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Kim K & International Women’s Day

Earlier this week Kim Kardashian found another way to break the Internet. This time, she posted a selfie of herself nude in a mirror, with parts of her body censored off by black boxes.

Of course, the post sparked backlash from all sorts of people. Some claimed she shouldn’t post the selfie because “she’s a mother.” Chloe Moretz famously tweeted at Kim to use her platform to promote more than her body, and Bette Midler tweeted that if we want to see a new part of Kim, she’ll have to “swallow the camera.”

On International Women’s Day yesterday, Kim penned a blog post in defense of her actions. She wrote:

            “I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.”

Well, Kim K, while I applaud you for being comfortable with your body and aiming to promote that all women do so and feel sexually empowered, you’re missing the point.

You can absolutely post a selfie of you naked. Go for it. I agree, just because “you’re a mother” doesn’t mean you can’t. You’re the one in charge of your body so you can do what you want with it.

What I have a problem with is that you’re promoting the idea that women are their bodies and that their bodies are their most important aspect. The entire point of International Women’s Day is to promote the minds, hard work and success of women beyond how society hypersexualizes their body. It aims to equalize the success of those who use the bodies they are born with and those who further their career with their mind (a point Pink missed entirely).

My problem lies in her blog post. Her entire defense about her selfie draws attention to the fact that she now promotes for young girls the empowerment that their body is what’s most important. I do hope that women and girls around the world become comfortable in their own skin, love their body, and embrace any “flaws” they might have. Body shaming of any kind isn’t OK. More than this, though, I hope women and girls around the world realize that they are more than their bodies.

I do question your intentions, Kim Kardashian. If you’re so comfortable with your “flaws,” why did you post a selfie from a year ago (25 pounds lighter) and disprove your penned “comfort with your body.” I am not body shaming, simply questioning how your actions equate to your words. Your tweet about your 25 pound lighter figure subverts the entire point of your blog post and body shames those who are 25 pounds heavier.

And while women are already famously made into sexual objects by magazine covers and headlines, movies and advertisements, it’s time this changes. That’s what you should have said, Kim Kardashian. That you can be both brilliant and sexy; that your mind is as important as your body; and that you should embrace your body no matter its shape or size, and realize that it’s not just what’s on the outside, what could sexually please another being, and what is seen in a naked mirror selfie that is all that matters.

Women should be sexually empowered- I am an advocate for sex positive feminism. But Kim K’s naked selfie added to the hypersexualization, objectification, and societal pressures that I already feel to “have the perfect body.”

And on International Women’s Day, Kim Kardashian could have said her selfie was to show that while she has a rockin’ body, she is so much more than that.

 

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#YesAllWomen Should Join #YesAllWomen

 

It’s no secret to say #YesAllWomen took off. CNN has covered it, Thought Catalog released 14 of the tweets everyone should see, there are millions of tweets about it.

It’s important for our generation to fully understand #YesAllWomen. But it’s more important that it is supported, no matter the gender.

That’s why, as people continue the hashtag, as they share their voices, it isn’t ok to bash them.

I’ve seen femininsts on twitter call others “bandwagoners” for jumping into feminism. And that’s NOT right.

To say the least, you can’t be a ‘bandwagon feminist.’

Feminism isn’t restricted to women, or to those who called themselves it first. A feminist is someone who recognizes inequality, sees no gender roles, and believes in the utter and complete equality of both sexes.

That’s why it’s ok to ‘jump on’ the feminism movement.

Maybe you hadn’t seen just how subjected women are to men in today’s society. Maybe you didn’t realize that there is something fundamentally wrong with the fact that you have watch where you set your drink at a party. Maybe you didn’t realize that you could work for years at the same job as your male counterpart and earn less.

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But that is fine, you can still be a feminist.

You can accept the injustices and proclaim your voice against them. You’re not late to the movement, you’re not jumping onto it. You’re realizing that it affects you as well, and you have the right to share your opinion.

So #YesAllWomen and #YesAllMen, you’re welcome to join the movement.

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