This week, Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast will feature a revealing and lively conversation with actress and author Gabrielle Union. During the podcast’s first live-audience taping on Monday, the Being Mary Jane starlets loose on everything—including her new book, We’re Going to Need More Wine; the Harvey Weinstein scandal; championing sexual freedom for women and more. *The full interview airs on Essence’s Yes, Girl! podcast tomorrow. For more, visit Below are a few more of Gabrielle’s quotes during the interview:

  • On Tweeting About the Unfair Judgment Against Women in the Weinstein Scandal:

o   “When the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, you’re reading over and over all of the judgment about the women.  I felt the need to offer some context of how our industry works. In Hollywood, meetings in hotel lobbies, restaurants, suites—totally common. Meetings at people’s homes by yourself—totally common. Meetings at isolated office space in random parts of town, totally common. You can get raped anywhere, at any time, any type of person, male or female, shape, size, religion. It doesn’t matter what you have on, what you look like, where you go. This idea that these women should have somehow known, and they could have saved themselves had they just been the ‘right’ type of women who makes the ‘right’ types of decisions…I had to call bull—-”

  • On Women Being Shamed for Expressing Their Sexuality:

o   “You realize how many people are so invested in what goes in or out of your v—-a that don’t know you, don’t care about you—whether you’re in the spotlight or in your hometown. People feel so entitled to what is happening in your v—-a or not…I just got fed up…”

o   “Our commitment to labeling women who explore their sexuality in a happy, healthy way is so thorough. It’s jarring and scary…it makes you want to close into yourself and not share the joy that is sex…”

o   “We completely police ourselves, young women and older women. We also have this idea that once you hit 50—[then] ‘v—– closed.’ Which is total bull——…”

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Essence’s Yes, Girl! is hosted by Essence senior editors Cori Murray, Charli Penn and Yolanda Sangweni. Since its launch last March, the podcast has received buzz from thought leaders and influencers, including NPR’s Lauren Ober and more. Previous guests have included celebrities and tastemakers such as: Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Tyra Banks, Tamar Braxton, Uzo Aduba, Niecy Nash, Tiffany Haddish, Sanaa Lathan, Bozama Saint John, Courtney Kemp and more. The guest roster also includes an impressive list of men, such as Charlamagne Tha God, Marlon Wayans and Bill Bellamy. The weekly series is in partnership with Cadence13 (formerly DGital Media), the innovative creator of high quality, on-demand audio entertainment.

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