While we honestly feel there are much more important things to talk about than Hollywood gossip and drama, we had to delve into this recent headlining discussion surrounding the latest Kim Kardashian controversy and subsequent social media flood of both love and hate surrounding her most recent flesh baring pictures. These photos might be part of the reason why Kim Kardashian is one of the most followed people on Instagram. She has an incredible 144.1 million followers on Instagram and many of those follow her updates religiously. Her biggest fans will even use an instagram story download app to save their favourite stories’ of hers. Any “normal” person would require the help of somewhere like Buzzoid in order to get anywhere near her figure. You can click here for more details about the services they offer. The number of followers she has is astronomical. We are women and many of us have girls ourselves. We just wonder what everyone really thinks about the message that Kim is sending especially to our impressionable girls and all our young people out there.
Last week, Kim posted several nude photos to various social media outlets. The response varied but she got a fair amount of negativity to which she stated that she’d had enough of the ‘body shaming and slut shaming.’ There were many people who had responses to this…in particular celebrities. Everyone from Bette Midler to Piers Morgan to pop star, Pink, had their own thoughts. Pink wrote:
“Shout out to all of the women, across the world, using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their “magic” that they were born with, that only they possess. It may not bring you as much ‘attention’ or bank notes as using your body, your sex, your tits and asses, but women like you don’t need that kind of ‘attention.’ In the quiet moments, you will feel something deeper than the fleeting excitement resulting from attention, you will feel something called pride and self respect. Keep on resisting the urge to case. You’ll never have to make silly excuses for yourself.”
But there were others like Amber Rose, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus who rushed to Kim’s defense, asking people to just let her live and be herself whatever that meant. A few days later, Kim took to social media once more publishing a blog titled #STRAIGHTUP. In the blog post as included in this article from Mashable , she directly calls out the body shamers and makes a strong statement about women’s empowerment:
“I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality.
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.
I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.
I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.
I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.”
We can’t help but wonder what our fellow moms are thinking? Are you all for women power, feminism and the right to display our bodies without judgment and worrying about the sexualization that thanks to the society in which we live in has made secondary to the female body? Or are you instead cringing that someone with so much reach, with such a platform decides to (again) post pictures of her body with the notion that it is OK. Personally, I don’t have a problem with women showing off their bodies, but I think it needs to be done in the right places. Nudes on sites like Babestation are fine, as people will only find them if they search for them. Nudes on social media, where younger children can see them, is not quite as acceptable.
Love or hate her, she did make a statement. What do you think?