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Are Women to Blame when they Are Sexually Victimized? : Eryka Badu’s Controversial Statements

Are Women to Blame when they Are Sexually Victimized? : Eryka Badu’s Controversial Statements

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By: Evette Champion

Erykah Badu is making waves in light of her Twitter rant this week. Badu’s commentary on the rape culture in this country and she agreed with an article that discussed a schools decision to require young women to wear longer skirts so that straight male teachers would not get “distracted.” She feels that this would be fair for everyone.

She went on to say that men absolutely have control over themselves and there should not be any excuse why they couldn’t stay in control. She continued to say that because we are a socially driven society, it can prove a challenge for men to exercise restraint.

When someone pointed out that women were punished more harshly for embracing their sexuality then men are, she said that, “Punishment is perspective.”’

People on social media find her stance on the topic upsetting, but when you take into consideration that she called R. Kelly her “brother” at the 2015 Soul Train Awards, even when there are countless records of him preying on under aged black girls (true, he has never been found guilty of any of the crimes against him, but once the public thinks something about you, you can never get away from that public opinion).

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In this rape-culture society we live in, young women are often held accountable for the sexual violence committed against them by men. However, why? Why can’t we teach our sons that a woman (or a girl) is not for their amusement and they cannot take advantage of them simply because they may be showing a bit of leg or their neckline reveals a bit of cleavage. Why can’t we teach our sons to respect a woman and treat her with dignity and respect?

Of course, with that said, we also need to teach our daughters to treat themselves with dignity and respect. While they should wear what they want to, we need to teach them that less is more and they needn’t wear next to nothing in an effort to get a man’s attention.

Perhaps instead of placing blame on any one gender, we should teach our children to respect each other at all times.

Comment(4)

  1. Ms. Badu is very relevant … and right on point! We are living in a sex crazed society and it is accepted as normal …smh. And to hear a woman say I’m dressing this way (proactive ) to please myself is the biggest bag of horse s–t I have ever heard, you want to dress like a slut then expect to be treated like royalty? Where’s the logic in that? Eryka mentioned teaching our young men to respect our young ladies … well if you act like a lady you’ll be treated as such. The first teacher is the woman … if you constantly call men dogs around your male children what are you teaching them? If you constantly call other women ho’s and bitches what are you teaching them? Get real … Erika is right on point! Those who disagree are obviously part of the problem! Words are “anything” that send a message to your mind … so what words are you using? Proactive clothing are “Words” !!! And that goes for both men and women … pull your pants up or be classified as a thug, bi-sexual or just plain stupid! Sad state of affairs when a society tries to justify stupidity, ignorance, immorality as personal choice … oh forgive me it is a personal choice … so deal with the consequences of your choice!

  2. It ashame we live in a society that just want to do what the hell they want to do, wear what the want to wear, act the way they want to act , with no dignity or respect for themselves or the next person, I totally agree with Badu been saying it for years, if you not getting paid pull your dress, top, dress,and guys pull you pants up at least to below your waist I am really tired of seeing azz cover it you think it’s cute but it’s not, what happen to individual style, being fashionable, being decent, and having respect for your body,meverybody wants to be the girl in the video or the rapper difference is they are getting paid and when your see them off camera they are fully clothed, so now your azz is all out and you expect that a man that is watching you and have a criminal record of rape is suppose to pass azz hanging all out, then when someone speaks the truth you want to trip get a grip, and Badu has paid her dues so if she don’t record ever again she will always be relevant, cover up and be relevant too, or be a social victim!!!

  3. Do people still consider Erykah as relevant? Erykah has not produced a hit cd since the 90s. Perhaps she should be tweeting about some hot new music she’s producing with a release date!

    #Run tell THAT!

    1. What does a hit record has to do with morals? See how easily the mind sinks into ugly. Why don’t you try a better approach to the Subject at hand. You remind me of the People that want to say something, but don’t know how to address the Subject. Then its best you study a little more before bringing your thoughts live.

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