Yoko Ono says people should 'relax' about gender disparity and 'see where things go'

The wisest woman on Twitter dispels some important advice

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Anyone who has followed Yoko Ono on Twitter will know the woman is filled with words of wisdom (sample: “Carry a bag of peas. Leave a pea wherever you go”. Inspiring!). 

And the musician, artist and Beatles lynchpin has been talking about her legacy in the run up to what would be John Lennon’s 75th birthday.

But despite paving the way for equality, diversity and women’s rights - Ono famously challenged the Museum of Modern Art’s lack of women artists in her first unofficial show there, in 1971 - she says she isn’t sure things have got much better for gender disparity.

“I don’t know,” she said. “It depends on how you look at it. Unless you have exactly half-half with men and women, you might not think that the women have enough.

“Instead of thinking about it like that and getting angrier and angrier, I think we should just relax and see where it goes.”

Ono also reflected on her 1973 song ‘Woman Power’ which explored issues relating to female and male gender norms. At the time, Ono said the lyrics telling men to learn how to cook and knit were considered “very confrontational” but men have come along in leaps and bounds.

“Everything that I said [in the song] happened already,” she admitted. “So we don’t have to try to teach you anything.

"It’s a very different time.”