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10.5.2015

Amber Rose's SlutWalk Proves Women Are More Than Just Girlfriends

Six years ago, we only knew Amber Rose as Kanye West’s girlfriend. Fast forward to the present, and she’s at the forefront of the anti-slutshaming movement. By using the vitriol launched at her by her rapper exes — Yeezus himself and the slightly less formidable Wiz Khalifa — and their families as the launching pad to a larger movement of self acceptance and female empowerment.

From her show stealing VMA outfit with Blac Chyna to her Twitter feuds, Rose’s recent notable moments have turned the public perception of her from “rapper’s girlfriend” into “outspoken feminist.” It all came together last Saturday, as Rose organized and participated in her very own Los Angeles SlutWalk.

SlutWalk started in 2011, after a police officer reportedly said, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” In retaliation, the women of Toronto took to the streets in lingerie to prove a point: the respect a women receives shouldn’t be shouldn’t be dependent on her outfit.

Amber Rose’s SlutWalk followed the same format. After promoting the walk with her “Walk Of No Shame” video, hundreds of people — mostly women — came out to support the cause. Over $55,000 was raised on a Go Fund Me for the event. All in all, the event was a huge success. 

As Rose took the stage on Saturday and spoke about being publicly shamed from the age of 14, it felt as though she became the face of a movement. Not only a movement against slut shaming and sexual violence, but also the voice of a group of famous women: those who were once considered one-dimensional sex symbols, but now are so much more.

From her best friend Blac Chyna to her ex’s wife, Kim Kardashian, women who become famous for being around famous men are now being respected in their own right. They’re bussinesswomen, they’re activists. They’re notable not for their partners, but for themselves. And while this is less a change in those individuals and more a change in media coverage, it’s a step in the right direction of making sure women are seen as people.

And isn’t that what we’re all fighting for in the end?

Check out the SlutWalk website to get involved.

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