Moms are allowed to be sexy too


Illustration by Jared Javier

I don’t know what magical powers the Kardashian family possess that make everyone hate them, but I’m obsessed with whatever witchcraft they’re performing. It’s like they’re spending every night spilling a gallon of virgin blood, a vial of Kylie Jenner’s lip kit and lock of their own hair extensions in a cauldron, only to cast a spell so they’ll forever stay relevant and the general public will forever stay pressed.

This week, Kim Kardashian must have added a couple extra drops of Kylie’s lip kit to the witch’s brew, because she was blowing up. Everyone was talking about the mother of two after she posted a naked selfie of herself on Instagram that featured two black bars covering her Kims and her Kardashian.

Once she posted the photo, all hell broke loose. The typical social media denizens spewed the generic “bad mom” tweets, the “Nothing we haven’t seen before” Facebook comments, and the “How will North feel when she grows up and sees this?” Instagram comments. The hate for the photos got even more publicity with this selfie thanks to comments from Bette Midler and Chloe Grace Moretz.

The people criticizing Kim for posing nude, including the celebrity commenters, are contributing to a society that promotes body-shaming and slut-shaming. Showing skin does not make Kim a bad role model, and loving your own body doesn’t make you a bad mom.

“I am empowered by my body,” Kim wrote on her website on International Women’s Day. “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.

There’s no valid reason to tell Kim Kardashian to cover up. She is a grown woman who can make her own choices. She obviously has a more relaxed view on sexuality than others, and she doesn’t care if she’s presenting herself in a sexual manner. It’s her body, so if she’s feeling her look and she wants to take a naked photo, so be it. She is harming literally no one.

When other celebrities post revealing shots, no one seems to be mad about hot dads revealing a little skin. No one questioned Usher’s parenting qualifications when he posted underwear selfies, Chris Hemsworth’s ability to be a role model when he did erection gags in his movies, or whether or not Dwayne Johnson can raise his children correctly when he’s posted shirtless pictures.

Women are consistently put on a higher platform where they are expected to act and behave a certain way. Mothers have non-existent sexualities, but dads like David Beckham can be the face of major underwear campaigns without anyone batting an eye.

Kim will continue being a sexual being with or without the permission of Bette Midler. She has no reason to stop flaunting her body as long as she wants to. Kim, being the icon she is, even responded to the hate by posting another naked picture.

As Kim wrote on her website, “I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur, and I am allowed to be sexy.”

Illustration by Jared Javier
Illustration by Jared Javier