In just a few short months, Amber Rose’s SlutWalk will be beaming down your social media time line. Rose, a woman of questionable but pensive words prepares to shed light on what it means to be a free spirited gal. A beautiful South African temptress who grew to fame while dating one of the most musically gifted and clairvoyant rap musicians shares how she flipped slut shaming into a household phenomenon. Does it pay to be a hoe in this society? Have you seen the countless social media praise of living a life of care free sexuality? Is this the new feminist movement?
I beg to differ, but Amber Rose is a cut from a different cloth and exudes an aura of alluring confidence. Rose is a mom, talk show host, feminist and author who took a stand for the slut shaming that has targeted many women, including herself at the hands of vulgar and insensitive men. However, not everyone is buying into the slut walk phenomenon and embracing the level of women empowerment. The Slut Walk sensation was initiated in Canada after an officer grossly stated, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."
At that moment, various walks were launched in support of women everywhere in the fight against sexism. By October 2015, Amber launched her own Slut Walk in retaliation to the utter shame labeled on women for their innate sexuality.
So is there a message to be learned on sensual prowess? Can you fight for a women’s right to express herself sexually without shame but still claim “hoe is life” without any repercussions? Peep one of Amber;s most recent posts, “When ur on a hike but you have to stop and take a hoe ass picture cuz hoe is life.” So what does it mean to be sexually flamboyant? It means to assert yourself as the ideal sexual feminist without apologies or ramifications.
In the meantime, why do sexually flamboyant women gain bad reputations? It’s always been said that you attract what you represent. Amber Rose has dated countless high profile men, most notably rap artists Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa. In her 2016 SlutWalk in Los Angeles she shared how her previous relationships with both man damaged her emotionally and left her reeling in hurt.
“I’ve decided to have this Slut Walk for women who have been through (expletive)," said Rose, according to VH1. "Even though I am up here crying I want to be the strong person you all look up to and do apologize for all guys.” “I want to forgive Kanye for what he said about me. I want to let all of that negativity go.”
Regarding Wiz Khalifa she explained feeling betrayed by his insensitive lyrics and his follow up apology.
"As you can imagine, him being the love of my life, regardless of us going through a separation or not it was extremely hurtful,” she said. "I also forgive Wiz for what he said. Wiz actually apologized to me already, so I have forgiven him.”
What message is Amber Rose sending? The debate still roars on whether presenting a mixed message lends to society’s erroneous and hostile reaction to sexuality vs. rape. When did women taking pride in embracing unflattering and demeaning physical conduct? Just my opinion but how can a fixture physical embodiment evoke mixed signals of empowered feminism and then facilitate the dictionary on hoeism. A little hypocritical no? And if not so, maybe this is the route feminists like Amber Rose are pushing for.
The 3rd Annual Amber Rose SlutWalk plans to strut your way on October 1, 2017 at DTLA Perishing Square. Here’s to hoping women in attendance factor in positive sexual mentor-ship for impressionable young women since maybe Hoe isn’t life!