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Ask An Author: what did our fave authors think of Kim K’s nude selfie?


We don’t believe anyone was spared the news of Kim K’s latest nude pic: her selfie on Instagram, captioned: “LOL when you’ve got nothing to wear”.

She came up against criticism across the internet, including from ‘Kick Ass’ star, Chloe Moretz, who tweeted: “@KimKardashian I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies.”

With this being such a divisive issue, we decided to ask some of our favourite authors what their opinion on it was: self love or self promotion? An expression of body positivity or just too far? Find out what they thought:

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CJ Daugherty, author of the ‘Night School’ series

“Kardashian has become a kind of living backlash against the Hollywood concept of thin beauty. She is undeniably beautiful and undeniably not thin. This serves as a reminder that beauty comes in all sizes. That is a positive message to young women who are often bombarded with a one-size-must-fit-all message.

Personally, I didn’t think the image was particularly shocking. it wasn’t even particularly sexual. It was more like she was saying ‘Here I am. Like it or not, I’m powerful enough to do this and get away with it.’ I don’t think there was anything in it that image that said, ‘Now you go do this, too.'”

Juno DawsonJuno Dawson, author of ‘All of the Above’ and ‘Mind Your Head’

“Any woman should have total agency over her body and images of her body. Kardashian can do as she pleases. However I would argue this feeds into a widespread environment of objectification which enhances rape culture by encouraging male onlookers to dehumanise women down to their body parts. I respect Kardashian’s right to perform in this way but now look forward to seeing what else she has to offer culturally.

Kardashian is a victim of, and instrumental in, a media that tells women their worth is intrinsically attached to their bodies. While all body shapes should be celebrated, I am not convinced it should be in this manner.”

 holly bourneHolly Bourne, author of ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’

“As a feminist, I just always find it a shame when women spend their energy telling each other off rather than fighting the true powers that oppress us. We’d get a lot more done, much more quickly, if we didn’t bicker and in-fight and judge and generally have a who’s-the-best-feminist-and-why competitions in amongst ourselves. None of us can be a perfect example of feminism, so we should try not to catclaw women who also aren’t the perfect example of feminism. In the words of Finnick, remember who the true enemy is!”

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