Over the past year, I’ve become mildly full-fledged obsessed with an online magazine called Verily. It has become a part of my daily routine to check the website each morning as I wait in the drive-thru line at Starbucks (not kidding). Recently, I’ve found myself particularly inspired by the magazine’s articles on women in careers – mostly because they often target those driven, single 20-somethings like myself who aspire to “do it all” one day, ie: foster a successful career while simultaneously raising a family.
So tonight, I was binging on Verily Magazine articles (not an unusual occurrence) when I briefly switched over to Facebook and somewhat ironically stumbled upon a Buzzfeed post regarding Kim Kardashian’s recent cover shoot for Paper Magazine.
The magazine initially released a photo of Kardashian yesterday which very blatantly highlighted Kim’s bare butt – as it literally glistened in all of its photoshopped glory.
This Buzzfeed article, however, was addressing the release of a second photo of Kim – this one, full frontal nudity.
I like to think I have a pretty thick skin when it comes to these types of things. I’m not easily offended by celebrities – maybe to a fault – probably because I typically chalk it up to different ideologies and choose to just ignore them. For whatever reason though, tonight, this Kardashian stunt really, really bothered me.
I am by no means a feminist. Rather, I am a woman who firmly, firmly believes that the sanctity of my body – and the sanctity of all women’s bodies, for that matter – is worth preserving.
In fact, I believe that not only is it worth preserving – it is worth glorifying.
Plastering a shiny picture of a woman’s glistening, digitally-altered body parts all over the internet hardly seems to achieve anything other than objectification. And frankly, I am absolutely sickened by it.
There are two tabs currently open on my internet browser – one links to the Buzzfeed article on Kim Kardashian’s photo shoot for Paper Magazine, and the other links to a Verily Magazine article entitled, “How to Empower Women in the Workplace.”
They stand in stark contrast to one another as two vastly differing approaches to achievement. One achieves sweeping attention and mass amounts of internet traffic (I’d say more so due to shock value than anything else – hashtag break the internet, right Kim?) by presenting Kim Kardashian as a collection of parts and baring her naked body for the entire world to see. The other effectively dignifies the individual by encouraging every woman to fearlessly pursue her goals for her career – and her life – in the midst of obstacles not uncommon for our time.
The point I’m hoping to make is this –
As women, we are so much more than a collection of parts and have so much more to offer than simply an appealing exterior. We have the capacity to be creative, productive, to love and be loved, and ultimately, to achieve the deepest desires of our hearts. Let us not fall prey to the world’s lies that suggest anything less than this.
You are beautiful, you are whole, you are worthy, and you are loved.