Kim Kardashian fascinates me and I don’t completely understand the nature of that fascination. For a long time, I heard/read her name and wondered who the heck she was. Then, a couple of students wrote reports about how she was their role model because she’d achieved so much in her life even though she was (is) a woman. These two students seemed to believe that Kardashian is also a “woman of color” so that added piquancy to her great achievements.
Reading those essays I had to look up this marvelous piece of female achievement, and I discovered that she was famous for having been Paris Hilton’s friend and for making a sex tape that went viral. Her name was vaguely familiar, as well, and I quickly learned who her father was and just what terrible obstacles she’d had to overcome in order to reach her mammoth success. Woman of color? No…
I confronted my students with these facts and I said, “Do you really think that she has achieved anything? She comes from a ridiculously wealthy family and all she’s done is pander her booty. Don’t you want something more for your daughters, if not for yourselves?” I was thinking that sexual attractiveness is a short-lived thing and there is every reason to prepare for a life that holds more long-term interest. Still, I knew they were in school to get a job that would allow them to make more money. They wanted what Kim Kardashian represents; sex and money. If all went well, they might also be “reality stars.”
They didn’t want “more” whatever “more” was. They still thought Kardashian was a worthy role model. The two girls decided I was some kind of old, strident white feminist who didn’t understand their generation, and they never returned to class.
I had to ask myself, “What MORE is there?” The reason we’re HERE at all is to propagate our species. Kim Kardashian has absolutely flaunted and capitalized on the characteristics that set her apart as a likely prospect for insemination. She’s not the first; Marilyn Monroe (also often chosen by my girl students as a role model along with Betty Boop) was also very nubile in appearance. In fact, the list is endless, from Helen of Troy on to millions of girls I’ve never heard of or seen through time. So what my girl students had been telling me for years — “I want to be sexy, therefore my role model is the latest hot item,” is absolutely valid on the level of survival of the species.
Nothing wrong with that. I decided that what we as a society need to do is make sure that most girls are ready to mate and spawn when they graduate high school. They should have intensely practical classes in child-rearing, management and homemaking. They should also learn the skills they might need for a decent part-time clerical job. They should be given every opportunity to enhance their secondary sexual characteristics so they have a better shot at attracting the best quality DNA. For, as Aldous Huxley was palpably aware, for a girl to be really attractive, she needs to be “pneumatic.”
This is written in response to Bumblepuppies weekly challenge on Black Light Candelabra: For this week’s challenge, your title should create humor by bringing together two things that one does not normally see together. The two things might both appear in your title or you might create a clash between your title and the picture everyone will see immediately. Alternately, you could choose a title that will grab your regular readers’ attention for being far outside the scope of your normal tone and focus. Whatever you choose, make sure that your post is serious yet still relevant to the title you used for your starting point.