I hear it all the time about reality TV stars: You put yourself out there, you have to be prepared to get ridiculed. And for the most part, I agree with that idea. But I think that ridicule can go too far and we forget that even reality TV stars are human beings. All that pregnancy fat-shaming Kim Kardashian suffered "really hurt my soul," she told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Hurt her soul, you guys.
Now don't roll your eyes. I really do think people went too far. How much too far? We actually made Kim want to live a MORE PRIVATE life. "It changed how I am in public," Kim told Leno. "I've tried to live more of a private life." I don't care who it is, it's simply unhealthy for any woman to be ridiculed for her body. And it's unhealthy for us to do it.
You could justify it by pointing out that now Kim wants to be in Playboy magazine again. And she told Leno that now-infamous white swimsuit selfie she tweeted the other day was her "big middle finger to the world." She claims she got her self-confidence back after she lost all that weight. But come on. Posting a scantily-clad photo of yourself as an act of hostility to the people who have hurt you is a pretty effed-up thing to do.
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I don't want to go into Kim's psychology, or why she needs our approval at all. I'm just pointing out that we need to be more careful about women's self-image issues -- all women's. Fat shaming hurts all of our souls. It affects all of us, those of us who do it, and those of us who witness that fat-shaming and feel like we're living in a hostile world that hates any woman's body that doesn't conform to unrealistic standards of beauty.
Do you care that the pregnancy fat-shaming hurt Kim Kardashian, or do you think she should have thicker skin as a reality TV star?
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