“Men have never had to deal with that objectification.”
In the wake of Kim Kardashian’s epic nude selfie last week, musician and performance artist Peaches has thrown her support behind the reality TV star.
Last week on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Peaches insisted she had no problem with Kim taking her clothes off, and stated the outrage about her picture was entrenched in the norms forced on women from a patriarchal society.
Although Kim asserts she posted the photo to empower women and celebrate her body, she received a helluva lot of backlash from media and celebrities alike. Bette Midler and Chloe Grace Moretz were among the biggest names to slam the Kardashian frontrunner. However, Peaches wasn’t having a bar of it.
“It’s really complicated for women because not only do we have to deal with being objectified, but then deal with being empowered, and then deal with being called a bitch for being empowered or whatever it is,” stated the musician, appropriately wearing a T-shirt with cartoon breasts painted on the front. “But also [we have to] acknowledge that men have never had to deal with that objectification. It just doesn’t work that way.”
Peaches also poignantly pointed out the glaring double standard surrounding the issue, referring to Justin Bieber’s notorious naked selfie of 2015.
“You know, Justin Bieber also tweeted a naked photo of himself, and none of this happened,” she pointed out.
In defence of her controversial post, Kim Kardashian wrote an essay and broadcast it on her website, conveying similar sentiments.
‘In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime – and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?’ she writes.
‘I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. 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 … I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.’
Here’s the thing: I don’t know what Kim Kardashian’s motives were behind the naked selfie.
Maybe she felt insecure, maybe it was for publicity, maybe she was just bored. But what I do know is that I don’t care. Seriously, I do not care at all. If Kimmy K wants to post naked pictures of herself, all power to her. But why we are still talking about it a week later I have no idea. However, if on some strange narcissistic level Kim encourages a few women to be positive about their bodies, or if Peaches has generated discussion about double standards in female objectification, that’s awesome. But can we please, please put this issue to bed now?
Comment: Are you a fan of Kim K’s naked selfie, or do you think she should put it away?