Women, Stop It: Sexual Politics and the Need for Respect and Understanding


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This past weekend, Cardi B released new music, and as expected, some women were quick to criticize her for showing off her body in the public space. The same conversation arose during the performance of Sexy Red and Megan Thee Stallion on the Essence stage. It’s disheartening to see women demonizing and disrespecting other women for embracing their bodies and sexuality.

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Cardi B in “Enough (Miami)”. PHOTO: CARDI B/YOUTUBE

The truth is, it’s not just disrespectful, but also distasteful to criticize women who choose to express themselves in ways that may not align with one’s personal beliefs.

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SEXY RED PHOTO: S/YOUTUBE

If we, as women, can’t respect each other’s choices, how can we expect others to do the same? By calling these women “hoes with no home training,” we are only perpetuating the same toxic behavior that has been used to oppress women for centuries.

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Historically, women have been criticized for being themselves, whether that means being loud, quiet, brilliant, or anything in between. We come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds, and it’s time to stop projecting our own beliefs onto others.

Recently, I had a personal experience with this type of judgment when my brother made a disrespectful comment about our sister. I took the opportunity to educate him on the importance of respecting women and their choices, even if they differ from his own.

Similarly, during a conversation with church women about Megan Thee Stallion’s performance at Essence, I was disappointed to hear their criticism of her twerking, implying that it was not in line with “black excellence.” This led me to wonder if they understood the history of twerking and its cultural significance.

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PHOTO: MEGAN THEE STALLION/YOUTUBE

The recent incident involving Keke Palmer and her ex-boyfriend serves as a stark reminder of how our actions and words can contribute to a culture of disrespect towards women. When we, as women, sanction men to make derogatory comments about us based on our appearance or behavior, we give them license to continue this unacceptable behavior.

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PHOTO: BIG BOSS KEKE PALMER/INSTAGRAM

It’s ucial that we recognize the role we play in perpetuating these harmful patterns and take steps to change them. By normalizing negative and judgmental attitudes towards one another, we only fuel the fire of disrespect and misogyny. It’s time to break the cycle and start treating each other with the dignity and respect we all deserve.

We must remember that our words and actions have a ripple effect, and it’s up to us to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all women. As we stand together and refuse to tolerate disrespect, we can create a world where every woman feels empowered and valued, regardless of her choices or appearance.

It’s time for women to stop tearing each other down and start lifting each other up. We must learn to respect and understand one another, even if our choices and beliefs differ. Only then can we truly break free from the chains of sexual politics and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all women.

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