The Kardashian-Jenners have built an empire worth over a billion dollars around their name alone. While some argue their entrepreneurship is inspiring for young women, others point to their sexualization and fixation on appearance as evidence they are bad influences on young women. Are the Kardashian-Jenners empowering, feminist figures? Or do they demean all that feminism stands for?
Yes, the Kardashians are feminist
The Kardashians are wildly successful and promote the complete ownership of their own bodies without regards to societal taboos.
The Kardashians have successful careers despite misogyny
Kim Kardashian managed to turn a revenge porn sex tape into a brilliant and insanely successful career, demonstrating how even in terribly mysogynist situations women can prevail.
The Kardashians empower females to be comfortable with their bodies
The Kardashian-Jenners demonstrate that women have the freedom to express themselves and their bodies however they please. They exemplify how females should be allowed to be comfortable in their own skin without being objectified by others.
The Kardashians only give lip service to feminism to profiteer from it.
The Kardashian family promotes products which are harmful to females' self-image
The Kardashians promote products that make women feel ashamed of not fitting strict patriarchal beauty standards. For example, they promote appetite-suppressing products marketed to young vulnerable women.
The Kardashians' approach to social movements often appear insensitive, making them seem out of touch with reality
The Kardashians cash in on feminism when it's convenient, but not important. Their presence and support in social movements often appears as reluctant and symbolic, rather than voluntary and realistic.
Kardashians promote unrealistic expectations for beauty and sexuality
The Kardashians are not feminist because their "feminism" is centred around the monetisation of sexualised female bodies. The expectations they set are unrealistic and cause females undue stress and body-image issues.