Empowerment Amber? I'm not buying it.
Amber Rose got naked, again, in the name of feminism and empowerment, of course and the internet went wild, as it does. Posing in nothing but a bikini top, laying over a fur coat placed on a staircase, Amber is oiled up, photo shopped out and enhanced to the gawdsss honey! But because her ‘bush’ is perfectly trimmed and on show she has managed to convince masses of people that this photo is all in the name of change and progression. Oh bite me.
I didn’t say much about it on my social media, just a couple of tweets, but of course someone had to come to her defence “that’s her version of empowerment and she is entitled to that’. Lol. K. Me too, where is my own entitlement? In the case of Amber Rose’s vagine has my entitlement to an opinion been revoked? Because the last time I checked how much of my entitlement I reserved for opinions it appeared to be unlimited. So just as she is entitled to post her p*ssy online, I am entitled to think it’s bullshit.
Here is a very brief reality check, for whomever is reading this and believes Amber is making some kind of sacrifice for the sake of boosting their self-esteem or providing a source of empowerment, this is an actual cheque for her. As in money, monetary gain, moolah, pesos, dollars, yen, pounds. While you are swooning over her ‘strength’ and ‘courage’ she is talking to her publicist about what her next move is. That picture isn’t radical, it’s very standard for her, and it’s not defiant, it’s profitable.
Can we talk about the actual details of the picture for a moment, paying particular attention to her body hair; the ‘bush’ trimmed into a lovely circle while the rest of her skin is perfectly hairless and flawlessly glistening. Not to mention the photoshop, fantastic lighting, saucy setting, and skilled photographer – yes, this is definitely the behaviour of someone who is trying to relate to the average woman.
It is not her nakedness that offends me; it’s how disingenuous she is about her intentions. She likes attention. That’s it. That is literally the reason this picture exists, because of her insufferable need to be in the limelight. If she really wanted to empathise with, and reflect the experiences of, average women around the world she wouldn't do it using this photo. If she really wanted to empower the average woman who may be working two jobs, raising kids while trying to maintain a career, the woman who is studying or grafting and perfecting her craft, the woman who is looking after her family and sacrificing the things she enjoys to keep her home in order, the woman who does not have the luxury of prioritising the shape of her pubic hair, if she was really considering them, considering us, the picture would look very different, because no one actually looks like that! Is she attempting to give women the confidence to challenge the unrealistic and impossible misogynistic standards imposed on them, or is she not? Enquiring minds want to know.
And please enlighten me if you know something that I don’t, but through what other means does dear Amber assert autonomy over her body other than getting naked in public? That seems to be her go to method. And while I can appreciate a beautiful woman being comfortable and confident in her skin and feeling unapologetic about how she wishes to carry herself, the sight of her nipples has become redundant and the novelty of her calling herself a ‘slut’ has worn off. She needs to pull a new trick out of her bag, because at this point she’s a one trick pony.
authority or power given to someone to do something.
"individuals are given empowerment to create their own dwellings"
Empowerment is subjective and I impose my idea of it on one one, but if Amber Rose, doing nothing more, than getting her minge out gives you the power to know your worth and recognise your value then so be it, but I’m happy to tell you that I think it's moronic.