Striking Photo Series Promotes Female Sexuality While Reclaiming The Term 'Slut'

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The third annual Amber Rose Slutwalk is set to go down in Los Angeles this weekend, and there are many choice reasons why you should care. 

The first contemporary Slutwalk took place just back in 2011 in Toronto, Canada as a way to protest and call for an end to rape culturevictim blaming and slut shaming.

Stephanie Beatriz, actor (Photo: Maggie West)

The afformentioned issues faced by women and female-identifying persons exist both in the digital and real world and are experienced daily. As a way to show solidarity to bringing an end to what could easily be perceived as a hatred against the female population, social media personality and brand owner Amber Rose brings us her third installment of the Slutwalk.

This year, Rose joined forces with celebrated photographer Maggie West to bring together powerful female figures – many of which working in marginalized industries – for a portrait project celebrating and promoting female sexuality while reclaiming the term 'slut.'  

Writer, actor  and comedian Gaby Dunn was eager to take part in the project, explaining:

“As someone who has the luxury of being open about her sexuality, it's imperative I use that privilege for good:ending slut-shaming and allowing everyone to feel good about their bodies, sexual lives and desires.

“Young people regularly kill themselves over perceptions of their sexuality and gender. This needs to end yesterday.”

Throughout history, women have been used as idealistic figures for art in the form of paintings, sculptures and written about endlessly in text. However, the majority of these historical figures have been praised as virgins, many of whom suffered gruesome violent deaths rather than lose their “purity.”

Tanya Negin, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Unfortunately, the "purity" of a woman has historically been tied to the sexuality of a women directly due to male control of the female body. By relinquishing ownership from men and reclaiming their bodies, voices, opinions, choices and sexuality, women are reclaiming their physical, mental and emotional health while bettering their lives.

Writer, artist and participant in the series, Whitney Bell, explains:

“We have been taught as women to endure, to silently accept our sexual harassment as the norm, because that’s just the way it is. But no more; This is a new era of female liberation, different from that of our mother’s. One where we can loudly break our silence, proclaim our sexuality, strip away our clothing, and still demand respect.”

The title of West's photo series is 98taken from a Department Of Justice statistic that says every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Rather than be celebrated for their purity, the women West focuses her lens towards – including queer women, trans women and sex workers – are celebrating their freedom to sexually express themselves and protest sexual violence. 

Gaze at not only the beauty of female sexuality, but its strength, creativity and resilience by enjoying the images above and below.  

Witney Bell, writer / artist (Photo: Maggie West)

Trace Lysett, trans actress (Photo: Maggie West)

Stephanie Angulo, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Sanam Sindhi, writer / DJ (Photo: Maggie West)

Riley Nixon, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Paulina Hurtado, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Parker Day, photographer (Photo: Maggie West)

Nikki Hearts, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Megan Fay, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Luna Lovebad, trans model (Photo: Maggie West)

Luka Fisher, genderqueer artist (Photo: Maggie West)

Leigh Raven, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Kellee Moran, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Keisha Grey, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Jazzmyne Robbins, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Janice Griffith, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Isis King, trans model (Photo: Maggie West)

Heather Briganti, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Gia Gunn, showgirl (Photo: Maggie West)

Gaby Dunn, writer / actor (Photo: Maggie West)

Daria Wilder, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Chrissy Milazzo, writer (Photo: Maggie West)

Caroline Miner Smith, model (Photo: Maggie West)

Arisce Wanzer, trans model (Photo: Maggie West)

Ana Foxxx, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)

Alaska Thunderfuck, drag artist (Photo: Maggie West)

Abella Danger, adult film performer (Photo: Maggie West)