Why Kim Kardashian Is One Of My Feminist Icons

Why Kim Kardashian Is One Of My Feminist Icons

Or, can we all chill a little with the hate?

I’d like to start this article with a disclaimer, because it really, really needs one. Kim Kardashian is in no way a perfect example of feminism. She hardly represents an inclusive, intersectional community of women and rarely speaks on the issues women face.

She has been deeply involved in cultural appropriation and consistently fails to use her platform to stand up for marginalized groups (although this has improved somewhat with the birth of her daughter). But if you subscribe to what Roxanne Gay calls "essentialist feminism" and are waiting for a perfect feminist icon, I hate to break it to you, but you are going to be waiting for a long time. It is easy to find very valid reasons that a human is not perfect. And Kim Kardashian is human.

It would be easy to dismiss the Kardashian Kulture as a toxic concession to the male gaze, but I think that ignores the complexities of success. The Kardashians are women who have built an empire on the power of women. Even if you do not agree with their lifestyle, it is remarkable they have had the success needed to live it.

And yes, they hardly are a diverse representation of women, but in a world where women are only 12 percent of the protagonists in films, it is still noteworthy a TV show exists with 7 female leads and no consistent male lead. The Kardashians are never second stage to the men in their lives. And if you don’t believe me, ask yourself if Scott Disick is even relevant anymore.

I hate that I used to find this photo funny... Slut shaming is super not cool, kids.

In 2007, a four-year-old sex tape of Kim Kardashian was released without her consent. Which, in case there is any confusion, makes Kardashian the victim of a massive invasion of privacy that definitely feels criminal, although the legislation on the matter is vague.

However, as I’m sure you know, the public reacted to the leak by holding Kardashian to blame for… having consensual sex? I’m still unclear about that part. But instead of crawling into a hole and trying to forget it ever happened, Kardashian turned the crime into a multi-million dollar media empire and one of the most recognizable brands of this century.

And yet, somehow the general public feels that does not reflect tenacity and business acumen, but instead reflects a Cersei Lannister-esque premeditated plan for media domination by a talentless female.

But as the thousands of penniless porn stars show, very few people have been able to turn a sex tape into a fortune, leading me to believe there exists a very unique Kim Kardashian factor (aided, of course, by her family money).

She made the best of a bad situation, and no matter what you think, the Kardashians will continue to disobey our societal expectations of how a woman should act.

Iconic.

The very day I sat down to write this article I had already heard two quips about the Kardashians. The first was in response to the untimely death of Prince, that God should stop taking our “legends” and that we “offer him the Kardashians instead.”

The second was that the world would be a lot “better” if O.J. Simpson had killed 13-year-old Kim Kardashian instead. And I go to a women’s college. How has this culture of hate grown so blatantly accepted? The Kardashians are hardly relatable, but the universally agreed sentiment that they are devil spawn is quite a stretch for me.

"Everyone's body is different, every pregnancy is very different! I've learned to love my body at every stage! I'm going to get even bigger & that's beautiful too!" - @kimkardashian



Kim Kardashian is a mother unembarrassed of her sexuality, a successful entrepreneur, and a human strong enough to withstand a decade of victim-blaming. And if that does not impress you, I can not wait to meet your dinner guests because they must be phenomenal.

I, on the other hand, wish I could be a little more Kardashian in my everyday life. I grew up trying to avoid the traits of traditional femininity because I felt it made me weak. In elementary school, I rejected skirts and judged women who wore makeup for, ironically, what I thought was them succumbing to sexism.

This internalized misogyny still perpetuates in my life, but somehow the Kardashians, despite the media pressure they face, have never apologized for being women. The are successful while being unabashedly feminine.

The Kardashian lifestyle might be ridiculously decadent and unattainable, but I for one would love to unapologetically take selfies, be proud the way I look without being embarrassed of acting vain, and not base my actions on the expectations of others. In short, I would like to incorporate a little Kim Kardashian in my daily life.

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Facing The Giants In Life

"Remember God has already overcame the World"

Through life we face many giants or mountains...some small and others large. Most of the time we think that God should just remove the giants and that should be it...I mean he is the all powerful God who can do anything right? While this is true he also, wants us to climb the mountains and face our giants, because he gives us battles bigger than ourselves to show that all things are possible with him. But God won't leave us to conquer alone but be our strength or you might say our armor throughout the battles.  For example the story of David and Goliath that many of you have heard but probably never had really broken down before. 

