Amber Rose, an actress and model known for her personal style and steady position on the gossip pages, staged a “SlutWalk” on Saturday that has folks debating the usefulness of the term and what it represents.
“SlutWalks” started in 2011 in response to a flippant remark reportedly made by a police officer after a spate of sexual assaults on the campus of Canada’s York University.
“Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized,” the officer allegedly said.
Women in Toronto, outraged by the comment, took to the streets dressed in lingerie and skimpy clothing, to spread the message that women should not be subject to sexual violence regardless of what they are wearing.
The notion spread, and “SlutWalks” now occur year-round across the globe.
“We recognise that shaming, oppression, assault and violence have disproportionately impacted marginalised groups including women of colour, transgender people and sex workers, and thus we are actively working to centre these groups in this event,” reads a statement on the Amber Rose “SlutWalk” webpage.
Rose, a former stripper who gained fame during her relationships with rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, has lately been speaking out against the concept of “slut shaming,” or slamming a person for their se-xual choices.
Rose appeared at the walk wearing black lingerie and her signature platinum blond buzz cut. She carried a sign that said “Strippers have feelings too” and started a chant that women own their bodies and have freedom of choice.