Posted on March 11, 2016

Why Can’t Society Make Up Its Mind About Nudity?


From breaking the Internet to infamous Twitter feuds with other celebrities, the Kardashian Klan has been known to bask in the spotlight concerning controversial issues. On Monday, a post-pregnancy Kim Kardashian posted a nude picture of herself using self-censored black bars over her body, with the caption, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL.” Needless to say, the world freaked out. Many people reposted the picture on their private social media page to show support while other celebrities, such as piers Morgan and Bette Midler, publicly expressed their disdain for the picture. The post quickly went viral, sparking conversations from feminists and body-positive activists. A popular argument claims the selfie is not about self-acceptance, but the negative message the photo sends to young women.

On Wednesday, British presenter and socialite Sharon Osbourne and reality star Courtney Stodden posted her own nude selfies to Instagram, joining the nude selfie movement to show support of Kim. Model Emily Ratajkowski came out in defense of Kardashian, who was pilloried by Morgan over her decision to post the pics.

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via Kim Kardashian’s Instagram

“Love when a man comments on a woman’s decision to post a nude photo. Her body, her career,” Ratajkowski tweeted Tuesday.

Kim explained, “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.”

She gave a shout-out to hubby Kanye West, who is “so accepting and supportive and who has given me a new found confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally,” and says that she wants daughter North West to “be proud of who she is.”

Is the outrage from the public really body shaming or it is simply calling for women to cover up for the sake of others? The public is mixed. While every women should be proud of their appearance, the repercussions of posting our bodies online is different for every woman. Everyone has the right to utilize their personal social media however they see fit, but is it okay for someone to expose themselves fully and then complain that they do not want to be seen as a sexual object?

The topic of double standards against men, women and sex within the media has been a hot topic for decades. In the 1960s “I Dream of Jeannie” viewers weren’t allowed to see Barbara Eden’s belly button. Janet Jackson’s accidental nip-slip during the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show sparked public outrage and became a household running joke. But on the flip side, it seems like men don’t receive as much scrutiny regarding sexual topics. ICYMI: Donald Trump for referenced the size of his penis as a dig against Marco Rubio during the March 3 GOP debate. While extremely inappropriate for a presidential debate, it didn’t generate nearly as much scrutiny as Kim’s picture. It was the topic of live tweets for the night, but hasn’t received as much consistent attention since then.

If we’re being honest, KimK’s post Monday wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before and should not have been this shocking. Her public life began with a sex tape. Even though the video may not have been on her terms, she bounced back and branded herself as a beauty and sex symbol through her own volition since then. She posed nude in Paper magazine and broke the Internet—completely on her terms. She made a book of selfies that showed off her bare body. Again, completely on her terms. She is very clearly proud of her body. Who are we to judge? She will likely post another nude photo. You’ll most likely look at it. And then we’ll be having this conversation again. What’s new?

Photo via: SheKnows

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