...Erykah Badu really threw me for a loop today!
The Queen-Mother of all things woke chimed in on Twitter about how she thinks that girls should "pull down their skirts" because they might serve as a distraction to the boys in school settings. Check it out below:
In her tweets, Erykah Badu makes 3 egregious mistakes:
1) Telling little girls to lengthen their skirt to avoid gawking from men reinforces rape culture. Rape Culture, or a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality, is extremely harmful to little girls. Why? Because it places the blame on women instead of the men who commit the assault or harassment.
2) Following Ms. Badu’s logic allows us to blame girls for the unwanted advances they receive because of their uniforms instead of focusing on the perpetrators who make the advances. According to Justice Department statistics, nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. And sadly, in U.S. high schools, 10.5 percent of high school girls have been forced to have sex. Another study reports that only half of them told a third party or reported their assault.
3) Trying to justify that men are naturally wired to look at underage women is creepy and very R.Kelly-esque. Again, reinforcing rape culture. Back during the Soul Train Awards, Badu sang R. Kelly's praises. But although he is a musical genius, according to the Village Voice, close to two dozen women have claimed that he sexually abused them. Virtually all of the allegations are said to have occurred in or near Chicago, where Kelly is from, and involve claims Kelly repeatedly pursued minors for sex. Erykah... Is that someone you really want to step in the name of love with, too?
Ultimately, I've arrived to one conclusion:
Erykah Badu is not as WOKE as we thought.
Little girls should never be held responsible for gawking eyes of adults–especially grown men. Men who prey on little girls who wear short skirts, long skirts, or tunics are perverts–plain and simple. And rationalizing that type of behavior doesn't make you woke; it just indicates that you’re asleep!
Sorry, Erykah ...I will always be one of your biggest fans, but after your rant on Twitter this week, I think it's time to call Tyrone and tell him to pick up your ideological sh*t...Why, because I, like Black Twitter, ain't here for it.
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