This Week in Women: Can We Stop Tearing Down Women?
This week, some women were uplifted, others were a bit uppity, and one other was forced to go up against a five burglars. It’s another this week in women: the “can we just stop tearing down women?” edition!
Keeping Up With The Callous Responses
Keeping abreast of the Kardashians’ affairs—also known as America’s favorite pastime—might soon be coming to an untimely end, leaving most girls, and about 99 percent of their boyfriends (we see you), without a means of evading the Sunday night blues.
After a harrowing incident last Sunday night in Paris, when five men disguised as police broke into Kim Kardashian’s highly exclusive hotel room and proceeded to tie her up, gag her, and rob her at gunpoint, the reality star is reportedly rethinking her entire career. Or at least the part that’s contingent on exposing every nook and cranny of her private life to the entire world.
We certainly can’t blame her; after reports that the robbery may have been an inside job, if not possibly connected to a limo and two disguised men that were likely following her that day, we can’t imagine she’s feeling super safe or trustful. Nor do we imagine that the deluge of unbidden, hateful responses that have flooded in since the robbery have done much to pacify her nerves and apprehensions.
@KimKardashian Glad you were robbed. You deserved it and hopefully it'll happen again in the future. 😂😂 What a slutty cunt.
— Daniel Malice (@daniel_malice) October 3, 2016
— Lucas Spray (@lspray35) October 3, 2016
While some are concerned for Kim, the majority of the public seems to consider this entire incident as little more than an invitation to both unleash an avalanche of misogyny and to perpetuate the notion that to be a reality star is to willingly offer yourself up as a target to be debased and dehumanized.
Something to consider: forget the fact that Kim has turned her life into a massively lucrative, money-making machine—which, as Honey Boo Boo taught us, you don’t have to be rich to do—and all you’re really left with is a sister and daughter with the skin of a prepubescent angel who’s been generous enough to relinquish any trace of privacy so that the world has something to watch every Sunday night that will help them forget about the soul-sucking week ahead. Just a thought.
Ivanka: Entitled Mother of Three
When shriveled dried mango slice first announced he was running for president, he began spewing a rhetoric that managed to be equal parts incoherent, misogynistic, and racist. And—like a disfigured pumpkin that was recently granted the gift of speech—has refused to keep quiet since. Now, that same man—the one who has also eloquently described breastfeeding as “disgusting” and has implied that sexual assault in the military inevitable—has just released a campaign video that details his plans for paid maternity leave. And aren’t you just dying to know what it is?! No? Good. An aside: in an interview with New York Magazine, he apparently said about women, “You have to treat ‘em like shit.” But enough of that; back to the plan!
In the ad, Trump solicited his daughter, Ivanka—possibly an automaton controlled by his 10-year-old son, but we can’ be sure—to tell us about his cute little plan. But before she gets into the details, she must make one thing clear: “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother.” And here we were, thinking Amelia Earhart was pretty cool to spend her life working towards being the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. Or—oh, I don’t know—Wendy Davis, the member of the Texas senate who held an 11-hour-long filibuster just to delay further restrictions and regulations regarding abortion.
We’re not saying that being a mother isn’t an important job, but to smack a superlative on that sucker and call it the “most important job any woman can have” is, well, wrong, and also a fine way to perpetuate the constraints that women have been struggling to break free from since the dawn of time. So thanks for that Vanks. (Can we call you that by the way? No? Sounds good.) Thanks a million.
Serena Covers Fader
This week, The FADER unveiled the cover star of their most recent America issue, and we’re thrilled to report that it’s a seemingly unphotoshopped Serena Williams. The entire interview is worth reading, but because we’re so fond of Williams—and because magazine covers rarely celebrate strong, black women—we wanted to share our favorite bits:
On her ancestors, and why she was so passionate about visiting Africa: “It changed me to realize how strong I was and to realize that I, through my ancestors, am capable of doing anything.”
On why she decided to learn French—which, as Caity Weaver points out, most people can most likely relate to: “One of the reasons I learned French was I wanted to win the French Open, and I wanted to speak French when I won.”
— Caity Weaver (@caityweaver) October 5, 2016
And on being a woman with a temper—something that’s rarely accepted in society, let alone celebrated: “I do have a temper tantrum sometimes that I’ve definitely made an effort to calm down, only because I do want to be a role model and I don’t want to send the wrong message. But I also think it shows my passion. It helps me.”
Lead graphic by Ashley Britton. All other images via Wet Paint and The FADER.
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