Is the Naked Selfie Good for Feminism? Let’s Take a Closer Look
As media psychologist and director of the Media Psychology and Research Center Dr. Pamela Rutledge pointed out, Kardashian’s personal feelings and motivations do not reflect those experienced by her followers, many of whom are young women.
“Kim Kardashian’s nude photos are empowering for her, but exploitive of her audience,” she said. “She is empowered all the way to the bank. She not only controls her image, she cultivates it. She is a brand. Cyberbullies are her best friends. The more rude things people say, the more people watch to see what will happen.” Rutledge also notes that the timing of the whole kerfuffle—immediately following a swell of articles suggesting a Kylie Jenner usurping of the Kardashian social media throne—is suspect. I also think it’s worth noting that Kardashian’s thoughtful, well-written blog post was shared rather fortuitously on International Women’s Day.
Media stunt or not, Rutledge says that her behavior, as a role model, is “problematic
Source: Elle magazine
Curator’s note: My biggest take away from this read is this is a complex, nuanced issue, expressed most clearly in the quote. “Kim Kardashian’s nude photos are empowering for her, but exploitive of her audience,”