By Kelsey Duchesne
Although it’s been several (long) weeks since our ears were forced to listen to Donald Trump say he was going to “grab her by the pussy”, it’s aggression still lingers, slipping into our minds, uninvited. Activist and feminist Amber Rose is still processing the violent phrase, and spoke to Yahoo Style about her personal experience with physical assault.
“I want [Donald Trump] to get in trouble for it because I cannot even count how many times a famous guy touched me inappropriately,” Rose said to Yahoo’s Joe Zee.
Rose isn’t the first celebrity to open up about the verbal and physical harassment that happens in Hollywood. In Lena Dunham’s book Not That Kind Of Girl, she opens up about older, powerful men in Hollywood that she and her business partner Jenni Konner call Sunshine Stealers. “They're looking for some new form of energy, of approval. It's linked with sex, but it's not the same,” writes Dunham. “What they want to take from you is way worse than your thong in the back of their Lexus.”
Rose speaks more on the physical assault, and what it’s like for women who do not have a public vice or recognition. “Seriously. Imagine this: Donald Trump comes and touches me inappropriately, right? I’m a regular ass girl. Do I call 911? Do I get on Twitter and tweet about it?”, she says to Zee. “ How should I go about letting people know that this guy did it to me and who’s actually going to believe me, you know what I’m saying? You just try to get over it, and it happens to so many women.”
Famous or not famous, physical or mental, women are subjected to abuse from men in power, and are afraid to speak up because of victim blaming, potentially hurting their career, or facing slurs like whore or slut. Rose hopes to universally reclaim the latter, a slur that was once used against her, but now has a personal positive connotation. “People not understanding that women are sexual beings as well is the reason why I refer to myself as a slut,” she said. “It really just takes away the pain, takes away the bullying that we deal with as women.”
Rose calls her annual feminist and sex education event Amber Rose’s Slut Walk, and even wore a bodysuit covered in names she's been called at the 2015 VMAs with friend Blac Chyna.
In a country where an American is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, it’s important that celebrities like Rose speak up about assault and the gravity of this “locker room talk” (blech).
You can watch Amber's Full interview below: