Pharrell Williams respects “the pertinence of women on this planet”.
The star is preparing to release his second studio album G I R L.
And although Pharrell was criticised for producing Robin Thicke’s 2013 single Blurred Lines, a song heralded as sexist by many, the Grammy-winner asserts he holds females in high regard.
“Most things one day will lose their value. But women never do. They are unique and individual,” he told British newspaper The Sun.
“I love women and often admire their eyes, lips and other features of their bodies in a sometimes suggestive way.
“But I respect and hold what would be called ‘a feminist view’ too. I want to spread the message of the pertinence of women on this planet. It calls for the equivocation of women in society.”
Pharrell goes on to state he believes many cultures are wholly inequitable, in terms of gender balance.
The star doesn’t think it is fair men often receive higher remuneration than women for the same job.
“Women don’t get paid as much as men do and we have a perception of a male-dominated world,” he explained.
“There may be some domineering chauvinistic forces. But men just would not be here without women. I needed to say that on the album.”
Pharrell is father to five-year-old son Rocket Man with his fashion designer wife Helen Lasichanh.
He admits his approach to music has changed dramatically since becoming a husband and father.
“I’m a 40-year-old father now and my life has changed,” Pharrell said.
“That’s why I can talk about making this record all day long, as it was such an inspiring experience. Every song was a huge inspiration.
“All my message is hidden in the groove and that will get the attention.”
G I R L is slated for official release on March 3.