Kim Kardashian: ‘I Will Not Live My Life Dictated by the Issues You Have with My Sexuality’

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Kim Kardashian knew exactly what she was igniting when she posted a very naked selfie early Monday morning—how could she not?—yet was visibly on the defense when critics including Bette Midler and Chloe Moretz shared their thoughts on the matter. Now, Kim’s taken to her website to address the world in an earnest open letter about female empowerment, body image, and the omnipresent sex tape the public pulls out of our collective back pocket any time we disagree with the reality star’s activities.

Judging from the treatise, it’s hard not to feel as though this entire media shenanigan was orchestrated by Kim’s camp as a very Kardashian way to observe National Women’s Day, as the 35-year-old clearly turned what many perceive as a negative into a women’s lib battle cry of sorts, prompting the question of whether she’s a feminist hero for a modern age or, well, not.

 

The full letter:

Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.

I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?

It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!

I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

Let’s move on, already. I have.

I am empowered by my body. 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 empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.

I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.

#happyinternationalwomensday

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