Womanhood Wednesday | 16.03.2016

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When I first came up with the concept of Womanhood Wednesday, I wanted it to be a positive environment for women and men to be able to celebrate, promote and positively empower women to be proud of who they are. I guess I was naive in thinking that I wouldn't have to broach negative subjects but unfortunately, after reading this article on Buzzfeed; I knew I had to.

Kim Kardashian is the human version of marmite; and whilst I'm not here to discuss whether we like her or not, I think it's important to keep an open mind when discussing  the lives of people who are constantly in the limelight - whether it's their choice or not.

The above image shows the now vandalised mural created by Lushsux which was made for a street in Melbourne and was originally a copy of Kim K's infamous selfie that she posted on Instagram a few weeks back. Less than 48 hours after it had been up; somebody had spray-painted the words SLUT all over the mural. A classic example of slut shaming. This, we all agree, needs to stop - but where does the line begin and end?

Since posting the original picture, Kim has received quite a mixed response; on one side, celebrities like Bette Midler, Chloe Grace Moretz and Pink have questioned how the picture can impact young women and in particular that we should be teaching women that we have more to offer than just our bodies. Millennial feminists like Amber Rose and Miley Cyrus have defended Kim, simply saying - her body, her choice. 

Kim recently took to her blog to defend her picture quoting:-

"I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin", she went on to say, "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".

Again, this raises a number of questions. Should we need to bare all to feel empowered and is Kim a true representation of the modern day women? Why is it that women like Lena Dunham can expose their breasts on TV but not receive the same backlash? Should we be proclaiming that our breasts are a feminist achievement when women have fought for years to show that we are more than just our bodies? I could go on.

As you can see its a very very interesting debate, but I sometimes wonder, shouldn't we be fighting the patriarchy and not each other. Isn't this just another classic clash between second and third wave feminists? While I'm not a huge advocate of the different waves of feminism; I do think it provides an interesting point. As third wave feminists, do we look at feminism more diversely and with more focus on our sexuality?

The great thing about this debate, between different generations of feminists, is that we are all discussing the same issues; and these feuds will only help the movement grow.

What are you thoughts?

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