Kim Kardashian has broken the Internet once again with a nude Instagram selfie, but this time she has brought the issue of body-shaming to the forefront.
Kardashian posted the selfie with the caption “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL,” March 7, just three weeks after having her second child.
The selfie immediately sparked unfortunate controversy among her followers and nearly a month later hundreds of users continue to comment on her photo every day calling her a bad role model, mother and wife.
Many followers argued that the post is, “Inappropriate for the internet,” however; when child pornography and other gruesome images can easily be found through a search on Google, a woman’s body, mostly hidden behind black censorship bars, should not be considered inappropriate.
Fellow celebrities such as Bette Midler, Piers Morgan and Chloe Moretz did not hesitate to join in on the attacks against Kardashian on Twitter.
“I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies,” Moretz Tweeted.
We agree with Moretz that women are more than their bodies, however; that is exactly the message Kardashian-West was conveying by posting the selfie.
Kardashian is a successful businesswoman and her body does not define her career. While many argue that her sex tape made her famous, it did not create her businesses or the million dollar brand she has created for herself.
Kardashian deserves respect for her business ventures regardless of how she presents her body, because women should not have to be modest to be respected. As Moretz stated women are so much more than their bodies, so why judge someone on the way they choose to express theirs?
Women’s bodies are overly sexualized in the media daily, but when a woman willingly embraces her sexuality and shows confidence in her body she is criticized for it.
Justin Bieber, however; can post a picture from behind, completely nude, and he is praised with heart emojis and little to no backlash from celebrity peers. The double standard that men can be sexual beings but women cannot show their bodies is sexist and not a thought that should be well and alive in 2016.
Beginning in elementary school young girls are told to cover their bodies and the thought that their body is either distracting or inappropriate is driven into their heads until graduating from high school, 12 years later. It is about time that young girls are given an example that can teach them their body is not something to be ashamed of.
Let women embrace their bodies without any criticism for a change.
Women can show off their sexuality the way they want and deserve, not the way society tells them to. They should be encouraged to be confident in their body the way Kardashian is when she responds to her haters with “I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.”
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