Amber Rose’s Amber Rose Foundation held its first ever SlutWalk in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, October 3. Its goal was to bring awareness to the “outrage toward issues of sexual violence, gender inequality, derogatory labeling and victim blaming” women experience daily around the world.
Rose was inspired to organize the event after some very uncalled for public shaming from Kanye West. Back in February, while talking about his relationship with Kim Kardashian on Power 105.1′s radio show The Breakfast Club, West said, “It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that was with Amber Rose...I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.” (Rose’s mother carried a poster inspired by the remarks that read “Fuck Yo 30 Showers!”)
Now, SlutWalks aren’t a new thing. They’re a worldwide movement of protests that originated in Toronto in 2011 and strive to bring awareness, and put an end to explaining and excusing rape, based on any aspect of a woman’s appearance. During these walks, some women choose to dress in what society considers “slutty,” while others wear more conservative outfits—and that’s the point. Women should be able to wear whatever they want without automatically receiving judgement from society. Rose recently flipped the script on the walk of shame in a near-perfect Funny or Die video called Walk Of No Shame.
Rose’s Walk further builds on this movement by aiming to stop the shaming that women experience based on their life choices—be it career, wardrobe, or sexual activity—because despite whether or not you would live in the same way, it shouldn’t change how a woman is treated compared to other women, or how deserving she is of being loved.
It seems that a lot of people agree. The foundation launched a GoFundMe page to coincide with the Walk, and as of Sunday afternoon, has raised $55,809 of its $65, 000 goal.
(via E! Online)