She’s a slut

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Now, at first glance, when I read the words “Slut Walk” I had a WHOLE problem with it. I thought,

“What in the world is the world coming to?! Girls dressed in lingerie, underwear, revealing or with no clothing at all are doing a walk to support being a slut? Who DOES that?! Oh lord AND they are being led by Amber Rose? Well that makes sense.”

However, as I continued reading, my judgmental tone began to lessen, and I saw the real purpose of the walk. As I began to research the cause, I began to understand exactly where they were coming from. Let me explain.

See the cause behind the “Slut Walk” is a global stand against sexual violence, a cause that I TOTALLY stand against. While I have, thankfully not had any experience with rape, and pray that I continue to be immune, I do know of a couple people who have been a victim. No woman should ever fall victim to such abuse, I don’t care what you are wearing, or what you say, “No” means NO!  Per CNN, the origin of the cause all began in 2011 when an officer in Toronto, Canada reportedly said “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” He was speaking to students at the city’s York University about community safety following a wave of sexual assaults on the campus. In April that year thousands of women, many deliberately dressed in miniskirts and lingerie, took part in the first “SlutWalk” protest.

Now, in present day, the cause has made its way to the US, (And probably not for the first time), but this time it’s being led by a former stripper turned actress, model and let’s face it video vixen. When we see Amber, we rarely see her with her clothes on. She’s always twerking in an Instagram video, wearing string and calling it a bikini, or something so tight it might as well be skin, or showing up to an awards show in basically nothing and finally doing photo shoots in a little clothing as possible. In addition there is always some article online about her fighting with this celeb or that one, making rude or crass comments and attacking them verbally in any way that she can. I’m sure you’ve heard of her and her BFF Black Chyna having an Instagram/twitter war with the Kardashians. In short, she’s very hard to take seriously. You almost want to be ready to come against anything she has to say, but in this case I had to acknowledge the cause and say “Good Job Amber.” Even though I don’t agree with her actions or the things she wears in most cases. Though her actions may not be the classiest, she should never be looked at as someone to belittle or to disrespect. Her actions are her choice but not an invitation for sex. She like every other female has a choice to consent or deny, but never should be sexually abused or taken advantage of. On that, I stand behind her 100%.

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That had me thinking…”Why it is that if a woman is dressed scantily clad, or in barely any clothes do some men think “Oh she wants sex. She wants it, I want it so I’m going to take it from her.” While being dressed that way can sometimes send out the wrong message, I certainly do NOT believe a woman should be attacked, under any circumstances. Rape is never okay. I’m sure that I’m no alone in saying that it’s got to be my greatest fear. I feel like I can conquer anything I can put my mind to. But to be violated like that, in a situation where I can’t control the actions of someone else, or the fact that something is happening to me that I can’t fight off? It frightens me to my very core. And there are women who deal with that reality every. Single. Day. It’s tremendously unfair and beyond unjust. It must stop!

It’s really nice to see women coming together and standing up for themselves. When I initially saw the term “Slut Walk” I was judgmental about it, as I’m sure you all were when you saw the term “Slut”. And now I’m apologetic about that thought. I’m sure that’s the kind of knee jerk thinking that these women are trying to change. I commend these women on being brave and walking for such a cause. Keep on fighting ladies!

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