Amber Rose, Anti-ISIS Helly Luv Unite On Slut Shaming Trend Worldwide

Amber Rose, Helly Luv are likely allies in the global slut shaming struggle

Does Amber Rose have more slut-shaming allies worldwide than first expected?

Amber Rose recently trended about her views on slut-shaming and her culture-related message has now translated into a clothing line. However, Amber Rose’s idea of slut-shaming has also been tied to Middle East culture in the West in a few ways in the recent past.

Moreover, it appears to be an urgent matter globally since “Revolution” pop singer, Helly Luv, has stated that slut-shaming can lead to the death of surviving female ISIS rape victims.

Complex reported on November 21 that Amber Rose has released a slut-shaming clothing line — and her efforts to curb slut-shaming have been working and stated the following.

“Regardless of what anybody personally thought about Amber Rose’s SlutWalk held in Los Angeles early last month, there’s no doubt that she has made an impact with her message. Her walk got coverage from a wide range of media outlets, and actually helped open up a constructive conversation about the double standards women face regarding their sexuality.”

Double standards women face regarding their sexuality have also been a topic of discussion concerning the Middle East in a few ways. During the summer, Kurdish-Finnish pop singer Helly Luv reported from her current Los Angeles residence about filming her video “Revolution” near an ISIS attack in Iraq.

While the focus of the interview was her videos, one of the details that Helly Luv spoke of during her talk with Melissa Francis on Fox News was that she wanted to continue to try to help the “female victims of ISIS.”

In subsequent months, Helly Luv spoke with Broadly about the female victims of ISIS and stated the following.

“I’m working with the female victims and young girls who were kidnapped by ISIS. I’m trying to help them get their lives back to normal. It’s a hard process because what’s happened to them is not something that can be fixed in one night. I’m really active with that.”

While there are people like Ariel Ahram testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs about “The Islamic State’s War on Women and Girls,” according to the Augusta Free Press, the problem goes much deeper than that and includes multiple layers of the Middle East’s own version of slut-shaming.

Amber Rose's slut shaming clothing line expands

For instance, there have been many news articles detailing what could be called slut-shaming that female victims of ISIS received when they are returned to their own communities.

Namely, these female ISIS victims are raped — and being raped is slut-shamed in the female ISIS victims’ communities in the Middle East. While this may differ from the culture in America, Helly Luv insists, like Amber Rose, that slut-shaming is causing serious (even fatal) problems for female ISIS victims in the Middle East.

For example, MSNBC reports the following.

“Too often in conflicts involving sexual violence, communities retaliate against female survivors… Of particular concern is the potential for violence, even killings, by families to purge ‘dishonor.’ Such violence and even killings are common in Iraq across religious and ethnic divides. Under Iraq’s penal code, a murder sentence can be reduced for some so-called ‘honor’ crimes.”

In December, 2014, NPR reported that female ISIS victims need help after they survive ISIS and return to their community for several reasons outside of honor crimes. Namely, slut-shaming may be prevalent because many female ISIS rape victims are pressured to terminate pregnancies and health authorities have been offering “voluntary” virginity exams.

Adding to this, women like Helly Luv may not be getting the support they need from their own Middle East communities (outside of the Middle East in places like the U.K.) to work on changing cultural values toward women.

Writing with the Independent, Sadiq Khan states on November 23 that women that speak out against the “wicked tribalism” that corrupts the message of Islam in immigrant communities in the West is difficult to overcome. One of the things that Sadiq Khan mentioned when she described the treatment she received from her fellow Muslims (who were not necessarily Middle Eastern) when she came out against cultural habits that cloud Islam (in her opinion), was that she was slut-shamed.

Obviously, the fact that Sadiq Khan was slut-shamed for speaking her mind touches on another topic that Amber Rose speaks about frequently. Interviewed by the Guardian on November 3, Amber Rose stated the following.

“I’ve been called a slut while I was still a virgin. I have been called a slut while I was in a committed relationship with my husband. So it really doesn’t matter what you do in life, people can call you that name because they are uncomfortable with your sexuality. That’s all it is.”

Interestingly, it is not only Muslim women in the West, Helly Luv, and Amber Rose that are tired of all versions of slut-shaming — but also Muslim men. As if he read Amber Rose’s interview with the Guardian and decided to write about it from a Muslim man’s perspective, Ro Waseem reports the following in the New Statesman on November 11.

“Today’s world is in a state of emergency… we must start addressing the real issue that has long been glaring at us: attitudes towards women … Let’s not tie down a woman’s morality to her decision to wear the hijab. And let’s stop objectifying women and seeing them primarily as avenues for sex.”

In the end, perhaps Amber Rose could invite these three individuals to her next panel discussion and discuss how slut-shaming differs (or does not) in the Middle East and other Mideast communities around the world. In mid-October, Amber Rose did a panel on slut-shaming for Larry King Now, but only discussed how slut-shaming is experienced in America.

Helly Luv supports ISIS fighters by wearing native clothes

Although NBC and others report that cash donations to participating charities like Wadi that help female ISIS victims are welcome — it appears that getting the word out about not slut-shaming is the only thing that has turned around the slut-shaming of female ISIS victims in their own Middle East communities.

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees reported in mid-August that cultural and religious leader, Baba Sheikh, spoke with other leaders to stop slut-shaming and accept the female ISIS victims back into the community — and it appears to be working.

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