One thing about singer Erykah Badu that everyone can agree on is she is going to say what she has to say and be very unapologetic about it. The singer has come under fire a few times for remarks that she has made on social media, such as when she spoke about her feelings on the nature of men as it pertains to women.
An article based on a New Zealand high school that shared teenage female students had to wear knee-length skirts so as not to “distract” male students and teachers. The reason for this, according to the assistant principal of the school as reported by The Guardian named Cherith Telford, is to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male staff.”
Erykah Badu came on to Twitter to share that she agreed with their decision. “There was an article ruling that high school girls lower their skirts so male teachers are not distracted,” shared Badu. “I agreed because I am aware that we live in a sex I-driven society.”
She continued, “It is everyone’s, male and female’s, responsibility to protect young ladies. One way to protect youth is to remind them we are all sexual in nature and as they grow and develop it is natural to attract men. It is not them who is doing anything wrong by being beautiful and attractive, but with such imbalance in our society it is smart to be aware and awake.”
There was an article ruling that high school girls lower their skirts so male teachers are not distracted. I agreed because…— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 12, 2016
…I am aware that we live in a sex l-driven society. It is everyone’s, male and female’s, responsibility to protect young ladies…— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 12, 2016
The series of tweets continued with Badu sharing on her personal Twitter page that she wants her daughters to understand the nature of men, and to be able to “wear what they want to wear” yet still “be aware”.
Badu went on to say, “Males should be taught to be responsible for their actions from childhood. It’s not OK to ‘prey’ on young women. But do I think it is unnatural for a heterosexual male to be attracted to a young woman in a revealing skirt? No. I think it is his nature.” She concludes that all young women should be protected.
..Consequently, we must all be aware and responsible.— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 12, 2016
We must protect our young women. We must teach our young men…
“We must teach our young men,” said the “Window Seat” singer. “If I had a school I would make sure that the uniform skirt length was a nice knee length. It is fair to everyone. Young women, you are beautiful. Young men, you are beautiful. Protect one another.”
Twitter undoubtedly exploded with reactions, to which Badu welcomed and engaged with her fans. Check some of them out below.
Morality is set up to protect our young but when it fails & nature over rides we must step in and use intelligence. https://t.co/ih4AA3bKX0— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 12, 2016
Human beings are very delicate and all worthy of compassion. We are not all deviant. But we are all sexual beings. https://t.co/h3gtSZ7XJS— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) April 12, 2016
@fatbellybella You are justifying rape of young girls by saying it is in a grown man’s nature to be attracted to a CHILD!!!— Justice for N’Bushe Wright (@Globetrekker203) April 12, 2016