Cover up your bodies ladies, show off your brain

Vanessa Pineda,
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On March 8, Kim Kardashian posted another shameless naked selfie with the hashtag “Happy #InternationalWomen’sDay.” As she posed in front of a mirror, all that could be seen was her naked body. Her nipples and a small portion of her pelvic area were censored by two little black boxes.

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also reminds people that progress has slowed in many places across the world and further action is needed to accelerate gender parity. Women’s History Month in March honors the accomplishments of great women and the ones that are still to come.

Kardashian did not leave much to the imagination, as you could tell she was fully unclothed. Contrary to what some may think, posing naked on social media is not a form of feminism. Let’s call it what it is: showing off your body to get attention in order to get more likes. This should not be hidden behind the guise of feminism.

On social media, young women and underaged girls post provocative pictures, sometimes in lingerie and thongs or with nothing on at all. We see pictures of excess cleavage in a bra and even girls lying nude in their bed. It is everywhere.

Some artists like Nicki Minaj show off their bodies and are viewed as sex objects. In an online interview on YouTube posted in 2015, Minaj said that she doesn’t want girls to see the “Anaconda” music video and think, “let me go and shake my ass.” But for much of the video, Minaj is either bent over in a thong, twerking or giving a lap dance to rap artist Drake. In the interview she continued to say her biggest concern is that her fans are educated. Minaj is sending the wrong message. When young girls who idolize her see that video, they copy what she does. They do not think about education, instead they think about getting attention for their assets.

Women pose for attention or to gain notoriety as sex symbols, but this doesn’t make sense to me. Women should not sell their souls for attention. Women should be valued for their intelligence and independence. Men don’t have to take off their clothes to be respected or valued; if women want to be equal, they should be held to the same standard. International Women’s Day is about equality between men and women.

Feminists fight against the patriarchy to show they are powerful just like men. The first wave of feminism was about the injustice women faced with voting and property ownership. The second wave emphasized how women faced sexism and patriarchy in their personal lives and the third wave focused on the individual. Some say that the Internet may have sparked a fourth wave of feminism online. The new wave, like the ones before, challenges misogyny and sexism portrayed in advertising, film, literature, media, and more through the Internet and social media.

There is nothing wrong when women pose nude for a micropolitical statement. For example, women pose nude to highlight body diversity, or breast cancer survivors pose nude to inspire other women who are facing the same battles. When done right, posing naked can be a form of activism for a greater purpose.

Just posting a naked picture to be flattered is not the same. Showing off your body to the world is unacceptable for men and women. I would not want my future husband to pose nude, just as he wouldn’t want the mother of his children to pose nude. Our nudity is a private matter.

There’s always this different standard for women and men. Women are constantly judged for their appearance, especially when they lead a life in the public eye. Hillary Clinton is criticized for how she looks and what she wears, but Bernie Sanders escapes those judgements. If women want to be empowered and taken seriously, we must rely on our intelligence and hard work, rather than our looks.

Regardless of what is portrayed in the media or what celebrities or models you see posing naked, do not fall into that trap of objectification. Kardashian did not honor National Women’s Day with her selfie. Posing naked for media popularity is not a statement of first, second, or any other wave of feminism.