On Saturday, September 16, a line of Dantelas at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., began to line the streets.
At 6 p.m. local time, the line of women’s underwear was officially closed.
It’s been an eventful day in the world of D.U.C.A. and in America’s capital.
On Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution calling on all countries to stop using sexual violence against women, and the United States officially became the only country to ban the use of sex-based slavery.
The decision came just one day after a Senate committee approved a bill to criminalize the purchase of sex, a measure that was opposed by many in the entertainment industry, who felt that it would make it more difficult to investigate and prosecute alleged abusers.
In the past year, the D.A.’s office has received more than 30 complaints from people who believe that the line’s continued existence is a violation of their human rights.
A number of prominent Hollywood stars have voiced their opposition to the line, including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, Miley Cyrus, and Ashley Graham.
While some in the industry have argued that the sexualized underwear line is an appropriate symbol of the United Kingdom’s colonial past, other critics have pointed out that the underwear line has historically been associated with white supremacy.
On Monday, several celebrities, including Will Smith and Nicole Kidman, announced their support for the D-Line.
“The D-line was founded by women who were fighting for a fairer, more equal society,” Smith told reporters in an email.
“I believe the D Line should continue to celebrate the achievements of women of color in this country.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, actress Alyssa Milano joined several other celebrities to sign a letter urging the United Nation to ban sexualized slavery.
“This is not a day to celebrate a symbol of oppression, but instead, a day for those who were the subject of these acts of slavery,” Milano wrote in the letter, which was signed by Milano, actress Lily Tomlin, and actress Olivia Munn.
“As a woman of color, I will never, ever be able to live in a society where sexualized violence against me and other women of colour is a legitimate response to my existence, my rights, and my oppression.”
“As I see this line of underwear, I can’t help but feel that the history of this history is one of sexualized oppression,” said Milano in the statement.
“And, as a woman, I also know that it’s time for our world to start talking about these atrocities and the history that they’ve created.”