Could This Celebrity Trend Be Harming Women?


Some of the most quotable moments in pop culture history come from references to the naked body. We’ve all said ‘Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls’ at some point or other.

So when the naked selfie debate rages on, I take note, because this could be another one of those moments.

Private photos shouldn’t be public photos
A few years ago now some leaked selfies made their way onto the internet. It was clear that these photos were private and not intended for us to see. But some of us did see them, tweet about them, reference them on the news, and laugh about them with our friends.

One of the women targeted actually said:

“Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offence. You should cower with shame. I don’t want to get mad, but at the same time I’m thinking, I didn’t tell you that you could look at my naked body.

Yes, that’s Jennifer Lawrence speaking. What did they do to deserve this invasion of privacy? Well they dared to be famous in a culture where everyone wants to know everything about you. Including what you look like naked.

Now that, that was harmful.

Naked selfies are the new normal
As a twenty-something I have seen my fair share of nude or semi-nude selfies. I can count on both hands the amount of friends who take photos of themselves in states of undress. They keep them for their own self-confidence or share them with their most trusted. I think it’s pretty normal.

The appropriate emoji response for a slightly nude photo from your girlfriend? Fire. In case you were wondering. I seem to get sent a lot, nothing explicit just funny ones, or fierce ones. Empowering selfies. Silly nipple photos. There’s nothing disturbing about it.

But should you share them? 
After Kim Kardashian shared a nude selfie with her followers, people reacted. Her fans applauded her for owning her body and taking control of what people see. They said it was no different to the high budget photo shoots some celebrities do for editorials. Except it was in her bathroom, and on her terms.

Bette Midler tweeted, ”Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today. If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.” The last thing we need is another Kim Kardashian naked selfie, her fans agreed.

Thus a debate raged on. Other celebrities shared their near-naked photos and the world didn’t stop turning.

Naked selfies to blame?
I don’t think it’s the selfies that are damaging to us, but the commentary surrounding them. While we analyze, there is a certain narrative thrown at us by the media. With slim, fit naked bodies praised and anything else tagged as disturbing.

The leaked nude photos ‘were a shame’, but we moved on. While risque photographs shared by their owners have us up in arms. Why? Because someone dared to have an inflated ego and shared a nudey photo?

So what do you think? Are celebrity selfies harming our society? Are they feminist or not? Do they influence young girls? Share your thoughts with me below.

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  • Megan Clarke

    I think that everyone has their own opinion and unfortunately there is never going to be a subject that everyone has the same view on

  • Elishia Chave

    Having worked with young people for the last 4 years it would be difficult to pretend these highly photoshopped/filtered pictures on magazines don’t make them think it’s how they should look. Even the most level headed of kids feel the pressure. I think it can be very negative to see women who only present ‘perfection’ and focus solely on their physical appearance as their identity all in the name of feminism. Equally, I don’t think those that do, should be ‘slut-shamed’!

  • Phumi Khumalo

    I definitely think it is influencing young girls because they start to believe that they need to send nudes to feel confident and to love themselves. But also – you can’t not call them feminists. Because they are confident to even make such photos public. So I guess it all depends on your own opinion.

  • Jenny Marita

    I think that they want to show girl power and take control of their body and photo by posting pictures of themselves naked and i also think it is an act of feminist in some way however without proper explanation to young girls about why they act like that it can be bad influence on younger i think we should take this matter carefully.

  • Camille Beygui

    Great post ! Very empowering

  • The Sunday Mode

    I think if people don’t want to see them one option would be to not click into them so that they are not supported with extra views.

  • Kaitlynn Baker

    Personally I think that if someone wants to share a nude photo of themselves, so be it. It’s not harmful to want to show off your body, regardless of what it looks like or what you’re wearing at the time. What I think is harmful is what people say about it. Why is Kim Kardashian a slut for posting a nude photo? Why is Jennifer Lawrence a slut for having nude photos leaked to the internet? It’s their bodies. They have every right to do what they want with their bodies. And frankly I don’t find comments like Bette Middler’s to be funny, because they’re just fanning the flames. No one should be put down for doing whatever they want with their body. It’s a body.

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