In a recent appearance on It's Not You, It's Men, feminist crusader Amber Rose made a vital point about consent: No matter how far a sexual encounter gets, even if she's naked in bed with a partner and he's wearing protection, it's well within her right to still say, "'You know what, no, I don't want to do this, I changed my mind,' that means no."
Though perhaps evident to some, that point isn't always understood — and more importantly, highly visible celebrities in Rose's echelon don't always address such issues publicly.
But for Rose, it adds to a long string of discourse on gender inequality. And her comments on consent resonated with audiences who've come to expect this type of advocacy from the star. In recent months, Rose has become a spokeswoman for gender equality.
Rose has come out swinging against slut-shaming, she's unabashedly owned her sexuality, and she's struck back against the critics who've attempted to muddy her name, calling out any number of gender stereotypes along the way. Here are just a few of the crucial causes Rose has rallied for as of late, lest we forget the basic rights that should be afforded all genders, or ignore the gender biases that still persist in modern day society.
She started a foundation centered on female empowerment.
"The Amber Rose Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that aims to promote discussion about women's rights and equality issues," reads a statement from the Amber Rose Foundation. "The foundation is specifically geared towards women empowerment and fighting against victim blaming."
She called herself a feminist monster, and owned it.
In a June 8 interview with Cosmopolitan, Amber touched on her sexuality, her past as a stripper and how social channels helped her grow into a gender equality advocate. "I was always about girl power, but I didn't quite get it because I did always feel like I had to be completely submissive to a man," Rose told Cosmopolitan. "I was always very unhappy doing that."
"I think I needed time to grow up. You get to a certain point in your life where you really find out who you are, and sometimes that happens when you're 25, but for me, it was 31. I didn't quite know that before. I guess social media did help create the feminist monster that I've become."
She flipped the script on the walk of shame
What do you say to a woman who willingly just got laid? "Congratulations."
She reminded us that sexuality doesn't end where motherhood begins
Rose has a baby boy with famed rapper Wiz Khalifa, and she'd like to remind the world that motherhood is not the death rattle for sexuality. "Now that you're here, we're gonna really talk about slut-shaming," Rose said in an October interview with GQ. "I really want you guys to sit down and think about the act that your mother had to do with your father in order to have you. Really, fully understand that your mother is a sexual being. Is she a ho?"