Kylie Jenner blasted over Barely Legal blusher

accreditation

Kylie Jenner has been hypersexualised since puberty. Tabloids were commenting on her body, her boobs and her lips when she was still a child.

Now the youngest Jenner child has launched a new range of blushes for Kylie Cosmetics which has sparked outrage online. Why?

Well, the blushes have suggestive shade names like Hot and Bothered, Hopeless Romantic, Barely Legal, Virginity and X Rated.

And even though Kylie is 19, going on 20, many people feel that this is “inappropriate” due to her tender age and the average age of her fans and target market.



Is it just us who is picking up on the double standards here?

Why is it suddenly shameful when a young woman of 19, almost 20, is embracing her sexuality? The same young woman who was sexualised long before she even got a chance to own her sexual prowess.

It is disturbing how young women’s bodies are seen as sex objects to be commented on freely by the public when it suits them, especially when they are famous. But have you noticed how the moment those same women harness their own sexual power and use it for their benefit how quickly the morality police suddenly appear?  

It's 2017 and women who exercise their right to sexual autonomy are still shamed. We are constantly reminded that we don't have a right to be "into sex". When it comes to sex, women should be passive, not active.

Also, women embracing their sexuality should be seen for what it is - a radical act of self-love and body positivity...

Whenever a woman claims and own her erotic potential she is branded "trash". I’ve lost count of the number of times there has been a Twitter uproar over yet another man who leaked nude images of their ex-girlfriend (a crime, by the way) - where the woman is blamed for sending the pics in the first place.

Read more: Fashion’s twisted relationship with boobs – where do nipples stand in 2017?

And it goes even deeper than that. If a woman openly admits to enjoying sex she given all sorts of labels – something comediennes Tumi Morake and Vanessa Frost addressed so well in their theatre production, Tease.


Women embracing their sexuality should be seen for what it is - a radical act of self-love and body positivity in a world that has made so many women feel insecure about their bodies and their right to pleasure.

Women are expected to be the gatekeepers of sex. To be prudish and pious when men are given free range to do what they want and feel what they want and take what they want.

For too long women have been humiliated when they own sex. This centuries-old suppression of female sexuality has been carried right through to the millennial age and it’s exhausting.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Do you think it's important to get married in this day and age?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's important in order to create a family unit and for companionship
22% - 694 votes
Not at all. Being single is far more liberating
9% - 285 votes
There is no general answer to this, it's each to their own
50% - 1575 votes
Yes, society still frowns on unmarried people, especially women
1% - 41 votes
It depends on whether you are able to find a compatible partner
18% - 562 votes
Vote