Kim Kardashian has received a lot of criticism over her pregnancy weight gain, with stars like Helena Christensen and Gwyneth Paltrow coming to her defense. Now famed feminist icon Gloria Steinem has as well.
Steinem tells US Weekly, “Our bodies are never public property under any circumstance. It’s wrong, and people in the street who feel the right to touch a pregnant woman’s belly ought to be arrested for harassment. Our bodies belong to us, and if we don’t invite touching, we shouldn’t tolerate it.”
She adds that criticizing a woman’s appearance doesn’t just hurt the woman in question, but society as a whole, and that it devalues both their brains and ours.
“If our bodies are treated as ornaments instead of instruments, that’s because we are rebelling because it’s an effort to distract us. So don’t be distracted. Why bother getting caught up in that?” says Steinem.