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Amber Rose Discusses The Origins of the Slut Walk & The Importance of Consent and Respect

Amber Rose, Muva to her growing legions of fans and supporters, is building an empire. The next phase includes her new talk show, the Amber Rose Show, which premiers on July 8th and will air every Friday at 11PM on VH1.

Part of Rose’s success comes from her embrace and support of female empowerment. Speaking candidly about the double standard between sexes has endeared her to many who believe progress and equality is the direction society should strive to attain. Her outlook on sex has brought much needed attention to slut walks: “protest marches calling for an end to rape culture. Specifically, participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman’s appearance.” Rose’s first annual slut walk drew a crowd of over 4,000 women.

“It was amazing,” says Rose, who promoted the event solely through her social media accounts. “Women come to me all the time and they’re like, ‘I’m closer with my mom now because of slut walk. I’m closer with my husband. I brought him to slut walk and he understands me a lot more.’ It’s just really cool.”

 

A photo posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on

 

Rose has certainly brought the slut walk some much needed attention, but the idea was created after a women was sexually assaulted on a Toronto campus in 2011.

“She went to the authorities and then the police officers came to the school and said, ‘You girls can’t be dressing like sluts and expect a guy to not want to touch you.’ And the girl was just like, ‘What the f***?! I can wear whatever I want. That’s not an invitation for you to come and touch me.’ That’s not consent. If I don’t say ‘Yes. Please come and touch me, then don’t f***ing put your hands on me.”

 

 

Following the campus sexual assault, two feminists banded together to create the slut walk. There have been numerous one held across the country, but Rose’s popularity brought the cause some well-deserved attention. Last year’s slut walk included performances from Frenchie Davis, Marsha Ambrosius, Nico and Vinz, DJ Duffey, DJ Carisma, and Duffle Bag Divas. The day was also filled with speaking appearances from noted and respected experts, such as Lori Adelman, Juana Rosa Cavero, and others.

 

Wall of No Shame #amberroseslutwalk 😍😍😍

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For more information on this year’s Slut Walk, visit amberroseslutwalk.com.

 

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