On Friday, Tory Lanez, formally known as Daystar Peterson, convicted In the summer of 2020, he shot and killed Megan Thee Stallion, legally known as Megan Pete.
As a society, it is encouraging to see that men are less accepting of the abuse of women without punishment. Although it has awakened the public, the voices of black women have often been left out of that conversation. Luckily, we passed.
Despite attempts by Lanez’s attorneys and supporters to confuse the fact that Megan Thee Stallion is a victim, the multi-layered societal problems that lead to black women’s insecurity remain sufficiently clear. is.
However, there are moments during this ordeal where Megan Thee Stallion fails, and we must not forget them.
and new york times In a video that accompanies an op-ed she wrote in October 2020, she asks the question: What does it mean to be a woman of color? In the video, she answers her own question. That is, “Society is on the side of men, so she must always prove that she is a victim.”
These poignant words accurately describe what she went through in her quest for justice.
The question of who shot Megan Thee Stallion in the summer of 2020 has been debated since the details of the incident became public knowledge, but the fact that she was shot remains largely opinionated. There was a difference. She had to undergo surgery. remove bullet fragments From her feet, she was clearly a victim, but that’s her Sexual history during trial.
Throughout the trial, Lanez’s attorneys characterized the violent incident as a jealous dispute between two women, alleging that Kelsey Harris, a former friend of Megan Thee Stallion, was romantically involved with Lanez. she disclosed during her testimony She previously had a close relationship with Lanez after denying that they were more than friends.
Her response to why she had not previously shared the extent of their relationship showed the internalized shame that outspoken women often feel. How can I share my body with someone who can do this to me?” she said.
What happened in court not only shamed women who experienced violence, but outside the court, in a court of public opinion dominated by social media, many slandered and ridiculed Megan Thee Stallion. did. She was “wrong” kept saying about what happened to her. If she tried to downplay her own pain and hit back at people, she was “wrong.”She was sexually “wrong.”
Megan Thee Stallion testified The ordeal has taken a huge toll on her mental health, the rapper says, saying, “I’m disgusted, I feel dirty, I’m ashamed of my partner.” She also said: [Lanez] If he knew that I had to undergo this torture, he would have just killed me.
Despite attempts by Lanez’s attorneys and supporters to confuse the fact that Megan Thee Stallion is a victim, the multi-layered societal problems that lead to black women’s insecurity remain sufficiently clear. is. Black women are more likely They are more likely to be killed by men than whites and more likely to experience violence than women overall. It’s also more likely to be labeled as: hypersexual.
The Megan Thee Stallion case isn’t the first time we’ve seen this kind of slutty shame. I agree with the problematic notion that only certain types of women are considered victims when condemning violence perpetrated against women. Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 women worldwide have experienced sexual violence, and guess what? All of them deserve grace and compassion. The slut shaming experienced by Megan Thee Stallion is the latest public example of how society tries to divide women into two narrow categories: the virgin Madonna and the whore.
In her songs, Megan Thee Stallion promoted the idea that women deserve to feel comfortable and embrace sexual freedom. Megan Thee Stallion dared to publicly promote the idea that women enjoy sex, not just being sexually active. A grown woman.
when the website supporting her suddenly making a list of the men she allegedly dated, They rob her of her power and cultural prestige. The public appreciated Megan Thee Stallion’s message of freedom, but when it came time to truly protect her freedom, it resorted to societal norms that viewed women as thin and binary.
Toxic masculinity is an important part of this equation. When we despise shameful women, we are also protecting a particular version of masculinity that depends on the subjugation of women. It was a comment he had previously spat on her: “Dance, b—h.” On a literal level, the words seem to warn her to run or move her legs, but if you look deeper, it’s a kind of performance – skittering and seeming helpless – to the male gaze. is alluding to
Thankfully, the jury voted to hold Lanez responsible. But in the aftermath of what Megan Thee Stallion said was the ugliness of the trial, she felt embarrassed and wanted to die…a cultural system stacked against them.
A slut who shames women for violence committed against them cannot protect them from further violence. Imperfect victims do not deny that they deserve justice, nor do they believe that black women lead to the liberation of anyone.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/megan-thee-stallion-tory-lanez-verdict-test-for-black-women-victims-rcna62869 Megan Thee Stallion’s fight for justice has been an ordeal. I passed this time.