(1 Samuel 17:3) This story starts out with a valley between two mountains and the description of Goliath, a destructible, merciful giant. No one in Israel wanted to fight this giant, except one unlikely person David. He was just regular individual who was a slinger, how could he possibly kill this giant? And of course the King said that David was no match to defeat Goliath, and David started to tell about how he kept his father's sheep and how he had to fight off lions and bears, and if God can deliver him from those then he can deliver him from this giant. So the King sent him to fight. David started out in the armor that was chosen for him but decided that he had to be himself to conquer this giant and most of all have faith in God. So he chose 5 smooth stones and a sling, and went over near Goliath. He knew he had to keep his distance, and while Goliath had a sword and shield, David had a sling, rocks and the power of God. The battle didn't last very long, and ended in a victory of David after hitting the giant in the forehead with a stone.

 I love this story because it is such a good example of facing the giants and mountains in life. Yes, they may be larger then you are but you have to keep in mind that your God is bigger. You have to put on God's armor, stand firm, and keep climbing. You have to always be prepared and evaluate your focus and make sure your focused on God by spending time with him in different ways. A quote that I heard while watching a video by Jordan Lee Dooley said "Focus on your giants and you stumble, focus on God and your giants will tumble." And this quote is so perfect because you can't focus on what the enemy is telling you because he will always find ways to say your not strong enough, your not big enough, you are not able, like the King told David (1 Samuel 17:33).  But through the climb and battles always remember God has already overcame the World. 

~Shay 


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I'm Pro-Life, Just Not In The Way You Think

It is another thing entirely to work for the rights of humans after they are born.

This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade that decided that a woman has the right to seek an abortion legally if she wishes to terminate her pregnancy.

Since 1973, this case has stirred up a lot of controversies, with many failed attempts to repeal the initial Supreme Court decision and both sides fighting for modifications to the initial bill, that would make abortion either more or less accessible.

The gravity of this debate has created a deep rift between people who identify as pro-life versus those who consider themselves pro-choice. Each side has vilified the other and there appears to be no hope of finding a common ground.

As someone who grew up in a deeply religious family, surrounded by people who have been deeply involved in the pro-life movement, I was exposed to these ideas from a pretty early age.

I know what it's like to be surrounded by people who wholeheartedly believe that a fetus deserves the human rights afforded to people who are already born.

These are good people.

I've also attended a fairly liberal university in California. I've worked with a poor immigrant community. I've volunteered in a hospital for people who cannot afford health care. I know what it's like to buy a pregnancy test in terror that it may turn up positive. I've seen what it's like to feel like abortion is your only option.

These are good people.

I don't know now where I fall when it comes to this issue. I guess I'd call myself pro-choice solely because I do not feel that I have the authority to tell another woman what decision she should make for herself and her family.

I love babies. I always have and I always will. I'm not a fan of abortion. If I could save every single baby, believe me, I would.

I agree with the end goal of the pro-life movement, but I disagree fundamentally with every way that they go about to achieve that end goal and I do not understand the correlation between people who fight for a child to be born, but will not fight for that child's rights after birth or when they find themselves in their own unwanted pregnancy. I am not pro-abortion, but I am pro-choice.

It is one thing to call yourself pro-life and to spend your Saturday mornings outside of a Planned Parenthood, either praying peacefully or harassing the women that have come to seek health care (hint: most actually aren't there for an abortion).

It is another thing entirely to work for the rights of humans after they are born; to fight to dismantle the social structures that led these women not to want to be pregnant in the first place; to promote a society that sets women and children and families up to succeed.

I know that birth control and comprehensive sex education help lower abortion rates. A movement that wants to prevent abortions but also tries to prevent these resources isn't focusing solely on abortion prevention, they're relying on sexual oppression to achieve their goal. And it's backfiring.

I'm pro-life. Just not in the way you're thinking of.

I'm pro-life for the over 20% of American children that are living in poverty.

I'm pro-life for the black men who are arrested at an extraordinary rate for largely non-violent offenses.

I'm pro-life for the 40,000 veterans that have fought to serve our country and then end up on the streets every night when they get home.

I'm pro-life for the 63,000 children who are sexually abused every year.

I'm pro-life for the men and women who need food stamps to feed their families.

I'm pro-life for the 45,000 people who die and will continue to die every year because they can't afford health coverage.

I'm pro-life for the 1 in 6 women who will be raped in her lifetime.

I'm pro-life for the immigrants in this country, both those who are here legally and those who are not, that are taken advantage of because of their vulnerable position in society.

I’m pro-life for the members of the LGBT+ community that are discriminated against and that commit suicide at alarmingly rates as a result of the harassment they receive.

I'm pro-life for the young women who find themselves pregnant in a situation that they cannot afford, that is dangerous for them or their families, and that would make their lives even more difficult. I stand by them and I advocate for their right to choose, even if that choice is not one that I would make for myself.

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