Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

How Amber Rose Is Walking Off Sexual Injustice

How Amber Rose Is Walking Off Sexual Injustice

Amber Rose is uninhibited to say the least. As one of T.V.'s big personalities, she uses sexual confidence as a feminist springboard to show women that they have ownership over sexuality. And it seems to be working, based on Rose's empowering words to her audience on the latest episode of her Friday night VH1 talk show, "The Amber Rose Show."

When an audience member opened up about feeling disparaged when her romantic interest found out she carried condoms, she admitted that she essentially felt cast as a slut.

"No, no, no — don't ever change that," Rose responded passionately. "As women, we always things we have to change ourselves, we have to dumb ourselves down," she continued. "We got to do whatever the f*** we want to do! And if that means you got to be single for awhile, until that one man comes along and says you know what, I appreciate you having condoms, girl, that means you take care of yourself, that you protect yourself."

Rose, who is an anti-slut shaming crusader will stop at nothing to promote these ideas — whether they are small vignettes on her talk show, or large, revolutionary events that she is promoting and organizing.

In this vein, her SlutWalk that premiered in 2015 and raised over $55,000 (CNN) will be sweeping the streets of Los Angeles again this October.

She was inspired to start the march after learning about Toronto's first SlutWalk in 2011, which was ignited after a local police officer's comment about how "women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized." The movement was set out to spread the message that acts of sexual violence should never be blamed on what a woman is wearing.

"This sparked a worldwide campaign that outraged men and women across the country," the Amber Rose SlutWalk homepage explains. "We join the movement on this cause against sexual injustice, victim blaming, derogatory labeling and gender inequality."

Though the 2016 lineup has yet to be posted, 2015's event hosted by musician and LGBT activist, Frenchie Davis, featured other influential men and women like Crystal Renay, Matt McGorry, and Toronto-based comedians Inessa Frantowski and Sarah Hillier. Among the guest speakers were activists Lori Adelman, Juana Cavero, Kim Katrin Milan, and co-founder of Toronto's SlutWalk, Heather Jarvis.

"It's going to be much, much bigger and better," Amber Rose told People of the event's return this fall. In anticipation of the event, the Amber Rose Foundation has launched a CrowdRise campaign that has already raised more than $18,000 for the upcoming walk. 

NEXT: "SLUT: The Play" Sparks Conversation About Sexism and Sexual Violence »

Related Stories:
The Naked Photos of Melania Trump Are Slut-Shaming, Plain and Simple
#ThePowerOfMakeup: Women Are Using Social Media to Speak Out Against "Makeup Shaming"

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Tags: Amber Rose