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In “please keep our elders’ names out your mouth” news, video vixen Karrine Steffans took to Twitter to make a point about slut shaming, respectability politics and Black female achievement. What could have been an eye-opening conversation that we are always here for (i.e. Amber Rose), was met with much criticism.

It all started when Steffans tweeted: “At 26, I was already a New York Times bestselling author, a millionaire, and sitting next to Oprah. Be inspired. You can do I.” Then she got the following response:

Then Steffans clapped back:

The author and actress then brought Dr. Maya Angelou into the mix:

Then she stressed that past trauma shouldn’t define you and how slut-shaming is problematic:

And there is some real truth around what Steffans is saying, especially being a rape survivor herself. But in Steffans’ case who has made a career of bragging about her past sexual conquests, does this argument around past trauma really work? Most important, could there have been a better way to frame her point without throwing two of our most beloved under the bus?


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