When You Tell a Woman to Keep Her Clothes On, Are You Slut-Shaming?

When You Tell a Woman to Keep Her Clothes On, Are You Slut-Shaming? By Chelsea Samelson.

In case you missed it amidst the chaos of the upcoming presidential election, there’s an equally epic war raging on social media about naked photos, slut shaming, and feminism. Kim Kardashian keeps putting on a Twitter strip show, posting fully or partially nude photos of herself, which has led to vocal backlash and critical comments from many people, which of course quickly led to accusations of slut-shaming from many others who rallied to Kim’s cause in the name of equal rights and female “sexual empowerment,” whatever that is.

Last week, after Kim and a gal-pal posed topless whilst flipping the bird, British journalist Piers Morgan lost it. “Classy ladies. Real classy,” he wrote. “If women genuinely think this photo advocated women’s rights and equality, then feminism as it was intended is dead.” He was, of course, promptly slammed (again) for slut shaming. But is he right? Is feminism dead?

Kim is perhaps the most popular female celebrity in the world and yet she embodies precisely what feminism fights against — that women are nothing more than their bodies.

She has done a truly impressive job of showing and telling the world that she sees herself as a physically attractive body, but nothing else. Her existence is her appearance, and she lives for validation of her sexiness and desirability. What else can she say she does other than completely shun the philosophy that women can actually do better than taking naked selfies of themselves in the bathroom?

(Sorry, feminists, having others manage your reality TV career and endorsement deals doesn’t make you a businesswoman). …

So it’s easy to understand and share Piers Morgan’s sense of hopelessness for American women and girls: Their Instagram role models are not telling them to be smart and free and ambitious and classy, but rather to use their hard-earned equal rights to get naked.

This may very well be the saddest, most supreme irony of our times: A woman can do anything in the world she wants to do, and yet many of our most popular and powerful women pour their time, energy, and wealth into stripping for strangers, seeking their approval and then adding a hashtag like #empowered.

The feminists struggle with reality, part 57.