The Catch-22 of Sexually Liberated Women
It is often the most prominent women on social media who experience the most criticism.
It's no secret that sexually liberated women in the spotlight receive a lot of backlash, but why does that happen in some of the most feminist spheres of influence? There's a Catch-22 of it all, according to Everyday Feminism. Freedom of sexuality is promoted in many forms of feminism, yet the public condemns it when it comes to the promotion of certain celebrity women.
A study titled "Intolerance of Sexy Peers" was conducted at University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada — stating that some of the reasoning behind this is competition, a need for sexual control, economics, and more.
This all enables both men and women — behind the curtain of Twitter especially — to tear down the sexual liberation of other women. See below for some examples from prominent women who have experienced this first-hand.
"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." —Kim Kardashian
"There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it. Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he's cool. I do it and I'm a druggie whore." —Miley Cyrus
"It's about loving who you are, owning who you are and knowing that it’s O.K. to live your life how you want to live it. We're all human, which means we're not all perfect. So please: Before you judge someone — especially another woman — put yourself in her shoes and also look at your past." —Amber Rose
From obsessing over "obscene" outfits, to taking sides on trivial cat fights — Everyday Feminism says that consumers only perpetuate social conditions like sexual exploitation.
But by the power of the same consumerism, the article also notes that we can use our voices to make change for the better.
"As more critical and compassionate consumers," the article states, "We have the power to shift that lens by valuing media that honors women and girls and respects our agency instead."
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