Kardashian Kicks Up Dust on Body Image Debate

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Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie. Yes, that should have been met with a collective yawn, but of course it wasn’t. First, a few celebrities threw some shade, including Bette Midler. Once Midler doubled down on it, the issue became “nudity for the greater good.”

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Posted by Bette Midler on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

For better or worse, the nude selfie issue caused another celebrity to bare all, sticking with the general feeling that women should not be ashamed to show themselves, regardless of age. Sharon Osbourne added her photo to the mix.

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Posted by Sharon Osbourne on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

If the message about invalidating anyone who “body shames” anyone wasn’t clear enough from those celebrities, one who probably would be the last one to support Kardashian spoke up on ABC’s Nightline. Amber Rose, who previously dated Kardashian’s husband Kanye West, stepped up in defense of her.

As for the voice of being proud of more than just one’s appearance, that message was delivered by pop singer, P!nk.

While these women are taking slightly different views of the issue of body image for women, one common thread prevails. Whether or not anyone agrees with how a woman feels about her body, and how she presents herself in public, it’s not appropriate to judge any woman’s choices. It is true that there can be negative consequences for some behaviors, and simply being female doesn’t excuse anyone from those, no matter how much an activists may wish it otherwise. Showing skin is not license for anyone to take advantage of women sexually, period. All of this is about choices, and overcoming fear and hatred, though. With few exceptions, the shaming of women who decide to be proud of their bodies is really all about those two things – fear and hatred.

Oddly enough, the youngest one who has decided to weigh in on body image might be the wisest. Daisy Ridley responded to her detractors, when they suggested that she was offering a bad message to girls about self image, simply because she is thin.

More importantly, once she delivered her reply, Ridley told her fans that she didn’t want the people who picked on her to be targeted by anyone. To her, the argument is over, and it is time to move on. Are you paying attention, ladies?

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