For those of you who have spent the last week living under a large rock in an isolated forest far away from a television, the internet, or even broadband radio, let me catch you up on something of significant importance which occurred in the surreal world of social media and has been a topic of discussion for almost every media outlet on the planet; Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on twitter, and people lost their freaking minds.
When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL pic.twitter.com/UlSLZb1fp1
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 7, 2016
There have been a wide variety of responses to Kim’s nude selfie. Some people view it as a form of female empowerment, a celebration of the female form, and an achievement for the feminist movement. Other people view it as the total opposite, something which encourages the objectification of women, reduces the role of a female to that of a sexualized commodity, and has done damage to the feminist movement.
Many people have commented on the tweet. Some have used memes, such as
Several women gave direct criticism to Kim, such as –
@KimKardashian Have some self respect. You have two children now. What an embarrassment you are. Smh. 🙄
— I pity the fool. (@Dani_Giggles) March 9, 2016
As if a beautiful women who has become famous for her sex appeal should suddenly hide her sexuality once she has a child. And –
@KimKardashian What would your father say to you? No shame, for sure. showing the world what your husband should only see
— Mary Johnson (@marcontrary) March 10, 2016
I guess that the old white woman who tweeted this shouldn’t be judged for her statement by today’s standards, since she came of age in an era when a women’s body was considered to be the legal property of her husband. Let’s not forget, the US did not consider a husband forcefully raping his wife to be illegal until 1979.
Twitter trolls did what twitter trolls do, and spewed forth venomous vitriol. Many of their comments were racist, sexist, agist, and other types of ists that I had never even seen before. I was shocked to see how many people criticized her for being a “hoe” or “slut” and posted sexually explicit still frames from her sex tape.
I still don’t understand using images from her sex tape as way of criticizing her nudity. If you disagree with it, why post pictures of it? Or is it just an attempt to shame a women for showing off her body?
As one person accurately pointed out –
@KimKardashian it’s her Twitter … if you don’t like it don’t follow her … she doesn’t tell you what to post and not post
— alli aldridge (@alli__aldridge) March 10, 2016
Another person seemed as confused by the criticism as I was –
@KimKardashian I don’t know why everyone’s freaking out about this
— Anton Castellanos (@antonc82) March 9, 2016
Several people were inspired by Kim’s nude selfie. Some even posted nude selfies of their own to show their support, including celebrities, male and female, such as Sharon Osbourne, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Ratajkowski, Courtney Stodden, Glozell Green, Nathan Henry, Danny Tamberelli, and whoever the hell this guy is –
An artist in Australia was inspired to paint a large mural of Kim’s nude selfie on the side of a building.
(Image Source: LUSH, Dean Sunshine)
Unfortunately, this is what some asshole did to it –
When will society stop shaming women for their sexuality?