Amid real-life problems like major hurricanes, nuclear war threats and the possibility that 800,000 immigrants will be deported from the United States, TooFab turned its attention to this nontroversy for a brief, mindless distraction: Is Kim Kardashian really a "ho" who claims to be a feminist, or isn't she?
'Ho-Gate' Briefing: Kim K vs. Sharon O.
Days after the reality TV star called out Sharon Osbourne for misquoting her about taking her clothes off in the name of feminism, Osbourne appeared on "The Talk" to backpedal and blame the reporter who interviewed her... errrrr ...clear up her previous statements to The Telegraph, which included, "If Kim wants to show off her body, fine, but that's not feminism, that's being a ho. And there's nothing wrong with being a ho, but always remember what you are."
Kardashian asserted Friday at Harper's Bazaar's ICONS event that she posts nude photos because she likes the way she looks and it makes her feel powerful. "I think [Sharon] said I said a quote about, 'I post nude photos in the name of feminism,'" Kardashian said. "Never said that."
So TooFab got to thinking and researching and probing and fact checking: Has Kim Kardashian ever actually claimed to be a feminist? The answer is not as black or white as one may think.
Kim describes herself as a feminist by using the definition of feminism but not by using the actual word because she doesn't "like the idea of being labeled."
"It's simply a personal choice that I don't like the idea of being labeled," Kim wrote in a 2016 manifesto published to her website (which, by the way, you have to subscribe to to view). "I'll always fight for women's rights. Always. I support women to the fullest. But, at the end of the day, no one should feel pressured to be labeled as anything just because they believe in certain things and support certain values or ideals."
Uh, maybe Kim's not understanding how the meaning of words works?
The entire manifesto was sparked by a nude photo Kim posted to her Instagram in March of last year with the caption: "When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL." How profound.
It wasn't long before celebrities like Bette Midler, Piers Morgan and Chloe Grace Moretz shamed the mom of two for posting her naked body to social media. Lucky for Kim, International Women's Day was around the corner, so she got to clap back at her haters while simultaneously making a non-feminist feminist statement to the world.
"I am empowered by my body," she wrote. "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."
"I am a mother," she continued. "I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy."
And she's maintained the same stance in virtually every interview since feminism became the "it" topic.
In July 2015 at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, Kim said: "I guess people would call me a feminist. But I don't really like to put labels on things... I do what makes me feel comfortable, and I never say what I'm doing is the right thing."
Later that month, Kim told Rolling Stone, "I've never really been one on labels, and I don't like to push my view. If I feel something, it's how I feel. I never say, 'I feel this way, so you should feel that way.' Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I just am who I am. But, yeah. I think you would call me a feminist."
In August 2016, Kim attended the BlogHer 16 conference in Los Angeles, where she said, "Everyone always says, are you a feminist? And I don't think that I am. I don't like labels. I do what makes me happy and I want women to be confident and I'm so supportive of women... But I'm not the 'free the nipple'-type girl."
By definition, a feminist is a person who believes in the "political, economic and social equality of the sexes" and/or participates in "organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests."
By a similar token (because Merriam-Webster didn't have what we were looking for), a ho is defined by Urban Dictionary as a "slutty girl, usually but not exclusively high or middle school. For some reason they think sucking a lot of d-ck will make them cool or popular. Most are too dumb to realize being called a ho isn't exactly a compliment, and most will be remembered as hoes for the rest of their lives."
In Conclusion of Evidence in 'Ho-Gate':
Kim is not a ho simply for posting nude images of herself to social media.
Kim may be considered a ho to some because several people -- including Osbourne, Midler, Morgan and Moretz -- would agree with Urban Dictionary's claim that "most [hoes] will be remembered as hoes for the rest of their lives." (Sorry, Kim. That's what making a sex tape with Ray J will do to a girl.)
- Kim has never claimed to be a feminist using the word; she's claimed to be a feminist using the definition. And she's OK with you calling her one. We think.
Do with that what you wish. TooFab out!