• Fri, Sep 14 2012

Gawking At Kate Middleton’s Topless Photos Isn’t Enough; Now Everyone’s Body-Snarking, Too

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:

dj-deric commented:

She kinda looks emaciated, a little too thin.

Wintermute replied:

I wouldn’t say emaciated, but definitely too thin to be considered sexy.

ProlapsePest added:

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.

Photo: fitnessanddefense.com

 

 

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  • scallywag

    Ultimately one has to wonder to what extent public titillation is being served by releasing naked images of the future Queen of England or whether one should except despite her title she is fair game given her status as a public figure? Either way the images are sure to cause heart ache within the royal family as it grapples with snafu after snafu and once again has to contend with the fact that the media will ultimately have its way. So much for the media’s right to free expression one may wonder….?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/09/nsfw-kate-middleton-naked-nude-pictures-published-what-now/

    • camilla

      she will never be the Queen of England, because she isn’t from a noble family..

      and taking topless tabloid fotos of anyone, is shamefull and pathetic..

  • Marribell

    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

    Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/look/kate-middleton-topless-photos-sunbathing-rude-body-snarking-160/#ixzz26SnY8OEd

    How does this become an American issue? England is loaded with tabloids that post whatever they wish without repercussion and as I might point out, these pics were published in a FRENCH tabloid, the same country that KILLED the Princess of Wales. Americans LOVE Kate & Will, she is a class act!! as for you above……well, you can’t fix stupid now can you? I refuse to look at the pics, I adore the Duchess and would want someone to respect my privacy. Tabloids are trash and lies.

    • Southerngirl

      Very well said.

  • SIB

    Maybe the only thing that these ill-gotten photos of Kate, prove, is that she is a beautiful woman, inside and out… Now that’s simple enough for all you pandering, pedantic twits, isn’t it?

  • R

    There are many issues, expectation of privacy, etc. What matter to me is that Kate topless or Kate with veil shows a woman dressing appropriated for each circunstance. If she was with veil at the swim pool or topless in a islamic dominated country, so maybe it could become a problem. Behind the papparazzi activity, there is a chauvinist society trying to outlaw the topless itself and every woman right.

  • CK

    This is not a royal family scandal this is a media scandal.