Amber Rose Doesn't Get Why She's Slut-Shamed for Owning Her Sexuality and Beyoncé Isn't

Amber Rose Doesn't Get Why She's Slut-Shamed for Owning Her Sexuality and Beyoncé Isn't
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If you ever find yourself in need of a quick sentence or two to detoxify yourself from society's longstanding inclination toward the slut-shaming of women, maybe give Amber Rose a call. In the past year, the model/actress/author/activist has articulated her thoughts on the matter time and time (and time and time and time and time) again. And yet people (hi, Kanye) just won't stop slut-shaming her anyway!

Today, Rose added to her arsenal of anti-slut-shaming soundbites in a new interview with the Daily Beast. Rose shone a light on the double standard between how society views pop stars like Beyoncé, who are allowed to go onstage and own their sexuality without judgment, and how it views women like herself and Kim Kardashian West:

It's bullshit, and this is the thing: They come at me and Kim so hard because I was a stripper and she had a sex tape ... We all love Beyoncé, but she's on stage half-naked and twerking all the time, yet people say, oh, she has talent so she's able to do that.

We don't have the talent that Beyoncé has, so we get criticized as former sex workers, but at the end of the day we're just women — we're all women — and we should all embrace each other. No one is greater. We're all the same. So, to criticize us as incapable of being smart businesswomen because Kim has a reality show and I'm a socialite and we don't sing is stupid. We've both been in movies, and we take our acting, business ventures, and everything else very seriously.

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Rose went on to point out that men like Channing Tatum, who has frequently publicly discussed his past as an exotic dancer, is not subject to nearly the same amount of slut-shaming as she is:

No one gives a fuck that Channing Tatum was a stripper. He's an established actor who's at the Vanity Fair parties and the Oscars, but for me, no matter how far I go in my life, I see these stories that keep referring to me as a "former stripper." No one says "former stripper" about Channing Tatum, or "former McDonald's worker" about Brad Pitt. No one does that to men. 

It's worth mentioning that people call Beyoncé a slut on social media all the time, as even the queen herself is not totally safe from the misogynistic crosshairs of a Twitter egg avi. But Rose's point that society, as a whole, is more willing to embrace overt displays of sexuality from a pop superstar than it is from a former stripper is obviously indisputable. Has anyone ever broken up with Beyoncé and then said they "had to take 30 showers" to cleanse themselves of her dirty slut germs? Probably not. 

Despite Rose's many successes as a businesswoman, author, model, actress and anti-slut-shaming soundbite dispensary, the stripper stigma struggle continues. But at least she's not afraid to call it out.

h/t the Daily Beast

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Nicolas DiDomizio

Nicolas DiDomizio is a Staff Connections Writer at Mic. Prior to Mic, he was at MTV for 3 years. He holds a masters from NYU and a bachelors from Western Connecticut State University. Contact him at nic@mic.com.

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