Anonymous said: How do you rectify your criticisms of Kim Kardashian's materialism when you clearly buy a shitload of high-end clothes, jewelry, etc. There is a sliding scale of materialism and commodity fetishism, which you clearly are a part of, as is Kardashian.
Thank you for this question! This is a topic that is so confusing and frustrating for me at least. One of my best friends Steph and I literally talk about this everyday. So I’ll start with this intro.
Here is a post where I spoke a little about diamonds.
Here is one snippet of our chat conversation:
Steph: i just read your post about sam/madison/diamonds
hypocrisy is what rules our world… it’s “cool” to be aware, but no one REALLY wants to give up anything to get there… you know? even the people with the best intentions. and most of the time they/we/one don’t even realize it. it takes real drive and focus to change in a society like the US that’s so consumerism-driven
any-who - liked your post. feel that way most days. i find myself conflicted all the time. but ti’s soooo the reason why i’ve been so adamant with sean about a ring. i don’t want to be hypocritical. diamonds are pretty. but living people are prettier.
Me: yeah its so true.
its so confusing and frustrating
Steph: i find myself having to spend more time to change the things i’m doing on a daily basis that I do learning about the world and/or working with others hah. it seems counter-intuitive
Steph: But i do think that more people need to find ways to live that promote the message they want to convey. I know I can do more, but there are so many people out there that just don’t really truly give a shit.
Me: exactly, thats usually my point. that there are people who literally are clueless or know something is bad and don’t care
There are so many factors that go into this discussion of material goods and consumerism. Yes, I have material items (clothes, shoes, purses) and I do enjoy to shop. But I mean, if Kim and I were on the same graph depicting output of money used to purchase material items I wouldn’t even be visible next to her - I might be a teeny tiny little dot. That is kind of just silly to compare me to her, but I think I know your real point.
About 5 or 6 years ago, I was still growing up and not sure who I was and really liked designers and diamonds etc. I still own Louis Vuitton, Gucci, David Yurman, etc from when I used to think it meant something. Then I started studying international politics and my world changed. I am now much more cautious about what I purchase and where it comes from. I prefer to support local artists, sustainable designers, and refrain from unnecessary purchases. But, I still have my iphone, my macbook, and certain things that I consider necessities and its a conflicting feeling. But I am not ignorant, I make time to give back, and I dedicated my education to poverty studies.
I can justify my purchases because I also budget my money so I have the ability to travel. When I travel I budget my time so I can volunteer. I make no money working in nonprofit because I vowed that I would be part of the community that ends poverty in our lifetime. I talk about these issues so that people know there is something, even little that they can do to make a change. I have made changes in my life.
I think spending $20 million on one ring is disgusting and ignorant and selfish. Do you know what $20 million dollars could do to help global issues? Do you know what could be done if more celebrities joined together to actually make real differences instead of just appearing at benefits or being the face of causes? I think they have the spotlight, they have the platform to show by example and most just waste our time (the media is to blame too) with nonsense and outrageous consumerism.
This is more like it.