Amber Rose Slut Walk

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Amber Rose’s Slut Walk is less than a month away. The walk will take place October 3 in Los Angeles. Celebrities ranging from Nicki Minaj to Nick Cannon have donated money in support. For every supporter of her slut walk, there are a sea of critics. Many believe that she’s not doing it for the right reasons and that she’s seeking attention. However, it’s a good cause. Women are continuously slut-shamed for actions that men get high fives for. Men like Kanye West think that they have the right to make hurtful comments regarding women and their lives. Kanye, did you really have to 30 showers after your relationship with Amber?

People think that they have the right to comment on women’s bodies especially the bodies of Black women. When it comes to women’s bodies, people need to stay in the peanut gallery. Catcalling and slut shaming are unacceptable rites of passage for women. While in college, I realized that my catcalls were vastly different from my non-Black friends. They would get the “Hey cutie please let me marry you” while my Black friends and I would get knock-off Lil Wayne lyrics screamed at us.

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For my friends and I, our catcalls were different because of our bodies were different. People see our bodies and instead of seeing intelligent women, they see brown sacks of flesh that society has taught not to respect. Don’t believe me, download Tinder or Okcupid and see how many guys message you saying, “I’ve never been with a Black girl before.” Since society has taught people not to respect our bodies, Black women have been conditioned to apologize for our bodies and our behavior. We don’t want to be the angry Black women and the Jezebel so we say sorry.

I just checked the news and found out that the era of apologizing is over. It’s 2015 and it’s not cute silencing yourself or forcing yourself to be something that you’re not because society tells you so. Movements like Amber Rose’s Slut Walk help promote the discussion of sexism, slut shaming, catcalling, and other forms of gender inequality that women have faced for centuries.

If I weren’t a broke student living off of ramen, then I would donate money to the Amber Rose Slut Walk because I believe in the cause. What do you think? Is Amber’s slut walk a step in the right direction or is it a ploy for attention?

 

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