Welcome to Women’s History Month, that time of year when we are both commemorative of the achievements of women, and mindful of the mistreatment women continue to endure every single day.
As women, we tend to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to mistreating each other.
Ladies, why do we slut-shame each other? Why do we allow the hand-me-down notion that sexuality is something to be ashamed of to be used against us? Why do we turn this sharp sword in on our fellow sisters in the struggle?
By now you have heard about the twitter altercation between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose. If you missed it, here is the Cliff’s Notes version:
Amber Rose gave an interview to Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club on Feb. 13 during which she criticized 25-year-old rapper Tyga for his alleged relationship with 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. During the same interview, Rose also revealed that she started stripping at the age of 15 in order to help support her family.
Khloe got wind of the interview and took to Twitter to defending her sister’s honor. She sent out a tweet comparing her sister to 15-year-old Amber, and said that the youngest Kardashian has her life together at 17.
First of all, Kylie hasn’t done anything in her 17 years to have it together except be born into the right family. Let’s not mistake a silver spoon for any type of real work or struggle.
Secondly, bringing up the stripper past of someone in an attempt to put them in their place is the worst type of behavior, and it runs into the “Mean Girls“ category when we do it to each other.
A moment of humility would have reminded Khloe that her entire family’s infamy is based on two of the most heinous crimes in history: the Nicole Brown Simpson murder and the Ray J sex tape.
An ability to muddle through her own vacuity would have made Khloe realize that Rose wasn’t dissing her sister; she was dissing Tyga.
Khloe was careful to stay away from the topic of the alleged relationship, and who could blame her? Opening that Pandora’s box would lead to the type of scrutiny her family doesn’t get paid to undergo.
Instead of handling it like a human being, Khloe sank to snake level, and slithered her way (by means of subtweeting no less) into Amber’s Twitter mentions.
Khloe should understand the sting of slut-shaming, because the Ray J sex tape is something that people will not let her sister Kim live down; it comes up regularly when it’s time to crack jokes at Kim’s expense.
This is what we do to each other, ladies. We attack like rabid dogs, tearing each other down over things of a private nature in order to appear to be the morally attractive choice.
The truth is the number of sex partners you have doesn’t matter to anyone other than you and any potential sexual partners.
Being a stripper does not dehumanize you. Wearing revealing clothing is not an automatic societal condemnation.
Don’t believe the hype.
We are women; we are strong, and we give birth to the world.
Your mother had to get sexual at least once; that’s how you got here.
Is she less of a woman for that act? Or is it one of the greatest things she did in her life?
For the rest of Women’s History Month, let’s make a pact to put away our inner mean girls.
Let’s devote our energy to lifting our fellow women up.
And please, no more slut-shaming.
This originally appeared on the El Camino Union website.