I want to talk about Kim Kardashian.
Well, sorta. I feel compelled to talk about her, having never seen her show and only knowing about her in a vague, hazy fashion. And of course all this extravagant-wedding-quickly followed-by-divorce stuff is unignorable.
Ms. K is getting seriously lady-bashed recently. I don’t really think much of her critical thinking skills, perhaps, but what I’m reading and hearing everywhere, from women and men, is soaked in misogyny: Gold-digger! Stupid whore! Slutty sex-taping, plastic, shilling, rich bitch! And her sisters are ugly/dumb/etc., and her mom is a monstrous beast with spiny, poison-dripping tentacles. And her (ex-) husband? …uhhhhhmmmm. Who was he again? Oh, that poor sap, getting sucked in by those evil wimmenz.
Not only am I hearing this from men and women, but from lefties and righties, too. Righties because KK is a sign of what horrors women, unrestrained by men, are capable of wreaking. And lefties are bashing her because the fiasco of grotesque display that was her made-for-media wedding provides a convenient pretext to attack anti-marriage-equality types. But they’re not really attacking anti-marriage-equality types, they’re attacking her. They’re saying “this idiot slagbag can get married, why not these other nice people?”
I’m not really asking you to break out your tiny violins for Kim Kardashian, or think she’s a benevolent super-genius. She might be crying all the way to the bank, but I wager she’ll be fine. My point is that the people who are slavering over KK’s shame, pain, discomfort, whatever, and beating her up for funsies, are the the same people who gobbled up her show and bought crappy cheap weeklies to gawk at her and her sisters. And fuck those people, who consume other humans, salty, bitter, or sweet, and shit all over women for their own nasty pleasure.
And at the risk of offending our readers: if you’re one of those people, fuck you, too. By participating in this crap, you are partly responsible for making things even worse than they are for women. For her, and for all the rest of us. Your hunger for this kind of exploitation, your acceptance of The Rise and Fall of Kim Kardashian as entertainment, is what makes this possible. Look at your choices.