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Kim Kardashian Is Inspirational

A couple of days ago Kim Kardashian posted a nude, edited selfie from days gone by on Instagram which was met with derision from, um, pretty much everybody. Kim Kardashian responded with a “powerful” essay about nudity and empowerment on International Women’s Day. I don’t know about it being powerful or whatever, but I will say Kim has figured out the publicity game. She’s making herself news and then making more news on top of that. She’s like a perpetual motion machine of self-indulgent famewhoring.

“I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime — and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?” she wrote on her website, going on to say how frustrating it is that people bring up her 13-year-old sex tape.

“I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago,” she wrote, adding, “Let’s move on, already. I have.”

Oh, are we still sticking with this narrative, Kim? Every time she rehashes this, I’m obligated to point out that a sex tape doesn’t get released by Vivid or any business unless both parties sign off on it. Not only that, but it was her mother that helped orchestrate and broker the deal with Vivid 13 years ago. For the record, I don’t have anything against it. That was the most genius move in the history of celebrity. If people wanted to see me get railed by Ray J, I would have done it too. Anyway, Kim went on,

I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming — it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me. I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.

Look, it’s not the fact that she poses nude on social media that bothers people. It’s the fact that there’s a strong implication to young women that all they need in life is their looks. Forget molding the youth of tomorrow or, at the very least, explaining all the planning that goes into the Kardashian image. No, that would be boring af.

The generation that grows up in the Kim Kardashian era is going to have a disproportionate amount of women who try to make a career off their sexuality only to realize 10 years later that all they accomplished in life was to become a caricature of Terry Richardson’s wet dream.

And if none of that was convincing enough, here’s a photo of Courtney Stodden trying her damndest to be like Kim Kardashian. If this doesn’t make you die a little inside, then I can’t help you.

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