Well, well, well. I’ve never been more aware of rape culture than now in this very moment. I mean, I knew it existed, but social media has a way of bringing things to the light. It’s interesting to see how people view women, sexuality, their rights, and more importantly, their rights to their own bodies. Yesterday, a video surfaced of singer August Alsina fondling a fan onstage. The responses have been mixed. Take a look.
With that dress on, she was basically asking for this http://t.co/kJ0MKXeBtd
— Patriots 1-1 (@iAM_RodWill) September 28, 2015
I see ppl comparing the August Alsina video to Janet and other women acts.. There's a diff in suggestively dancing on someone vs groping.
— Podrick (@Pattric) September 28, 2015
@XLNB What Type Of Double Standard Is That…This Nigga Sings About Smashing Chicks, What Chick Would Go Up There And Not Expect To Be Touched
— ANTD🅰️MN!T (@FatLiverJones) September 28, 2015
That's ummm thats really rapey August Alsina
— Cufflink Capo (@AD_Renaissance) September 28, 2015
the reality of the August alsina incident is u females give passes on who can violate y'all based on looks, status & talent. now go to sleep
— Kenny (@sheCheatnOnU) September 28, 2015
@KDnHD if it was me I woulda been on him b4 he even got a chance to b on me. It's AUGUST ALSINA like come on now
— ▪Think Mogul▪ (@ambercharmayne) September 28, 2015
Here are five things I need to say about this:
1. Women can uphold rape culture. As evidenced by the tweet above. Just as a Black person can uphold white supremacist ideology. Gender, nor race makes a person exempt from participating in rape culture.
2. What a person is wearing does not mean that they are rape-able. Period. What is “rape-able” you might ask. Well according to Damon Wayans, most of Bill Cosby’s accusers were “UN-rape-able.” So I guess you can use this clip to determine what rape-able means?
Well folks, this is what rape culture looks like.
3. Even if a woman or man does not immediately stop a person from violating them, that does not mean that they wanted it. In this video, the girl is visibly uncomfortable but unsure of what to do.
4. People own their bodies. No one else. August Alsina had no right to grope her onstage, without her consent.
5. We must stop victim blaming/shaming. That’s exactly why many men and women never share their stories until it’s “too late.”
Quiet as it’s kept, a lot of you all laugh at Amber Rose and shame her like every single day, but these are exactly the kinds of issues she was attempting to tackle with her Slut Walk. Y’all ain’t hear her though.
What do you think about the August Alsina video? Comment below.