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Amber Rose Dispels a Myth Surrounding Homosexuality

After Amber Rose posted a photo of her 3-year-old son in wig on Instagram, people flooded the comments section calling her son gay.

 

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Rose, who has been outspoken against slut-shaming and victim-blaming, took to her Snapchat to respond to the commenters, who took an innocent moment of her son and turned it into something homophobic and ugly:

Amber Rose clapback

"I posted a picture of Sebastian playing with my wig earlier and all the comments are saying that my son is gay—he's three! So everyone who is commenting, do me a favor, and go put a wig on your boyfriend, or your dad, or your baby's father, and see if they turn gay and let me know. Oh—they didn’t turn gay? Wow! I’m so confused because I could’ve sworn you just said wigs make men gay."

Amber Rose clapback

"So how about all of you ignorant f*cks read a book, and realize that your sexual orientation has nothing to do with the way you dress."

The experiment she suggests highlights the flawed logic behind associating appearance with sexuality, especially with a toddler.

Additionally, the comments reek of homophobia, accusing Rose's son of being gay as if it is something to be ashamed of.

The vitriol in the comments seems to be a reaction to her son not adhering the strict gender norms that boys, no matter what their age, must adhere to in order to be accepted and considered "normal" (i.e. heterosexual).

In a previous interview with ATTN:, professor C.J. Pascoe of the University of Oregon and author of "Dude, You're a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School" said:

"Young men have to demonstrate that they are not unmasculine or, in their parlance, a 'fag.' For these young men, fags are not necessarily gay men, they are men who are weak and unmanly. So when a young man does anything that is unmasculine, they risk being labeled with that epithet, which young men repeatedly tell me is the worst thing a guy can be called."

Upon further inspection, this expression of homophobia — reacting against boys and men displaying feminine traits — is a form of misogyny as well. Appearing feminine, then, by wearing a wig as Rose's son did, reveals how femininity and women are often devalued.

[h/t Complex]