*Erykah Badu felt the wrath of Twitter on Monday after stating that girls should wear long skirts to school to avoid distracting male teachers.
“There was an article ruling that high school girls lower their skirts so male teachers are not distracted. I agreed because I am aware we live in a sex I-driven society …” she wrote on Monday, April 11. “If I had a school I would make sure that the uniform skirt length was a nice knee length … It is fair to everyone.”
Badu, the mother of two daughters, Puma, 11, and Mars, 7, 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 sexual in nature and as they grow and develop it is natural to attract men.”
However, the singer, 44, contradicted herself several tweets later by saying that her daughters should be able to “wear what they like, yet be aware.” She then reverted back to her initial argument by writing: “We are sexual beings. We should consider everyone. Young girls are attractive. Some males are distracted.”
Badu’s backlash was anchored by those who felt Badu’s comments were perpetuating rape culture:
I love erykah badu as much as the next person but what was said is definitely the type of mindset that perpetuates rape culture
— Jarred (@Jaysmitty7) April 12, 2016
Erykah Badu is literally entrenching heteronormativity, rape culture and ignorance right now, sobering reminder that we are all problematic.
— Decolonially Queer (@nigeltpatel) April 12, 2016
Good to see the rape culture and misogyny is alive and well in Erykah Badu’s heart. Used to like you BYE https://t.co/Hzg3LB4pCf
— @canuckyoutoo (@canuckyoutoo) April 12, 2016