Kardashian pregnancy rumors (and confirmations) came fast and furious over the weekend, first with unconfirmed reports that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is pregnant with boyfriend Travis Scott, followed quickly by the *confirmed* news that older sister Khloé Kardashian is expecting with her boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.
While this news unfolded on Sunday, Halloween costume company, Yandy (home of the “sexy fake news” costume) created a $60 costume they call, “Reality Star in the Making,” clearly a nod to Jenner, but with a huge baby bump. While Halloween has no shortage of ridiculous “sexy” costumes, mocking a young woman’s possible pregnancy is all sorts of wrong for various reasons.
The KarJenner clan has put a great deal of work into *not* answering the question once and for all, which could mean any number of things — including that she just doesn’t want to share her medical history with the world, which is totally her right. No matter how famous they are, a person’s potential pregnancy falls well into the realm of “none of anyone’s business.”
Jenner has fought pregnancy rumors for years, denying several before she even turned 18. Now, suppose hypothetically that the rumors were true in the first place (which we should NOT assume, but roll with us here). That means that the pregnancies had ended either voluntarily or otherwise. To speculate over Jenner’s rumored pregnancies ignores real facts of women’s reproductive health: Miscarriage can have very negative emotional impacts on the people who suffer from them, and abortion is a deeply personal medical choice.
Another thing is that *if* (and that’s a big if) Jenner is even pregnant, she would have been only 19 years old at the time of conception. Whether the pregnancy was planned or not (if it exists), and regardless of her celebrity status, mocking a teen for becoming pregnant is pretty low.
With Halloween season coming full steam ahead, costumes that mock other women, or assume the only way to dress is “sexy,” do little to support equality. As long as we continue to demean other cultures, races, and individual women by “dressing up” as them for Halloween, we’re perpetuating negative stereotypes about people and erasing their humanity.
As women, we constantly have to fight against unrealistic beauty ideals, moral ideals (don’t be too shy or too sexy), or unattainable career and motherhood goals. It’s about time we started refusing to publicly shame another woman for our perception of her life choices — even if she’s famous for being on reality TV.
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