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Don’t assign personalities to famous women



Willy Rose copyThe “Kylie Jenner Lips Challenge” is sweeping the Web.

Videos of people sucking their lips into mason jars have flooded Twitter and other networks.

Kylie Jenner is known for her big lips and her older sisters, the Kardashians. She’s been on TV since she was 10, and her family is filthy rich.

Plenty of pearl-clutching Americans have been terrified of the Kardashians’ influence for years, and now that the Jenner girls, who are the Kardashians’ younger half sisters from a different father, have taken their spot in the limelight, everyone hates on them just as much.

I don’t have a very strong opinion of Kylie one way or the other.

I’m sure she is doing some things wrong with her life, but I also know she grew up in a family that raised her to do exactly what she’s doing, and that she’s 17.

On top of countless adults shaming Kylie online, people have begun pitting her against people whom they deem to be better examples for our youth.

I recently found an article on a website called Q Political comparing Kylie to one of the girls from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Sadie Robertson.

The writer, who is anonymous, spends the entire article shaming Kylie for dressing “promiscuously,” posting selfies and having a dysfunctional family.

First of all, whoever wrote this article is a grown person dragging a 17-year-old girl through the mud. Over 70,000 people have shared this article on social media.

Over 70,000 people apparently think it’s worthwhile to throw someone under the bus for having a dysfunctional family.

Beyond these glaring issues, this article pits two girls against each other without either of them consenting.

The two have never interacted on social media, but this article paints them as two contenders, clawing for the attention and idolization of America’s youth.

The reality of the situation is that both of these girls are part of families that have been broadcast nationally for several years, and people want them to be things they are not.

Unfortunately, the media at large has a history of pitting stars, especially women, against each other.

In November 2014, Lily Allen, a singer-songwriter from England, said the reason the media pits women against each other is that it’s the last bit of power men have over women. In the same interview, she said people put her in the same genre as other female artists simply because they have the same gender.

Lily has some harsh words to share, but she’s right.

The world takes issue with women who simply want to do their jobs and enjoy the benefits that come with it.

The world might say, “If they’re not viciously competing with each other, are they really succeeding?” or, “If they don’t have petty things to say about each other, what’s the point?”

It’s high time we let women exist in the media, in places they have earned or been given, without making up personalities for them.

We have to do this in everyday life too. No more, “I don’t understand women.” You cannot understand all women at once because they are all different people. Try meeting them one at a time.

Kylie Jenner and Sadie Robertson didn’t sign up to be enemies in a click-bait article.

Women, especially these girls who have grown up in the public eye, deserve to be treated with respect and full consideration as human beings, as all people do.

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