Amber Rose is not the kind to sit idly by in the face of some ill-delivered shade.
Earlier this week, the model, actress and author refused to be caught in the middle of a silly Twitter feud between her exes Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, snapping back with a few, ahem, personal bedroom details of her own after West tried to publicly shame her over her stripper past.
Overnight, she had more to say on the sexist abuse she’s copped since becoming famous, penning an essay for Time magazine where she slammed the misogynist double standards that shame women for being sexual.
“After my ex-husband Wiz Khalifa and I got a divorce, I’d go out for a date at a restaurant like any normal single human and people would say, ‘Man, she’s such a ho. She’s out at restaurants with guys.’ Then they would see my ex-husband with a bunch of women. They would say, ‘He’s the man! That’s so cool.’ So when I went on a date, I’m a whore, and when he’s piling girls in a car, he’s the man? There’s something wrong here,” she writes in the essay.
Rose, who’s become awesomely vocal in speaking out against sexism and gender inequality in recent years and organised a SlutWalk last October to protest the way women are vilified and victimised for embracing their sexuality, says she’s since learned how empowering it is to not care about what anyone thinks.
“People would actually say things like, ‘Who would ever love you? You were a stripper. Why are you in relationships?’ And I used to feel like I had to explain that maybe it was because I’m a good person,” she said, adding that she’s since hit upon some hard-won truths.
“It’s about loving who you are, owning who you are and knowing that it’s okay to live your life how you want to live it… I want to help women just be happy in their own skin,” she writes.
“There may have been a time where you looked back and said, ‘I probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Does that make you a ho? No, it makes you a human.”