Kim Kardashian proved two things with her recent Paper magazine cover. The first is that no matter how much people say they don’t like her she still manages to garner huge interest from the public. When her cover photo was first released it received over 15 million views. The second thing is that women are still scrutinized more harshly than men for their actions. In this case Kim was made to feel like a bad mother for doing something that her toddler daughter can’t even comprehend and is actually easier to explain than a lot of other things from her past. To Kim and Kanye West these photos are art and I am guessing that they plan to raise their daughter to not be ashamed of her body.
Her Body, Her Choice
Seeing Kim Kardashians naked body should not be an earth shattering event. After all she has posed for Playboy, starred in a sex tape, and wears clothing that leaves little to the imagination. Instead of slut shaming her people have now decided to mom shame her. Surprisingly a lot of people slamming her are women. News flash, becoming a mom doesn’t mean that you need to morph into a 1950’s housewife. Kim is maintaining her own identity and I must admit that I respect that. Isn’t this what feminism is all about?
More Than Objects
Should women be against this cover because it furthers the notion that we are just sexual objects? Kim Kardashian is a successful woman worth millions of dollars yet she feels the need to prove to the world that she has an attractive body. Why is that? When was the last time you saw a male celebrity in a seductive pose on a magazine cover? I can’t think of any. Yet female celebrities like Jennifer Aniston,Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and countless others appear on covers nearly naked. Can you imagine a photographer asking Ryan Gosling to pose for GQ magazine wearing only a tie? No, but Jennifer Anniston did.
The Big Picture
It’s not Kim Kardashians fault that women are still valued for their beauty above most other things. Is she doing anything to change this perception? No, but neither are many women. It starts as a little girl and it continues well into adulthood. The recent release of the viral catcalling video shows just how bad things really are. The fact that some men feel entitled to comment on a woman’s body is just mind boggling. They literally seem to think of women as objects without feelings. And is it a stretch to think that the medias portrayal of women has somehow contributed to this? I don’t think so. It’s time for a change and that change can start with each one us. If men can be successful without relying on their looks why can’t we?