Women Are Sticking Their Butts Out For This Challenge — And It's OK

Not OK.

Women around the Internet have set off quite the firestorm with a new hashtag, aptly dubbed the #ArchThatBackChallenge. 

The idea to is take a photo or video with your most sexy, butt-in-upright-position pose and share it using the tag.

Lots of women have participated.

With poses like this.

And like this.

Some people of the Interwebs, however, aren't on board with the challenge. Which is fine. Except many are demeaning the girls who are participating. 

Their arguments include the following. 

Those participating are called "hoes," pathetic and attention-seeking among other things. It's being implied that even God is looking down on them

But there's just one problem with those arguments. They're classic slut-shaming, or the act of demeaning a woman based on her freedom to express her sexuality as she pleases. And that's wrong.

Why?

A woman's worth is not dependent on what she does with her body.

Let me repeat.

A woman's worth is not dependent on what she does with her body.

Another Twitter user put it nicely:

So, dear people hating on the #ArchThatBackChallenge.

Sure, women may want attention, from men, women, the Internet. They may also want to feel sexy. But participating in a challenge, and choosing to show off their bodies, doesn't make them any less smart, a hoe or anything else the haters have called these women. 

It just makes them successful in the damn challenge. 

The objectifying of women's bodies, especially women of color, has been and it is currently an issue. By ostracizing women for exercising the freedom to use the Internet and their bodies however they wish dehumanizes them, and has proven to lead to the violence against them. Not only that, but it adds oxygen to the age-old "she was asking for it" claim in regards to rape. 

Singer Nicki Minaj addresses this in an interview with Vogue, after critics came down on her for her "loud" sexuality as seen in her "Anaconda" video. 

"There are sexual things that I do that aren't for a man. I feel empowered sometimes by being sexy and being comfortable enough to be sexy on camera — a lot of women struggle with that."

As a writer on Feministing wrote: "Whenever Black women own their sense of sexuality and it appears to not be controlled by the hetero-male gaze, the whole world gets into a tizzy."

In other words, women, again, especially women of color, can't even own their own sexuality without getting criticized for it.

It's about time we let women do what they please — including arching their backs as much as they please for whoever they please. And if you don't like it, keep on scrolling. 

(H/T: Vocativ)