Kim Kardashian divulged to a reporter this week that all the fat jokes have been bothering her and that she’s only 140 lbs and she’s been eating a lot of vegetables lately, okay?? Also, there’s a baby inside of her!
The fat-shaming that has followed Kim Kardashian is in some ways more of the same — more of what we saw with Jessica Simpson — but it’s much, much more. Both the volume of stories about Kardashian’s body and what headlines say about it remind us how acceptable it has become to talk publicly about an individual woman’s appearance in terrible ways. Why does this happen?
These articles also demonstrate how having a female body that is anything other than thin — whether it be average, overweight or simply pregnant — is being cast as both a crime and a punishment.
Here’s what one tabloid had said about Kardashian over the last few weeks:
Star considers Kim’s supposed 65-pound weight gain to be a “nightmare.”
You can argue that Kim Kardashian of all people welcomes any press, good or bad -but this is about way more than her. Bloggers Emma Gray and Margaret Wheeler Johsnson say, ” It’s about portraying weight gain as a central tragedy in a woman’s life, the cause of meltdowns and the source of insults, that then must be fought with extreme diets — even “while she’s pregnant.” It doesn’t take much for the average female supermarket-goer to think to herself, “Do people think that about me?” And just like that, weight has become a central drama in her life too.”
“These headlines affect us all, even when we tell ourselves we aren’t paying attention, that we write them off as trash. They leak into the cultural ether and affect how women see themselves and other women and how much time and thought and energy women put into fixing bodies that aren’t broken. When will we acknowledge that all of us, even Kim Kardashian, deserve to spend our lives thinking less about how we look and more about what we can do — and that the former definitely gets in the way of the latter?”
READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emma-gray/kim-kardashian-pregnancy-weight-fat-shaming_b_2951324.html
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