Pop-Culture | Posted by Chloe H on 08/19/2016

Kim Kardashian West Reminds Us Why The Feminist Label Does Matter

Kim Kardashian West

On Monday, Kim Kardashian West set the record straight: She’s not a feminist.

“For me, a feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles,” she wrote on her website. And yet, she added, despite agreeing with these things, does not consider herself a feminist because she doesn’t like labels.

While few people are likely too concerned with whether Kardashian West as an individual aligns with the feminist movement, her comment points to an age-old debate: Does the feminist label matter?

“Why do we have to put labels on …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Emma Havighorst on 05/18/2016

Comparing Kim Kardashian to Ayesha Curry Hurts Us All

Comparing Kim to other women hurts all of us.

Our society has long been obsessed with comparison. Girls are routinely pit against each other to “win” the supposed honor of being the “hottest” in the halls of their high schools. They’re even encouraged to put down their perceived competition to do so.

There are likely many reasons why young women feel encouraged to do this, but the way media gossip analyzes and criticizes female celebrities — and compares their talent and/or bodies to other celebrities — is a big one. It has become normalized for people (who don’t know these celebrities personally) to happily explain and/or rant about their actions, decisions and lives because the media makes them feel that they have the right to attack and shame people (specifically, …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Sabrina N on 04/11/2016

What Kim Kardashian’s Nude Selfie Reveals About The Way We View Female Sexuality

Kim Kardashian

In March, Kim Kardashian West posted a nude selfie on Instagram. As has come to be expected whenever a woman (especially a high-profile woman) does something with her body, people had a lot to say about it. While general backlash was perhaps expected, however, the number of women who shamed Kardashian was surprising to many — and on International Women’s Day, of all days. From Bette Middler’s straight-up degradation to Chloe Grace Moretz’s (slightly) more subtle condescension and shaming, Kardashian’s lighthearted selfie quickly evolved into something much bigger: a debate about female sexuality and what constitutes “good” feminism.

What we say when we talk about female bodies is often not what we really mean. When people say that Kardashian shouldn’t pose naked, they’re implying that Kardashian, a …

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Feminism | Posted by Ada J on 03/11/2016

Why Abusing Animals For The Sake of Fashion Is A Feminist Issue

Fur is a feminist issue.

Kim Kardashian calls herself a feminist. She casually disclosed this piece of information to Rolling Stone magazine in July 2015, which caused a stir among her critics. There are plenty of reasons to question whether or not Kardashian is a feminist, and many have debated them. But the under-discussed point that bothers me most is that she is an avid wearer of fur.

There was a time when I believed that the animal skin industry has nothing to do with feminism. That was before I learned about the harrowing and heartbreaking suffering endured by animals sacrificed for the sake of fashion. These poor creatures include female minks, who are kept in tiny cages and expected to breed once a year. They produce a litter of …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Alice W on 07/1/2013

To Gossip Mags, Regarding Kim Kardashian

We made it! Kim and Kanye just had their daughter, and I think its fair to say that this is pop culture history. Like all great journeys to historical moments, there were some bumps along the way–like the way you treated Kim and her pregnant body. Remember all those headlines about her weight gain? I was mad about them then, and I’m mad about them now. Like, are you kidding me?

She had a person growing inside of her! She is a millionaire with like 15 businesses and she was promoting them while pregnant but you were just like “man, look at this fatty! She must be up to something!” I mean, God forbid a woman have the audacity to be in public while pregnant, right?

The outrage about her …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 09/21/2011

Hold On. Are The Kardashians Feminists?

The Kardashians

The Kardashians

I’m the first to admit it: I’ve got a soft spot for Keeping up with the Kardashians and all their spinoffs. Who can resist them? That’s right, you can’t. They’re irresistible. I was chatting on the phone earlier today with one of my best friends about who our favorite sister was (hint: Khloé), and as we were discussing recent nuptials it hit me: I think these ladies might be an interesting example of modern-day feminism.

Stick with me for a second. I know what you all are going to say: they’ve made all their money off of showing off their bodies and being sex symbols, they’re famous just for being famous and it often feels as though they feed completely into the shallow world of appearance as being …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 08/11/2010

Justin Bieber and Double Standards

Justin Bieber: puppies, bunnies and rainbows

Justin Bieber: puppies, bunnies and rainbows

Justin Bieber may be the closest my generation will ever get to Beatlemania. The kid sings purely romantic non-graphic songs about his “baby” (that would be you, dear 13 year old girls of the world) and his face looks a new born puppy snuggling with a bunny under a rainbow. And, really, I have nothing against him personally despite the fact that my cynical heart tends to look at celebrities my own age and roll its eyes in disgust. My problem with him mainly lies in the way our society reacts to him.

I recently got my Bust Magazine in the mail (an epic monthly event for me). I very much enjoy the “Pop-Tart” column, but this week’s analysis of the double standards of …

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