In her latest attempt to promote her 3rd annual SlutWalk event, Amber Rose does what she does best…get people talkin’!!
Ms. Rose recently posted a partially nude pic of her neatly-trimmed vagina with the caption, “#amberroseslutwalk amberroseslutwalk.com.”
For the furry kitty cat supporters, click link below for unedited photo!
Not long after, Amber posts a video and shares that Instagram deleted the pic, but not before her followers snatched it. She posted this video in response to the Instagram snatch.
Her controversial image has been circulating all day, exposed to some feminists who are side-eyeing the socialite/model/author/host and questioning her motive.
Before we get into whether Amber’s feminist movement is misrepresented, let’s get into the history of her Slutwalk movement.
The birth of the Slutwalk happened in Toronto, Canada in 2011 when a police officer suggested to women that we “should avoid dressing like sluts as a precaution against sexual assault”. The first Slutwalk was organized in April of 2011. It gained national coverage, creating mass awareness about rape culture and slut-shaming. The slutwalk became a transnational movement of protest marches calling for an end to rape culture, including victim blaming and slut shaming of sexual assault victims. During these marches, women dress in scantily-clad outfits and carry protest signs with bold statements!
Amber carries on the Slutwalk tradition in California and this year, she will hold her 3rd annual event. On her website, the mission states…
“The Amber Rose SlutWalk aims to impact and uplift while shifting the paradigm of rape culture. The event provides a safe, all-inclusive space to entertain, educate, and empower.”
I think Amber is doing a phenomenal job, but it leads me to the question…
How does pubic hair correlate to feminism?
I asked this very question on Facebook and my very opinionated FB friends had interesting responses. Take a read at some!
There were some valid points made and I get that part of feminism is expressing your sexuality and having confidence in your body. However, some feminists are giving Ms. Rose a hard time, expressing that she is anything but and that her image is just a thirst trap.
I guess that leads to another question…what IS feminism?
I define feminism as female empowerment through equality and enhancement of all things women. A feminist stands up for women’s rights, fights issues against women, and support other women to do what and how they want to do, mind, body, and soul.
We all know Amber is famous for showing her body, so showing her kitty is not a big deal. Then I thought, “the pic doesn’t really scream “Feminist” to me, it just shows that she’s confident in her body.”
Although publicly displaying your vajayjay with hair doesn’t equate to suppressing rape culture and slut-shaming, the image does send the message to love the skin you’re in, despite society’s ideal standard of beauty.
That includes not or not to shave down there. Something we’ve debated for years.
The more I thought about Amber’s pic, the more I believed that is what a “feminist” would do.
Despite Amber’s mixed message, I support her crazy ass ways of making women AND MEN aware that beauty is only skin deep!
What are your thoughts?