I have to say that with all the bosoms and booties going on display these days, I’ve been having mixed feelings. I’ve been asking myself: Why am I so upset? And more importantly: Why has the public given much scrutiny to these body parts—and their owners?
As a feminist, these days of social media are leaving me quite conflicted. Naked celebrities have been featured through different medias. And I believe that every woman and man has the right to go naked wherever they choose, be it in Playboy, on the cover of Paper, or on the beach.
So, in principle, there should be nothing wrong with Kim’s buttocks, retouched or not, or even her breasts. A sort of titillation, like looking at Playboy. When Dita Von Teese bears her barely covered breasts, is that wrong somehow? No. But, there is a difference between Dita and Kim, and let me explain.
Kim seems to be very good at showing her body and face. But I’m often wondering where is her voice? What does Kim have to say? That a voluptuous body, great hair, not to mention contouring, are important to land a wealthy husband and the cover of American Vogue and to have a large social media following? Well that is what she is in actuality saying.
Most celebrities use their fame to give voice to causes that are important to them, yet the only cause that Kim seems to be supporting is herself and her image.
That she bared her behind was very far from shocking. If say, Hilary Rodham Clinton would have been in the buff—now that would have been shocking! And I can easily imagine all the crude remarks and memes that would have ensued over her middle-aged body.
Then, there is Madonna. Let’s face it: we’ve all seen her naked before. But since her Confessions tour she has fallen into the trap of exchanging nudity for fame. Madonna’s nakedness used to have meaning to it. These days, you can just chalk her up to the Hiltons, Kardashians and Cyruses. And worst of all: as a mother herself, she is reinforcing a message that, as women, we often hear: it’s better to sexy and pretty than to actually have a voice.