Perspectives: Kim Kardashian Is a Feminist No Matter How Many Nude Selfies She Posts

Kim Kardashian took to her website to post a response to all the noise surrounding some naked selfies she recently posted online. Since she posted the naked pics to her Instagram account, everyone has had an opinion, from Bette Midler to Piers Morgan to even Pink. You may not kare care for the Kardashians -- you may even find Kim posting nude selfies to her social accounts inappropriate -- but here's the thing: It's her life and she can do what she wants. 


Here's what Kim had to say to all the haters out there (the tweets she refers to are the responses she had to several of her online critics): 

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.

Exacula. Kim is a celebrity. She has chosen to live her life in the public eye. But that doesn't mean the public can dictate how she lives her life. And if someone doesn't like it, it's as easy as not paying attention to the snaps -- like this one -- that she posts on social media.

When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

She continues in her response:

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?

For real. There are so many things to get "upset" about in the world, and this is what people are causing a firestorm over?

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And then Kim broached the topic that people think gives them a right to judge her more openly and harshly than they do with other women:

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.

Yeah, I'd like to see a show of hands of women who haven't done something amazingly stupid in their lives. Maybe it wasn't a sex tape, but we have all done things we regret. Kim, like many of us, has moved on from those regrets:

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.


A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Sure, Kim posting naked selfies may not empower girls and women -- at least not in any profound, life-changing way -- but maybe her realizing she has this platform and this audience means that she will start using her huge reach for good. I'd like to think that it already has started:

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.

Not gonna lie, this part made me all teary. Anyone who has a mom and sisters and a daughter and who cares about women and girls' issues can relate to this. And Kim nailed it:

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.


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Having a sex tape doesn't mean you aren't a feminist; it just means you have a sex tape. Posting nude selfies doesn't mean you aren't a feminist; it just means you posted some nude selfies. And even though Kim doesn't come right out and say she is a feminist in her above manifesto, by speaking about empowering women and girls and stopping slut-shaming, she is talking about what so many self-proclaimed feminists agree with.

I've never understood why women are so quick to tear other women down. We live with this harassment and objectification from men on a daily basis, and we know how lousy that feels, so why would we turn around and do that to another woman, for whatever reason? Kim K's nude pics don't affect you. They don't harm you or hurt your life in any way. If you don't feel like she is an appropriate role model for your daughter, then find another role model. But like Kim says above, it's her life, and there is nothing more feminist than living your life exactly how you choose, naked or not. 

Pieces in our Perspectives series reflect the views of the writer.

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