I Asked 19 Women At The Amber Rose SlutWalk To Define "Slut"

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Saturday was the Amber Rose SlutWalk in Downtown Los Angeles. And for those who, in the words of Muva, apparently don't know how to use Google, allow me to explain it to you. A SlutWalk is an anti-rape-culture / anti-victim-blaming protest in which people march in "slutty" clothing in order to challenge the misogynistic notion that anything besides rapists (i.e. clothing, cleavage, skirt length, etc.) cause rape. It is also an act of reclamation, allowing women to take back the insult that has been used to hold us down. The protest got its name from the language used by Canadian police officers in 2011, when/where the SlutWalks began. So what does "slut" mean when you reclaim it?

The idea of word reclamation argues that when a slur or insult is used by the people whom it had originally intended to demean, then the word loses all of its malicious meaning. Instead, it becomes a weapon, a term with which one proudly identifies. It's why one of the most popular signs at SlutWalk boasted "Proud Slut."

All of the rad ladies whom you will find in the photographs below have given "slut" a personal definition and/or new connotation. Is a slut simply a woman who has sex, and therefore nothing more than a harmless noun? Or maybe it has a beautiful, poetic definition that contains a message about freedom? Does it instead define the person who uses it as an insult?Here is how 19 powerful women at the Amber Rose SlutWalk define "slut."

1. Quiriana, 25

2. Alee, 22, And Corey, 22

3. Nicole, 23, And Kirstin, 22

4. Cheyenne, 19

5. Friea, 19

6. Megan, 31

7. Carina, 19

8. Alejandra, 20

9. Jen Richards

10. Shadi

11. Gabifresh

12. Zulma, 40

13. Sathina, 23

14. Brittany, 18, And Thrystal, 18

16. Elizabeth, 24

17. Natalie

18. Emily Lindin, Founder Of The Unslut Project

19. Raven, 27

Images: Rachel Sanoff