Amber Rose has become a figure of empowerment and social justice awareness for women around the world. Over the past few years, she has made it very clear that she is a dedicated supporter for the acceptance and inclusion of all people, and is dedicated to brining women’s sexual issues to the forefront. 

Hundreds of supporters showed up to express their passion for the movement.

Hundreds of supporters showed up to express their passion for the movement.

This weekend, Rose brought attention to the transnational movement called The Slut Walk. The Slut Walk movement aims to elevate the notion that women who choose to be sexual (in dress, lifestyle, etc.), should not be shamed or trolled; they deserve the same respect as their male counterparts. What has brought this to light recently, is the rampant “slut-shaming” that is widespread across Western culture. When you think about it, there are several layers to this onion. From the rejection of the notion that women who dress “sexy” somehow are “asking for it.” To condemning sexual assaults that are rampant across much of the world (India, Africa, etc.). These issues are important to us all and deserve attention. Hundreds of demonstrators, along with several celebrities such as Matthew McGorry, Michelle Trachtenberg, Quincy and Nick Simmons, came out in support; fighting against sexism, racism, sexual abuse, bullying, rape and violence against women, at the first ever Amber Rose Slut Walk.

Rose wore lingerie and looked fabulous at her well executed event.

Rose wore lingerie and looked fabulous at her well executed event.

Shout out to Benji!

Shout out to Benji!

Hundreds of supporters showed up in Downtown Los Angeles, to support the movement.

Hundreds of supporters showed up in Downtown Los Angeles, to support the movement.

KingstontoLA’s @kalilovem with Matthew McGorry

KingstontoLA’s @kalilovem with Matthew McGorry

So let’s take a second to clarify. What do all these women’s issues have to do with sluts? The slut walk is about people examining their conditioning of seeing sexuality as a defined norm; if you’re outside this norm, then you are shunned, shamed. For example, a woman who chooses to have multiple sexual partners, has been traditionally deemed by society as a slut. Not so. Let’s be clear, addressing slut shaming allows us a space to examine all of the injustices that plague women and their sexuality, globally. The slut walk is about crushing misogyny and all of it’s oppressive norms. The theme is social justice. It’s not just a bunch of women looking to get laid and rewarded for bad behavior. If this is your perspective on the movement, you have sadly missed the point, and the opportunity to be a champion for women’s rights.

Raise your voices – Heather Jarvis on the left is the co-founder of the Toronto Slut Walk movement.

Raise your voices – Heather Jarvis on the left is the co-founder of the Toronto Slut Walk movement.

In a recent press conference dedicated to the Amber Rose Slut Walk, Rose made it clear “I am not a role model for young girls, I don’t want to be a role model for young girls, they need to talk to their parents,” Rose said. The starlet, who is a mother to her young son, Sebastian, simply aims to create awareness about the many issues that face women and their sexuality. Again, Rose would like to use her celebrity status to make others aware of not just the movement, but the human rights issues that many global citizens face daily in regards to their sexuality.

At the event on Saturday, October 3rd, it became clear that Rose’s cause was well received. The theme of social justice was on full display and it was not just women who heard the call for change.  Matthew McGorry (a self-declared feminist) of Orange is The New Black fame, spoke out against those who stay silent and indifferent to the cause: “We need the people who are historically the oppressors to speak out,” McGorry said. Heather Jarvis, who is the co-founder and organizer of the Toronto movement, said it best, “change happens when we come together; we can actually make a difference and keep each other safe, so let’s just fucking do it.” Indeed.

Rose and co. raised money for the event themselves and were rewarded with a flawless production. There were several live performances, including a personal testimony on being abused by porn star Bonnie Rotten. There were performances from singers such as Frenchie Davis, Marsha Ambrosius and more. The crowd was also treated to a live set from popular Los Angeles based DJ, DJ Charisma. Unfortunately Rose’s bestie Blac Chyna missed the event due to her work schedule.

Socialite, DJ and actor Qunicy came out in full support of his friend Amber Rose.

Socialite, DJ and actor Qunicy came out in full support of his friend Amber Rose.

Rose onstage with a pregant Bonnie Rotten

Rose onstage with a pregant Bonnie Rotten

When asked what the word slut means to her, Rose said: “It doesn’t really mean anything to me, it’s just a word that people use to down mostly women for their sexuality.” Rose said she wouldn’t mind seeing a transition, for the word to be reclaimed positively. Indeed, slut is a powerful word, which is why it is used to gain attention to the real purpose behind the movement. We are coming together to put an end to bullying, sexual assault and violence.

Check out Amber’s gracious thank you to all her supporters at the event:

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