We should stop dissing rappers' girlfriends for having a past, writes Evette Dionne at Clutch magazine. She says that we need to look beyond the checkered histories of women like Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose — because they've found love.
The shaming of Amber Rose for dating and falling in love and marrying when her past isn't so stellar is simply a reflection of the lives many women lead. There is an attachment of marriageability with virtue that is not only impossible to attain, but also keeps women from expressing themselves sexually. Rose manages to exist outside of those boundaries, and women hate her for it.
But she's found love in a culture that claims former exotic-dancers aren't worthy. She's stumbled on a man who accepts her past, even as we attempt to confine her to the seediness of Philadelphia strip clubs. Rose no longer claps her cakes for change and has moved past her ex-flame. Even the women we love to hate deserve what Rose has gotten. Love.
Read Evette Dionne's entire piece at Clutch magazine.
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