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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 6, 2014, 06:36 AM

19. From my understanding....

If she has done porn, been on magazine covers dressed certain ways, etc, she has exploited all women by feeding into patriarchal roles and stoking misogyny through images she puts forth of how women should look in society (nice dresses, makeup, high heels, how she interacts with others on her show.) So her victims are countless.

From Jezebel:

Kim has used her windfall in the genetics lottery to establish herself as one of the sexiest, most desired women in the world. That's fine. But by positioning herself that way there's an implication that other women who don't look like her are inferior. Perhaps it's unfair to blame Kim for that. Except it's not.

The fact of the matter is that nearly all of her endorsement deals and licensing projects have been based on commodifying women's insecurities—the same insecurities to which she actively contributes. QuickTrim, those sneakers that are supposed to help you have a nice ass that turned out to be completely bogus, makeup, fragrances, skincare, etc. They're all products that promise aesthetic perfection (literally). It's almost unethical, like someone breaking your legs and then trying to sell you crutches.

Those narrow and often times impossible beauty standards play so hard into the patriarchy that it's ludicrous to use them as an example of a feminist business model.


This was complimented by a similar discussion elsewhere:

The feminist selfie has been getting a whole lot of play on Twitter and Instagram. Erin Glorida Ryan wrote in her piece “Selfies Aren’t Empowering. They’re a Cry for Help” for Jezebel: “Selfies aren’t empowering; they’re a high tech reflection of the f*#ked up way society teaches women that their most important quality is their physical attractiveness.” (note the mention of Kim's Book/selfies in the OP).



Are we supposed to be shocked that she owns her own body and uses her own image as she sees fit? Yet are we supposed to be as shocked by a swimsuit model who who would otherwise appear on a magazine cover for a sports magazine or in someone else's movie production? If not, why not?

As far as I am concerned, their body, their choice, not my business and more power to them.

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