Yes, Kate Middleton reportedly sunbathed nude. And yes, a tabloid-y French magazine published the photos. And yes, as a result, some people think this is their chance to start body-snarking and opining about Kate’s body.
First, the background for those of you who missed it: The French magazine Closer just published pics of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless while she and Prince William were vacationing at the French chateau of the Queen’s nephew, Lord Linley.
While we refuse to perpetuate this invasion of privacy by showing the photos here, this latest royal family scandal is seemingly perpetuating the myth that public figures are prime for body-snarking. Comments about Kate’s body are already streaming in, proving once again, our society’s obsession with weight and looks.
On Gawker.com, several readers expressed their rude opinions about Kate’s body:
She kinda looks emaciated, a little too thin.
I wouldn’t say emaciated, but definitely too thin to be considered sexy.
i wouldn’t call those tits, she must be anorexic, lol, poor willie
It’s disappointing, to say the least. No matter how public someone is, their bodies are not public property. Calling out a woman because she is too thin, too fat, too emaciated, too whatever, is never right. And it’s not only the media who eats this up–body-snarking has become a public past-time for many people who believe it’s their place and their right to tear apart someone else’s waist, hips, thighs or boobs simply because they are a celebrity, model or royal figure. It’s shameful, really, the way our society is trending. No wonder women and girls have such poor body images these days.
Who could possibly feel confident at the gym or in a bikini with the fear that others are sizing us up? If we’re too thin, well we must have an eating disorder. If we’re too fat, we must be lazy slobs. If our arms are too muscular, we are manly. If they’re too skinny, we are weak. If we have nice breasts, we must have had a boob job. And if we have a flat stomach, surely we had a tummy tuck.
Too many people seem to think women are objects to gawk at and critique. And poor Kate Middleton is right in the middle of it all. Even Katie Couric commented the other day that Kate was “getting too thin.”
But, alas, there is hope. Some people do seem to get it. The best comment we have seen about this whole scandal came from lj90nine:
Too bad americans are so insecure they have to snigger at pictures of boobs. If they’d stop being so freakin’ PARANOID, they might stop bombing countries, start allowing people who love each other to get married, and maybe, just *maybe*, stop treating the beautiful human body with such disrespect….. and start loving and embracing it.
Right on. Let’s stop mocking each other’s bodies and embrace the truly strong, functional, powerful gifts that they are. And Kate, keep sunbathing nude if you want. You have every right to do what you wish with your body. It’s the slimy paparazzi who should feel ashamed–not you.