• Wed, Jan 9 2013

In Defense Of Kim Kardashian’s Motherhood

Kim Kardashian rings in the New Year at 1 Oak Nightclub at The Mirage Resort and Casino Las Vegas, NV

God help me, I’m about to defend a Kardashian.

As you, your parents and the Mayans all know, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to have a baby. They’re going to have a baby that, in all likelihood, will not save the world nor be the antichrist. It will almost certainly vomit and wear diapers and require feedings in the middle of the night. It will not be inherently self-centered — though babies, by definitely, are screamers and criers that require constant attention. All in all, it’ll simply be a baby, much to the dismay of the world who will look at it — as occurs when any two famous people procreate — as something much, much more.

So when I started reading about the outcry against Lady K’s competency as a parent, I found myself getting irritated with the amount of scrutiny she’s fallen under, including Twitter trolls calling her an “unfit mother” just because she went to a New Year’s Eve party and some people snapped photos.

Look, I don’t like Kim Kardashian any more than the next (mostly) sensible human being. I understand that she is irritating, ignorant and all-but-requires an intravenous stream of attention except when sleeping. But she is going to be a mother, and regardless of how incredibly obnoxious her own mom is, it’s somewhat unfair to judge whether or not she’s “unfit” just because she leaves the house as a pregnant lady.

Yes, she may dress is hilariously uncomfortable-looking maternity clothes, some of which border on appalling, and, yes, she may still be going out in the evening, but the former just means she’s got bad taste (not exactly breaking news) and the latter implies nothing except she’s still active in the nightlife that has, however stupidly, made her famous.

If she’s drinking or smoking, then obviously she’s doing something irresponsible. But there’s no proof, or even “insider” testimonials, regarding that type of behavior. I think this issue is much more about the way people judge pregnant women’s actions as though they’re terrible mothers if they do anything but sit and knit pastel booties whilst staring longingly out the bedroom window.

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    Yes! I’m actually pretty stoked for them. They’ve both wanted kids for ages and have been friends for a long time, so what’s the issue? #ISupportKimye

  • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

    Every time I read about this kind of bullshit I am even more motivated to continue my one-woman crusade against the constant and cruel societal and media policing of women who are mothers. AND KIM IS NOT EVEN A MOTHER YET. Her body, her baby, her choice, her life. PERIOD. AARGGHHH

  • Bianca

    For the love of god, proofread! I couldn’t even concentrate on the story since the writing is so terrible!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marta.browne Marta Browne

    Hmm… Press would have had a field day with me (if I were famous) – I was still rockin’ at a hens night with half hourly contractions! And a tight dress!

    • Samantha_Escobar

      They would either have a field day with my pregnant craziness or be insanely bored because I’d never leave the house.

      P.S. I love the term “hens night,” omg.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marta.browne Marta Browne

      Americans call it a bachelorette party. But we call them hens’ & bucks’ nights in Australia.

  • jsterling93

    I don’t like Kim but I am right there with you. I am 6 months along I still go out to my favorite pub once a week with my hubby to shoot pool. We also go to parties. The differance is I no longer drink and I have to wear flats because my feet hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/MathildeHoeg Mathilde Hoeg Boisen

    I’m 23 as well: Evelyn (!), Elizabeth, Adam and James. I have four names so a potential father has some choice as well. I’m not having four kids.

  • meteor_echo

    I’m childfree and also thought about baby names when I was a teen and still was brainwashed into thinking that children are a must. I think the names were Sophiya, Veronika…and there was some other name I don’t remember well. At least I can name webcomic characters or pets like that now, so there’s that! :)

  • whiteroses

    I think that the scariest thing for Kim Kardashian would be if everyone did exactly as you suggested- if everyone stopped judging her, then that would mean that she would be irrelevant. To be honest, I have a certain amount of admiration for the Kardashians. They’ve managed to take a sex tape and build it into a multi-gazillion dollar brand. But you can’t live your life in the public eye as they have done and then demand privacy when it suits your purpose. It just doesn’t work that way. If they were famous based on their talent, then I could understand these demands for “don’t judge me, don’t look at us, don’t get in our face.” But the fact is, they’ve built their lives on voyeurism, so it’s really hard for us to take any demands for privacy seriously. I’m not saying that they don’t deserve to live their lives as they see fit- but it’s really hard to take the statement “she’s a normal mother and deserves her privacy” seriously. If they choose not to put their baby on TV, more power to them. But when you make your living making your most private business everyone else’s, it’s hard to take you seriously.