Kim Kardashian's Open Letter About Being Sexy Is Actually Very Important
In case you're behind on the latest Kardashian saga, here's a quick recap.
After posting a nude mirror selfie to her Instagram on Monday, Kim Kardashian faced an onslaught of opinions ranging from support to disgust.
Among those who felt the need to comment, Chloë Moretz called her out for not being a good role model, and Bette Midler made a joke about seeing Kim's insides.
(BTW, Moretz needs to learn about that 140-character thing.)
In response, Kim went on a bit of a Twitter spree, joking it was past Midler's bedtime and that nobody knows who Moretz is.
Some worried she was pulling a full-blown Kanye, while others were convinced someone hacked her account.
Alas, it was all Kim K.
So, now that you're caught up, here's where it actually gets important. In light of International Women's Day, Kim Kardashian posted an open letter to her website Tuesday afternoon titled, "I Am Allowed To Be Sexy."
I'm not about to pay $2.99 a month to read it, but we'll take Cosmopolitan's word for it since they do. In what appears to be a well-written, thoughtful piece, Kim cuts through the noise to deliver a serious feminist argument.
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?
For those trying to shut Kim down with the sex tape scandal, she has some choice words:
I shouldn't have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.
And then there's this:
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.
Hear that, haters? She concludes her letter on a powerful note, writing,
It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it's like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me. I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.
As much as people want to hate on Kim K's social status and disparage her rise to fame, there's no ignoring the truth of this open letter. She makes too many good points and puts them too plainly to be misconstrued.
It is about time we put an end to the nonstop critiquing of the female form and allow women to express themselves in whatever way they please. In a modern world where women are treated as equals, posting a nude selfie shouldn't be considered a controversial or political move.
Whether she chooses to exist in the public eye, walk around butt-naked or join a nunnery, no woman deserves to be picked apart ceaselessly for her benign actions.
Kim Kardashian is doing her part to get that message across. Shouldn't we?