If you’ve been on social media this week, you’ve most likely already heard about Kim K.’s nude photo (seen above) on Instagram and the uproar it’s caused among the general population. Kim’s nude Instagram sparked controversy among other celebrities who were quick to critique her actions such as Chloe Grace Moretz and Bette Midler.
If you know anything about Kim, you knew she wasn’t going to let that fly without firing back. Kim had a twitter comeback for every hater that came her way.
This conversation brought up issues of slut shaming that have been in the media for a while. Kim took to her website earlier today to write her feelings on being slut shamed by the masses and how women bringing each other down needs to stop. Slut shaming is the act of criticizing a woman for her sexuality or how she shows her sexuality.
Now, if I had to line up the Kardashian-Jenner daughters and number the personalities I like best on a scale of 1 to 5, Kim would be #5. She’s vain and self centered. The whole reason her and Kanye are soul mates is because they are the two most selfish human beings in America. However, I think she has a point. While I do not necessarily agree with Kim’s choices she is entitled to make them for herself. Would I post a naked photo on myself on Instagram with a “funny” caption? Absolutely not. But to each their own. She’s entitled to do what she wants with the platform she is given. I would prefer to see her use her social clout to promote an anti-bullying campaign like her sister Kylie, but she has every right to post what she wants. Post pregnancy, Kim is likely at her most self conscious. She has been constantly abused for her weight. She’s been compared to a whale while pregnant. She’s probably looking for self gratification. She choose to post an outdated picture (this was pre-pregnancy with Saint West) in order to seek validation from her follower’s comments. Unfortunately for her this plan backfired as she ended up with more hate than love.
Slut shaming is an issue in and of itself. When Justin Bieber’s nude photos were leaked, people did not criticize him for taking them. Instead, they praised the size of his penis. Meanwhile when Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos were leaked she was called a slut. There is a double standard and that needs to end. Why should a woman who shows her naked body automatically be deemed a slut but a man gets a pat on the back? The idea behind society’s reactions to these things is so antiquated. It’s time to let that notion go. Women should be able to make their own choices about what to do with their bodies without fear of being looked down upon by others. The beauty of living in America and in the age that we do is that we have more freedom that we ever have before. We have the freedom to do what we want without the risk of oppression. So be it if a woman wants to show her body? Who are we to judge? It’s hers to show. The development of social media has been so great for our generation because it has allowed us to share whatever content we want in real time and share our own voice that otherwise may have not been heard by the public. It’s another layer of freedom that we didn’t have before. You will never please everyone with your opinions or posts on social media outlets anyway so what is the difference at this point?
Another issue is that we have been trained by the media to have such unrealistic standards of beauty. Many women live in a place where they are ashamed of their bodies due to the standards set in place by the film and fashion industries. One positive thing about Kim is that she’s proud of her body. She’s not afraid to show it and that’s one thing that other women could learn from. We could use someone in the media promoting their health and positive body image. We need to see images of real women. These are the women with real bodies, that are not the stick thin women of the runway. So many women are silently battling eating disorders and these images of positive body confidence are what they need to see. The other side of this argument is that unfortunately she’s promoting even more scrutiny about the body and allowing women to be viewed purely as a sexual object. Chloe Grace Moretz made a good point. We should be showing impressionable girls that we are MORE than just our bodies so that men will stop objectifying us so much. While we should be able to own our sexuality, we should also be showing the other aspects of ourselves and that we are powerful and smart. Kim has so many younger fans that follow her on social media that will look at that and do god knows what with it in their heads. Her actions don’t make her the greatest role model.
I do think she has a major point in saying that women need to stop attacking each other so much. Twitter is great because it sparks great conversation between people but it is better when used as a constructive platform rather than a vehicle for animosity. We should be boosting each other up instead of pushing each other down. Maybe if people worked together more, they would help society to lose these double standards that we hate so much. Overall having body confidence and having an open personality are not bad qualities to have.