This might be more unpopular than the time I said I liked Hillary Clinton, but, double-fuck-it, I think I like Kim Kardashian, too.
The other day, Kim Kardashian posted this selfie:
The internet had thoughts, as the internet is wont to do. Everyone had a response, but most famously, Bette Midler and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today. If Kim wants us to see a part of her we've never seen,— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 7, 2016
she's gonna have to swallow the camera.
@KimKardashian I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than-— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) March 7, 2016
@KimKardashian - just our bodies.— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) March 7, 2016
And Pink had something to say, too.
First, Kim had shade:
Then Kim had jokes:
let's all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. your nylon cover is cute boo— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 8, 2016
People, understandably, took umbrage with the fact that this battle was taking place, of all days, on International Women’s Day. So Kim took to her website to fully respond.
Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.
I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?
It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!
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.
Let’s move on, already. I have.
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 feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.
It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.
I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.
This is a layered discussion, to say the least.
Layer 1: Women should not be used for or reduced to just their physical forms.
Layer 2: Women should not be sexualized without their consent or involvement.
Layer 3: Women should not tell other women how to live their lives or diminish certain behaviors down to “just for attention,” particularly when said women have also appeared nude in photographs.
Layer 4: If a woman feels empowered by sharing her physical form on her own, be it for attention or otherwise, especially when that woman has been body-shamed her entire public life, why should we be bothered by that?
For those of you ready to brush this whole thing off as “who cares, it’s just the Kardashians?” it’s more than that. This is the exact kind of thinking that has diminished the lives of sex workers and women in general. Let women live their goddamn lives already. If you don’t like naked women, or if you only like naked women when they’re well-behaved or likeable, or, to make this clearer, you only like women when they’re well-behaved or likeable, that’s a bigger problem than “I just don’t like the Kardashians.”
In the words of Kimmy herself…