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Being a reality star does not make Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy fair game

Photo: Instagram.com/kyliejenner

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star may live her life in the public eye, but what she does with her body is no one’s business

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

So, Kylie Jenner is five months pregnant, reportedly. And, as much as I’ve tried to ignore the news – in my opinion, there is nothing redeemable about the Kardashian family, save for the often shameless, yet genius, PR tactics that keep their empire afloat – it’s everywhere.

Since TMZ broke the news on Friday, everyone but the 20-year-old Kylie Cosmetics mogul herself has had something to say about it, from “sources” close to the Kardashian/Jenner family saying that Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner will “support her no matter what” to fans proposing elaborate theories about the fact that Kylie could be acting as a surrogate for her older sister Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s baby.

Lena Dunham even chimed in about the celebrity’s so far unconfirmed, but pretty evident, pregnancy, calling out the “fertility industrial complex” for encouraging women to “stay neck in neck [with] reality stars who can’t drink yet” after a number of her friends said news of the pregnancy had triggered them.

Others, however, have taken a slightly more worrying approach to the news that Kylie and her 25-year-old boyfriend of five months, Travis Scott, are to have a child.

Is this another example of a spineless shock figure trying to get attention? Yes. But that doesn’t make his belief in his entitlement to telling a woman what to do with her body any less reckless

Ever the attention seeker, controversialist blogger Perez Hilton posted a video with his reaction to the news on YouTube, saying that although he “loves babies”, if he were Kylie’s mother he’d “tell that girl to get an abortion”.

“It's just sad because I don't want to project too much on Kylie but based on everything I know I don't think she's going to be a great mum,” he added, as if the opinion of a grown man who has literally dedicated his life to being obnoxious and trolling celebs matters when it concerns a child that is not his, and that he is not carrying himself.

And, if that wasn’t enough, in defence of his comments when the inevitable backlash ensued, Hilton’s immediate assumption was that people had taken issue with his encouragement of an abortion at a late stage in a woman’s pregnancy, rather than the fact that he thought his opinion on carrying a child was warranted at all. “What I meant to say [...] is that, if I were her mother, I would’ve told Kylie Jenner to get an abortion when they found out in July,” he clarified in a follow-up video, which was likely intended to stir the pot even further.

This is Perez Hilton we’re talking about, after all. The same Hilton who, in 2009, lodged similar insults at Lily Allen, claiming that her then wish to start a family was a “bad idea”, before telling her to “stick to intoxication instead of moving on to procreation”, as well as a string of other public instances of trolling, misogyny and racism on his part.

Is this another example of a spineless shock figure trying to get attention? Yes. But that doesn’t make his belief in his entitlement to telling a woman what to do with her body any less reckless. Women and pro-choice activists spend enough time trying to educate far more ordinary men about the same thing every day.

Unlike most young mothers, Jenner will most likely never have to worry about financially supporting herself or her child – in fact, her pregnancy will probably be the focal point of the upcoming season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But, ultimately, telling a woman – no matter who she is – what to do with her body is unacceptable.

@kubared

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