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I came across SZA not too long ago. A good friend of mine had introduced me to her music and...

I came across SZA not too long ago. A good friend of mine had introduced me to her music and it was love at first sound; the mixture of her soothing voice paired with her deep-rooted lyrics. By the time I had discovered her, the 26-year-old had released 2 mix tapes and 1 EP. This year, she dropped her highly anticipated debut studio album, CTRL, which was praised by her fans, critics and music lovers.

Unfortunately, I was browsing Twitter recently and came across a post that was bashing SZA for sleeping with well-known men in the industry in order to get further ahead in her career.

The original poster then continued to slut shame SZA by "exposing" the fact that she's had sex with multiple men at the same time by posting a screen shot of a tweet that read, "SZA album so good it almost make you forget she got a train ran on her." He then followed up on this tweet with a screen grab of a tweet by ScHoolboy Q where he explained that he had refused to have her join him on tour because "she likes to fu*k too much."

Whether or not any of these accusations are true does not mean that SZA is not a beautiful, intelligent and extremely talented artist. When people call her degrading names simply because she expresses her sexual desires and her sexuality through her music, they are contributing to rape culture. When they try to expose her and they demean her talents as an artist because she's slept with someone in the music industry, they are contributing to rape culture. When an artist uses a public platform to explain why he wouldn't go on tour with another artist by slut-shaming her, he is contributing to rape culture.

What hurt the most was seeing some of the replies because other women took advantage of the thread to further slut-shame SZA and call her out. Instead of helping uplift SZA during a time where she was getting scrutinized for owning her sexuality and doing what she wanted, these women were putting her down in order to gain the retweets and likes of misogynistic men.

SZA is new to the industry and she will definitely garner a lot more criticism, whether it's constructive or harmful. I simply hope that she continues to make beautiful music and she continues to write about whatever she experiences in life, whether it is sexual or not. If there's one thing that women around the world, including SZA, need to remember, it's the fact that no man should ever be allowed to tell us what to do with our bodies.

It's no secret that women have worked so hard to fight down the barriers of gender inequality and to be able to use their voices to speak up for what they want.

The fight's not over but we've definitely made our mark.