By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great article from Heidi Stevens on the Kim Kardashian/Emily Ratajkowski topless selfie controversy and Piers Morgan’s critical response on Twitter. Are nude selfies empowering to women? Not from Heidi’s perspective. But as she points out, that doesn’t mean she or Piers Morgan for that matter should decide whether they’re empowering to other women.
The last time I wrote about Piers Morgan, his fans filled my Twitter feed with hand-scrawled drawings of the male anatomy and a detailed accounting of all my physical flaws. So I suppose I have that to look forward to.
Still, I can’t have him declaring the death of feminism without weighing in.
In response to Kim Kardashian’s latest topless selfie, this time with model Emily Ratajkowski, Morgan tweeted “RIP Feminism,” with a photo of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst next to Kardashian and Ratajkowski’s picture.
Let’s give feminism a little more credit.
Responsible for earning women the right to vote, own property, attend college, work outside the home, open their own credit card accounts, demand equal pay for equal work, serve in the military, access birth control, protect their own reproductive rights, fight domestic violence and push back against sexual harassment in the workplace, feminism will not be killed off by a semi-nude selfie.
When Kardashian caught heat for another nudie pic earlier this month, she defended the photo on her blog, writing, “I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin.”
Wednesday’s side-by-side with Ratajkowski appeared to be a continuation of that conversation, with Ratajkowski offering some thoughts via Twitter.
“However sexual our bodies may be, we need to (have) the freedom as women to choose (when) & how we express our sexuality,” she wrote.