Dear Kim Kardashian: No Your Nude Selfie is Not “Empowering”

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    Dear Kim Kardashian:

    Gloria Steinem must be turning over in her grave right now (I know she’s alive, but still). Earlier this week, you made another attempt to break the internet by posting a completely nude selfie. Predictably the internet went nuts – because that’s what the internet does for internet stars.

    It’s not surprising or even shocking anymore. We get it. This is what you do. But please – for the love of Kanye – will you please stop trying to convince us your naked coochie is “empowering”?

    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.”

    Uh, gross.

    Give me a break. You’re proud of your flaws? Is that why you posted a filtered and painfully posed bathroom selfie? Because you’re empowered by your flaws? Yes, I’m sure all of the girls and women all over the world without Photoshop, personal trainers, chefs, makeup artists, hair dressers and cocaine dealers feel incredibly empowered by your definition of “flaws.”

    Honey, a slutty bathroom nude is not empowering girls and women all over the world. You know what an empowering woman looks like?

    Malala Yousafzai, the young Afghani girl who was shot in the head for having the audacity to go to school. Now she educates, inspires and advocates for oppressed women and girls across the planet. That’s empowering and we’ve never once had to see her boobs.

    Harriet Tubman – now there’s an inspiring woman. We all know what she did for the Underground Railway to rescue slaves, but did you know she also served as a nurse for the union army during the Civil War? She cooked for them, too. She was even a spy! She was also an activist in the suffrage movement (that’s the fight for women’s voting rights, in case you didn’t know) and worked right alongside Susan B. Anthony. History tells us Mrs. Tubman did not need to expose herself one time to accomplish all those things. Empowering.

    Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister. She fought her way into a career that was almost exclusively a men’s club and then marched all the way to the top to become the leader of her entire nation. Known for her hard line on communism and her uncompromising belief that government should serve the people instead of placing people in servitude, she was so tough she earned the nickname the “Iron Lady.” A nude Thatcher selfie would break the internet, probably literally. Alas, there are none.

    Strong women don’t allow themselves to be seen as merely sexual objects to be ogled.

    Your weak explanation of what you really meant isn’t just idiotic, it’s insulting. You think your fans and your critics are stupid. Let’s not pretend that you’re the Botoxed version of Oprah Winfrey. You are famous because of a sex tape. I commend you for taking advantage of all that and spinning it into a ridiculously lucrative career, but people don’t pay millions of dollars to put your greasy ass on the cover of magazines because they love your “empowerment.” Just stop.

    I have an 8-year-old daughter. She’s the light of our lives (as I’m sure your daughter is yours) and we have so many hopes and dreams for her. If I had to put your nudie next to a picture of Rosa Parks and ask her which one made her feel more powerful as a girl, she would pick Rosa Parks. I know this not just because of how we’ve raised her, but because as a beautiful, confident girl, she instinctively knows that exposing her body to countless strangers is demeaning. No man has ever looked at a woman posing seductively with no clothes on and said, “Wow, she looks likes a really strong and empowered woman.” I don’t know many women who have either.

    You are raising your daughter in Hollywood, a place notorious for employing child abusers and molesters. You must have dozens of friends who have been abused at the hands of scummy agents or producers promising the world. Do you really want to raise your little girl to think that getting naked for these type of people is a sign of her strength? Would that make you feel safe?

    I must echo recording artist Pink’s response to your pathetic attempt at spinning what is nothing more than a “brand” pushing her “brand.” There are many aspects to being a woman, many strengths that will propel us to success and happiness that aren’t connected in any way to our bodies. When you discover those things as a woman, it truly is empowering – the real definition of empowering. Your definition is sickening, at best … dangerous at worst.

    Your body is a gift, not a toy.

    Spare us your CliffsNotes version of feminism. Own who you are and what you are, but don’t piss on little girls everywhere and tell them it’s champagne.

    And please, can we PLEASE stop taking selfies in bathrooms!? I really don’t want to see sexy pictures of you in the same place you poop.

    Your clothed sister in womanhood,


    Photo by Vanessa Carvalho/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images

    Kira Davis is a writer, video blogger and homeschool mother of two. She has interviewed President Obama and appeared on Fox News, The BlazeTV and the Dr. Phil Show. Kira is a dog person but she owns a cat anyway. You can find her on Twitter @RealKiraDavis.

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