dawn /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Ariana Grande has given her answer to the eternal question posed in "When Harry Met Sally": Yes, men and women definitely can be just friends.

But in an essay she wrote that's being labeled a feminist manifesto, Grande goes on to say so much more. On Sunday, she tweeted the essay (which contains some strong language) and declared, "I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION. I... do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you."

Ariana Grande Performs in Milan, 2015 May 25,
Ariana Grande.Robino Salvatore / Getty Images file

The post went up Sunday after speculation began over her connection to One Direction's Niall Horan. Grande told Britain's tabloid The Sun, "I'm tired of needing to be linked to a guy, I'm not Big Sean's ex, I'm not Niall's new possible girl. I'm Ariana Grande."

Grande, 21, noted in the essay that she's one of a family of feminists, including an aunt who served as the first Italian-American female president of the National Press Club. She also commented on the "double standard" of how relationships between men and women are valued in public.

"I want the people reading this to know that they are MORE THAN enough on their own," she continued. "I'm saying this after literally 8 years of feeling like I constantly had to have a boy by my side. After being on my own now for a few months I am realizing that's just not the case.... I have never felt more present, grounded, and satisfied."

And it looks like her straight-talking pals have got her back:

Grande ended her post with a quote from Gloria Steinem, which Swift echoed in her own tweet: "Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. She will need her sisterhood."

Seems like she's right on track for that.

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