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The Slut-Shaming of Kim Kardashian – Lara Witt

(Disclaimer: I am well aware that Kim Kardashian is problematic. As a WoC, I hate how she and her family rip off styles and physical attributes from PoC only to be deemed as the creators of those styles, but that is a whole other essay. I will still not stand by and let people tear down a woman for her sexual agency.)

I am not here for feminists who shame Kim Kardashian for her nudes. I am not here for your internalized misogyny and your pre-packaged idea of what makes the ideal woman. Women are not here to be reflections of what we deem to be good, sweet, maternal and chaste.

Can’t you see that when we attempt to determine what the ideal feminist looks like, that so often we end up doing the very same things to ourselves that patriarchy has taught us to do the second that we left the womb.

I am not here for feminists who claim that Kim Kardashian isn’t worthy of respect because she loves herself and her body and shares it with a world that is so hungry for her.

I am not here for that brand of feminism, which just ends up sounding like sexism to my ears.

When we tell women that their nudity automatically deems them unworthy of respect, we’ve already begun vocalizing words heard so often in rape culture. Can you not see the parallels between telling Kim Kardashian that she is a slut for sharing her nudes with telling a rape survivor that they shouldn’t have worn that dress if they didn’t want to get assaulted?


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Rape culture is a slippery slope and those comments eventually go from being words to ideologies where violence against women is permissible.

Kim Kardashian did not have her nudes leaked, she released them herself, with her own power. She has built an empire on her image, and yet, I keep hearing that she’s nothing but a “slut” and a “whore.” Is she those things because she does what she does without caring about our ideals of what is cookie-cutter wholesome good?

Chloe Moretz tweeted that she thought it was a poor use of Kim K’s platform to show her body and that it was her responsibility to be a better role model for young women and girls. Why is being a sexual woman without the prompting of the male gaze a poor example to young women? Why demonize female sexuality if only to keep us in the dark about the power and beauty of our bodies?

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I was perplexed at Ms. Moretz seemingly poor knowledge of the Kardashian marketing machine which really began with sexual appeal and imagery. It seems women are not allowed to be more than what we want to attribute to them.

I am not here for feminists who shame Kim K for her nudes only to declare how empowered Lena Dunham is for sharing her nudity on Instagram and the show Girls. I understand that it may be revolutionary in the sense that Dunham does not fit the standards of beauty, but there is very little good in shaming one over the other all in the name of feminism.

Why can’t we be sexual and worthy of respect as well? Why must we constantly navigate the walls of shame built by patriarchy centuries ago? Women are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

It is important for us as feminists to dismantle internalized misogyny in order to recognize slut shaming when we see it. It is necessary for us to end idea that self-love and sexuality is degrading because we cannot end rape culture if we continue to tell young women that respect and sexuality are mutually exclusive.

Following the massive twitter storm and reactions after she posted her nudes on Monday, Kardashian published an essay on her website as a response to the slut-shaming and criticism:

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Following this public statement, in a post that would make any pop-culture feminist analysts incredible happy, Amber Rose showed her public support for Kim on Wednesday. Seeing such solidarity from Rose, who was publicly slut-shamed by Kanye West who is Kardashian’s husband, was inspiring:

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Lara Witt a freelance journalist who was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland by her Kenyan/Indian mother and American father. She earned her undergrad degree in Journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia where she became obsessed with Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, and Patricia Hill Collins.

After writing for Philadelphia Citypaper and The Philadelphia Daily News, Lara decided to focus her efforts on pro-intersectional feminist activism and social justice issues through research, writing and social media. As a recovering rape survivor, her stories focus on amplifying the voices of the under-represented.
Spare moments in her life are spent snuggling her husband and their big fat dog as well as plotting the destructing of white supremacy and patriarchy.
  • Very well-written, and great points made. I’ve never understood slut-shaming, due to all the points you made, and because the term “slut” in itself is so subjective it’s ridiculous. Basically it’s a very uneducated and judgmental thing to say, and serves zero positive purpose.

    However, in the same breath I will say that I refer to some men as sluts. In my own subjectivity, I define a slut as someone who will have sex with mostly anyone, and who will be dishonest and scummy in order to do so. However, that does not mean my definition is the correct one. I also make sure that the man I’m referring to as a slut knows my particular definition.

    If you have a hot body, and can build an empire off of it while remaining true to yourself, I say go for it. No shame.

  • COMMENTS (2)

    1. […] Simonson notes, “What about dangerous and violent gendered language against women? Surely someone like Lara would never slut-shame, right? It’s not like she’s specifically written articles attacking people who slut shamed Kim Kardashia….” […]

    2. Kim 31 December - 2016

      Very well-written, and great points made. I’ve never understood slut-shaming, due to all the points you made, and because the term “slut” in itself is so subjective it’s ridiculous. Basically it’s a very uneducated and judgmental thing to say, and serves zero positive purpose.

      However, in the same breath I will say that I refer to some men as sluts. In my own subjectivity, I define a slut as someone who will have sex with mostly anyone, and who will be dishonest and scummy in order to do so. However, that does not mean my definition is the correct one. I also make sure that the man I’m referring to as a slut knows my particular definition.

      If you have a hot body, and can build an empire off of it while remaining true to yourself, I say go for it. No shame.

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