I hate reality television. With a passion. I’m in no way judging those who subscribe to it. I get how fueling one’s curiosity with raw, intimate moments of people you wouldn't normally have much in common with, could be exhilarating. Even addictive. The reason I personally have such a disdain for reality television is simply because awkward silence makes me uncomfortable. I believe that if I am going to pay for satellite service, make the time to turn on the television, the programming should be seamless and beautiful, and should not make me squirm in my skin. Naturally, my disdain for reality television also lends itself to a disdain for reality stars. I used to cringe when I saw Paris Hilton or Jessica Simpson take up valuable media space in news outlets. I cringed even more when Kim Kardashian became one of the top five most Googled "celebrities". I mean, at the surface she is basically the anti-me. Her fur coats. How her self-worth seems to always be tied in with her man flavor of the day. The fact that she has a gazillion man flavors of the day. The way she purposely accentuates the more well-endowed parts of her body to call attention to herself. The fact that I've never really heard her speak, although I would imagine a whiny, nasal, high-pitched sound coming from her mouth. For the longest time I imagined that her brain must be the size of a small, bright, green pea.
Although I've not publicly declared this in any way, until now of course, this lent I'm making an effort to give up judgement. Of women. Particularly women who seemingly have absolutely nothing in common with me. As a feminist, I've come to recognize that often times we are our own worst enemies. And that in our haste to demand equal rights, equal pay, equal treatment, we sometimes alienate those who really might need to join the sisterhood the most. So today, I give you.... Kim Kardashian, the feminist:
She demands respect.In 2006, she gained notoriety when a home sex video she made with singer Ray J. was leaked. Vivid Entertainment attempted to release the film and Kim sued Vivid for ownership of the tape. In 2007 the suit was settled and she walked away with $5 million.
She cares about more than herself. Really, she does.Last year she became the face of the Kiss Away Poverty campaign launched by Fusion Beauty and the Seven Bar Foundation. For every lip gloss sold, $1 went to fund women entrepreneurs in the U.S.