The Significance of Amber Rose’s Slut Walk

Earlier this week, Amber Rose held her very own Slut Walk. If you aren’t familiar with Amber Rose, just know that this woman is very dynamic. In fact, she’s a great example of how women can be multi-faceted. She’s a former sex worker. She’s a former video vixen and model. She’s a fashion maven. She was a wife. She’s a loving mother. She owns her own fashion line. She’s an author. She is so many things and I admire her for every aspect.

Amber Rose, however, has also been a victim of slut-shaming. She’s been slut shamed since day one in popular, mainstream culture. Along with her being a former stripper, she remains to be unapologetic when it comes to openly expressing her sexuality and showing off her (snatched, might I add) body which are the biggest reasons why people feel the need to call her every kinds of slut and hoe.

So when Amber Rose said she would be doing her own slut walk, I found it extremely fitting. A slut walk, if you are not familiar, is a protest against rape culture and the promotion of women’s sexual agency. Amber Rose, a woman who is constantly demeaned for her owning her sexuality doing a slut walk? That is completely fitting and anyone who would argue that is probably ill-informed on what a slut walk is and what it’s purpose is.

What trips me out about people is that, though they know nothing about a topic, they still feel the need to add their two cents. I saw so many tweets on Twitter saying that the slut walk was a good idea but someone more “respectable” than Amber Rose should’ve led him. I wish you could’ve heard how loud I laughed at those tweets. People wanted to shove respectability politics into a movement that completely defies respectability politics which shows they knew nothing about slut walks. If anyone in mainstream celebrity culture was to lead a slut walk, Amber Rose fits the criteria perfectly.

So let’s get to the nitty gritty. Why is Amber Rose’s slut walk, in particular, so significant?

Well, for one, like I’ve stated previously, she is a woman who has been constantly slut shamed. A woman who has been constantly belittled for owning her body and sexuality.

It’s also important to note that she is a celebrity–a celebrity who isn’t afraid to voice her thoughts and speak out against injustices regarding women. She has this platform that allows her to be heard all across the globe and she’s taken full advantage of it in the best way possible.

What I also loved about her slut walk was the fact that it pissed so many misogynists off. She had all these fuck boys all up in arms. It brought out the worst of them. When you’re pissing off misogynists, you’re doing something right. They can’t stand to see a woman take control and ownership of her own body.

More than anything, it’s also important to note that this was a non-profit protest. She did not make money from this so all these accusations of her “exploiting” feminism for capitalistic gains can be put to rest. It’s unfortunate, but whenever a feminist of color asserts her sexual agency, not only is she questioned by the greater society, she is questioned and belittled by non-intersectional white feminists.

Last but not least, what I also loved about Amber Rose’s Slut Walk was how raw it was. It did not sugar coat anything. Everything was straightforward: “My pussy. My choice.” “Strippers have feelings too.” “Hoes can say no.” “Control yourselves. Not women.” Just yes. Yes to this all.

These sayings make people uncomfortable? Good. If it doesn’t make you uncomfortable then it didn’t make an impact, in my opinion. “My pussy. My choice,” simply means that this is my body and I will do what I want with it. You can not police this pussy. “Strippers have feelings too.” People often forget that strippers are humans–that sex workers in general are humans and are capable of being dynamic and having humanly feelings. Amazing how people will shame and pay sex workers in the same breath. “Hoes can say no.” Just because a woman is sexual active, does not mean that consent is guaranteed every time. A woman can say “no” regardless of her sexual history. “Control yourselves. Not women.” Men are not dogs. They are not animals that prey on women. Men are capable of self control. Women should not have to cover themselves up because men seem to think they don’t know how to suppress their sexual desires.

All in all, I am all here for Amber Rose and her slut walk. I’m all here for her sexual agency along with her feminism. The female body can be used as a commodity by men but don’t you dare, as a woman, own your body yourself and use it to speak out against social injustices. *Sarcasm*.

I hope Amber Rose continues to use her voice and I’m excited to see how her feminism will grow.

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