Pigs are Flying: Gloria Steinem Defends Kim Kardashian
5:05 pm, April 13th | by Meredith Lepore
Well I never thought this day would come. The wonderful, amazing and iconic Gloria Steinem is sticking up for Kim Kardashian. Actually she is indirectly sticking up for Kim by defending all pregnant women against body shaming.
Steinem told Us Weekly, “Our bodies are never public property under any circumstance. It’s wrong, and people in the street who feel the right to touch a pregnant woman’s belly ought to be arrested for harassment. Our bodies belong to us, and if we don’t invite touching, we shouldn’t tolerate it.”
“If our bodies are treated as ornaments instead of instruments, that’s because we are rebelling because it’s an effort to distract us,” she added. “So don’t be distracted. Why bother getting caught up in that?”
So technically Gloria didn’t even use Kim’s name but who else is getting criticized for her weight like crazy right now. In Gloria’s brilliant statement she is also defending women like Kate Middleton and Rachel Zoe who got criticized for being too thin when they were pregnant.
Dare I say, Kim has been criticized even more than Jessica Simpson for her weight gain,
The real problem is if we keep critiquing celebrities for essentially being human (and she does a lot of things that aren’t human or normal which are fine to criticize) then why shouldn’t someone call us fat? Emma Gray and Margaret Wheeler sum the impact of it all in a commentary for The Huffington Post Women:
“It’s about the ubiquity of weight-centric commentary on female celebrities’ bodies. 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.”
And if Gloria Steinem, who said in 2011 that the Kardashians don’t empower other women, adding that “there’s no point in blaming the people who take advantage of the system without changing the system”, is speaking up about it, then maybe we should pay attention.