Rashida Jones Pens Essay On Slut Shaming After Receiving Backlash About “Stop Acting Like Whores” Tweet

Rashida Jones pens an essay and responds to accusations of slut shaming pop stars.

Rashida Jones pens an essay and responds to accusations of slut shaming pop stars.

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Earlier this year, in late October, Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones received backlash after she tweeted, “This week’s celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores”

The tweet came in the same week as Kim Kardashian’s now infamous bathing suit selfie and Nicki Minaj bore all in a pasty-only selfie (we can only imagine what Miley Cyrus wore); immediately, Rashida explained on Twitter that she was not trying to shame anyone or their bodies; but now—more than a month later—she is addressing the criticism she received in a new essay for Glamour.

“I’m not gonna lie,” she wrote. “The fact that I was accused of ‘slut-shaming,’ being anti-woman, and judging a women’s sex lives crushed me. I consider myself a feminist. I would never point a finger at a woman for her actual sexual behavior, and I think all women have the right to express their desires. But I will look at women with influence—millionaire women who use their ‘sexiness’ to make money—and ask some questions. There is a difference, a key one, between ‘shaming’ and ‘holding someone accountable.’”

In the letter, Rashida has some ideas for a few people—and we have to agree, there are some good ideas! Some of our favorites of her tips:

Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones, and Carrie Underwood Take on Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry

Record Execs: “When you market to young pop stars, can you please try to apply some of your own personal moral parameters.”

Women: “Let’s at least try to discuss the larger implications on pop culture without shaming each other.

Men: “Please talk to us about how all this makes you feel.”

Pop stars: “Please stop saying you don’t want to be role models. Because guess what: You are You depend on millions of people who adore you…. Go ahead and make videos in which your ass cheeks slap water around in slow motion; go ahead and tweet pictures of your undercarriage. But perhaps every eleventh song or video, do something with some more clothes on? Maybe even a song that empowers women to feel good about some other great qualities we have. Like, I don’t know...our empathy, or childbearing skills, or ability to forgive one another for mean tweets?”

 

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