If a female celebrity drops out of the news for awhile or seems to be losing the public’s eye, there’s a very easy way to get attention back: get naked.
I’m not saying this is necessarily why these women take their clothes off (and I’m not saying it isn’t) but I am saying it happens with relative frequency. In the last year we’ve seen , Miley Cyrus, and Kim Kardashian (several times) pose nude
In case you think only a certain kind of celebrity bares all, a few others who have participated in nude photo shoots (not leaks) include Academy Award-winning Anne Hathaway and world tennis champion Serena Williams. It’s not just women, but it’s mostly women. And they all give the same reason.
“It’s empowering,” said Lovato after her clothes-free photo shoot last year. “I am empowered by my body,” wrote Kardashian in a blog post a few weeks ago, responding to critics of her latest nude selfie. “I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin.”
So is it empowering? It does seem to be. These women get to use their body without restrictions for their own gain. This all is part of a trend where women have less restrictions on their sexuality and men have more on theirs (e.g. consent agreements); with power flowing to the women.
It is odd that this change in relative power has been largely ignored. Or if it is mentioned, it would be blows against the evil patriarchy. Furthermore, as changes in laws and norms are made, there are lots of distractions to keep one from seeing what is truly happening.
So what are do they do with this power? One might suggest to these women that just because one has the power to do something, that does not necessarily mean that one should do it. Also one might suggest that just because something seems to benefit you in the short run, in the long run it might not be so beneficial. Furthermore, what might benefit you could be detrimental to society as a whole. Do any of these thoughts ever cross the mind of empowered women? What thoughts do cross the mind of empowered women?