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Are the Kardashians-Jenners feminists? Show more Show less

The Kardashian-Jenners have built an empire worth over a billion dollars around their name alone. While some argue their entrepreneurship is inspiring for young women, others point to their sexualization and fixation on appearance as evidence they are bad influences on young women. Are the Kardashian-Jenners empowering, feminist figures? Or do they demean all that feminism stands for?

No, the Kardashians are not feminist Show more Show less

The Kardashians only give lip service to feminism to profiteer from it.
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The Kardashians cash in on any social movements which will further their fame

The Kardashians cash in on feminism when it's convenient. They use International Women's Day to sell merchandise that further funds their business empire, instead of using the opportunity to help other women.
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Context

The Argument

There is no denying that celebrities have a certain influential power over the people who follow them, especially in this day and age of social media. The social cause they choose to endorse can gain an exponential boost from it. Then there are those who use such causes to boost their own bank accounts, much like the Kardashian-Jenners. They on the one hand claim to be feminists and with the other stuff their pockets by, for instance, releasing a collection of supposedly feminist ‘kimojis’ charging $2.99 for the pack or by reinforcing infantilization (Khloe dancing to baby shark for the Skims shapewear shoot). The Kardashian-Jenners are true followers of the principle that all publicity is good publicity, and as long as they see an opportunity to capitalize on, they don’t really care for the collateral damage it may cause. For example when Kylie Cosmetics put Jordy Lip Kit at half price amidst the whole Khloe-Tristan-Jordyn debacle.

Counter arguments

As far as the Khloe-Tristan-Jordyn debacle is concerned, Kylie Jenner later cleared the air around the sale of Jordyn Lip Kits at half off on the website of her cosmetic company by saying that she was unaware of the sale. Their strong familial bonds are the backbone of their empire and they always support and look out for each other.

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Premises

[P1] - The Kardashian-Jenners very often use social causes to fill their own bank accounts, irrespective of the cost on the intent of the different social movements. [P2] - They do not believe in bad press.

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