Slut. It’s hard not to grimace when you hear the word. But model, actress, and women’s rights activist Amber Rose takes the word and turns it into something positive. On October 1, The Amber Rose Foundation, a non-profit organization standing for gender equality, is hosting its third annual SlutWalk. This year, the walk will be on a bigger scale, covering a mile of Los Angeles and including performances by Jenzie, Margie Plus, and Just Brittney and activities like sign making to raise awareness. In addition to the walk, the foundation is commissioning the OPENed Women’s conference on September 30, promoting the educational side of feminism. Prevalent speakers will talk in a collective of panels on Women Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion, Sex Positivity, Digital Activism, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship – all topics pertaining to the modern feminist.
The idea of the SlutWalk started in 2011, when an officer trivialized sexual assault by telling a group of college women not to dress like sluts in order to avoid it, according to the Amber Rose SlutWalk website. Since then it has ignited a feeling of resistance and protest against ” sexual injustice, victim blaming, and derogatory labeling” that has led the way to the movement’s power. As a former stripper and celebrity figure slammed in the media by ex-boyfriend Kanye West, Rose used her experience and influence and started her own SlutWalk in 2015. In an interview with Vibe Vixen about the walk, Rose said “we embrace everyone and love everyone, and we want everyone to know that they’re not alone. We support everyone, and we definitely wanted this to be extremely diverse, for sure.” To read more on the SlutWalk and The Amber Rose Foundation click here.