To be or not to be?

Kim Kardashian dismisses Sharon Osbourne’s criticism over whether she’s ‘really a feminist’

Kim Kardashian. (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s one of the great questions of our time: Is Kim Kardashian a feminist or not? OK, maybe not one of the most pressing questions in global culture, but there seems to be a debate about it that just won’t go away. Kardashian, a little more than a year ago, posted an essay on her blog titled “Why I Don’t Label Myself a Feminist” that seemed to ignite the clamor.

“I feel that being grouped or labeled can create separation between people who do (or don’t) fall into certain categories,” Kardashian wrote in the piece. “The fight for equality is about ALL human beings being treated equally.” Despite that declaration, a writer from Quartz was unconvinced, arguing that Kardashian is in fact a feminist, and simply needed a little enlightenment from her “bafflingly contradictory yet all-too-common sentiment.”

Here we are 13 months later and nothing has been settled. The latest episode in the debate has flared up between Kardashian and Sharon Osbourne. Over the weekend, Osbourne, in an interview with The Telegraph, complained, “Kim says she’s doing everything in the name of feminism, but that’s not feminism.” She went on, seemingly impugning the entire Kardashian clan, to add, “Those girls live off their bodies. Half of L.A. has been through them and everything they do from the sex tape to the plastic see-through dresses and the gym wear is about sex, not female progress.”

Osbourne was far from finished.

“And listen: God bless them. 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.”

OK, then.

Naturally, such a strong statement deserves a response and, well, the 36-year-old Kardashian had one ready to uncork in the form of a quote and a, well, a nude photo.

“I said once before that I’m not really a feminist,” Kardashian reportedly told Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, alluding to her blog post from last year. “But I feel I do a lot more than people that claim that they’re feminist. To clarify what I said before: I feel in my soul I’m a feminist. I just don’t need labels to make me feel or know what I am inside.” And then on Tuesday, she posted the following photo on Instagram.

So, there you go. Maybe feminism is just something you feel in your soul sometimes while hanging naked in a tree.

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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