Sunday 19 November 2017

Rosemary MacCabe: 'No Kim, it's not slut shaming - we just don't like you'

Kim Kardashian West posted this nude photo to Instagram
Kim Kardashian West posted this nude photo to Instagram
TV personality Kim Kardashian attends LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian posted this 'belfie' to show her post-pregnancy weight loss. (Instagram/Kim Kardashian)
Kim Kardashian is seen in Midtown on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alessio Botticelli/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Television Personality Kim Kardashian attends the InStyle Awards at Getty Center on October 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for InStyle)
Kim Kardashian posted this nude photo

Rosemary MacCabe

“I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.”

There are a lot of people who could utter this statement and get away with it. Kim Kardashian – whose entire livelihood is based on people being bothered by what she does with her life – is not one of them.

This is, of course, from Kim's open letter – penned this week to the people of the world – as a response to their outrage surrounding a naked selfie she uploaded to Twitter, captioned “When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL”.

In it, Kim claims that, “I am empowered by my body... It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming – it's like, enough is enough.”

#liberated

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

In one way, of course, she's right - who are we to tell another woman what to do with her body, and to attempt to make her feel ashamed about feeling proud of a bod that is undeniably bangin' and, has produced two children, North (two) and Saint (three months)?

But in another – rather significant – way, Kim's missed the point entirely. For a lot of us, we're not horrified that Kim is proud of her body, nor do we give two hoots about what empowers her. It might just come down to this: Kim Kardashian, we find your naked selfie – and your determination to show the world how gorgeous you are – vulgar and distasteful.

It's no huge surprise that she doesn't get it – hers is a confusion shared by a whole host of “online influencers” and celebrities alike. Disagree with what they do or how they do it – or, worse, express the fact that you think they're a bit tacky / clueless / ignorant – and the word “shaming” is quickly tacked on to whatever horse they can hitch their wagon to. “Stop body shaming me!” “I'm so tired of being slut shamed. #sadface”

Empowerment is another great buzzword thrown around to quiet dissenters: “I'm an empowered woman exercising my choice.” Er, no, love; you're a hot 30-something showing off your body.

Kim Kardashian posted this 'belfie' to show her post-pregnancy weight loss. (Instagram/Kim Kardashian)
Kim Kardashian posted this 'belfie' to show her post-pregnancy weight loss. (Instagram/Kim Kardashian)

And y'know what? That's fine – show off your body all you like. Just don't expect us to row in with your ideas of feminine empowerment.

As for the idea that, “if you've nothing nice to say, say nothing at all”, unless you're seven years old, that no longer holds any sway. As humans, we are thoughtful, critical beings – and if you're making your living from appealing to the public, whether as a blogger or a reality TV star, you've got to expect your adoring public to speak up every now and again.

It doesn't mean we're trying to “shame” you; we're just not buying what you're selling. It's called customer feedback – and sometimes, it might be worth taking it on board.

TV personality Kim Kardashian attends LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
TV personality Kim Kardashian attends LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala Honoring James Turrell and Alejandro G Iñárritu, Presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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