Last week Kim Kardashian's full nude pics made the news the same day that mankind landed on a comet. Regardless of your personal feelings about Kim or comets, about how much money was spent or wasted, this is the first time in history we've gotten a camera this close to a comet. It's also the first time in history a beautiful world-famous-wealthy-married-with-child woman has posed fully nude in a popular non-porn publication. Even if Kim makes your eyes roll, her photos are still an unprecedented victory for freedom. Just as landing on a comet is an unprecedented victory for science, even if space travel makes you motion sick.
These two events remind us freedom and science go hand in hand. There's no technology or space exploration without freedom. The Dark Ages prove that. And there's no freedom without science, which the discovery of The Rights of Man proved. Now, thanks to science, the comet landing puts us closer than we've ever been to knowing the origins of life. And thanks to freedom, Kim's pics put us closer than we've ever been to a full understanding of the beauty and meaning of the female body, something that today is fast becoming the power driving modern women's rights, with FEMEN and FREETHENIPPLE leading the way.
Of course there are those who insist Kim's done nothing to warrant such attention. A lot of them. But let's remember that an alarming number of people also doubt we ever landed on the moon. Beauty's not a myth or a lie, it's a talent like any other, like intelligence, athleticism or musicality. No more, and no less. All talents are in-born, they can all be used for good or bad purposes, and they can all be practiced and perfected, or not. It's a scientific impossibility for someone to actually be "famous for no reason" or "for doing nothing" so let's remember that Kim Kardashian is famous for her beauty and sex appeal, and that they are real. As real and as popular as Marilyn Monroe's were in her day.
Sure some people may have a problem with beauty and sexuality, but that's not a flaw in Kim. They may complain she uses Photoshop or surgery. But imagine if the whole world cried for the comet landing to be banned from the media, that intelligence was unrealistic and that using computers to do it was "cheating", that it was "brainist" and set impossible standards that hurt our children's self-esteem. How close to that comet would we have gotten? Would we even have tried? Or for that matter, how long would science or even civilization last, period? Yet in the field of freedom, against all odds and opposition, that is exactly what Kim has done. She's achieved the beauty equivalent of landing on a comet. And she's done it with millions of people trying to stop her!
Mankind only takes giant leaps forward when freedom and science are equally recognized and respected. The last time they joined hands they led us into the industrial revolution and vaulted us into space to land on Comet 67P. If we want to move forward on such a grand scale again, we have to learn to stop belittling women pushing the boundaries of freedom. We need to allow a beauty revolution to launch us into an era of empowerment for women.
No one knows exactly what that would look like, any more than we knew what a comet looked like last week. Kim's pics are only a small fragment. But shall we not go then? Or shall we try anyway: to imagine and create not only a world where everyone praises Kim as much as a comet landing, but where women's freedom is totally respected, where beauty, sex, success and innocent selfishness (which is the reason we need freedom in the first place) are not hated, but allowed, admired and desired?
It's something we've yet to achieve.
Kim has. And that's why she's news.