First, she spoke out against the unrealistic image of postpartum mothers perpetuated by the tabloids, when her image was photoshopped on the cover of OK. See below for the reality vs. fantasy versions:
Major points to Kourtney for speaking out about it, and even correcting that, as WWD Media reported, she didn't gain 26 pounds, but 40.
Then, the Unnecesarean alerted me to the coverage of her birth as portrayed on the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" show. This was full of awesome for several reasons, including her relaxed demeanor upon her water breaking and throughout the subsequent early labor, but most amazingly, the public got to see a completely calm and composed Kourtney reaching down and pulling out her own baby.
You can watch the whole thing on Jezebel. The impact of such an image (standing in opposition to the hyperbolic panic, agony and chaos portrayed in both fictitious and "birth reality" shows like "A Baby Story") can be seen in the comments there, as woman after (presumably young) woman remarks that she had NO IDEA birth could be like that.
And today, Blacktating alerted me to a quote from Ms. K on nursing in public:
"If I have to feed him, I just whip it out. If I'm doing it in public and someone doesn't like it — don't look. I don't give a shit."Apologies if anyone doesn't love the swearing, but to me the message more than makes up for it.
Kourtney, you've got me. I'm a fan. I don't care if you're privileged beyond comprehension, I don't care if most of your show is otherwise as vapid as they come. Like it or not, people, she IS a role model to a lot of young women, and though these might be small steps that aren't nearly as radical as we might personally choose or advocate for - these are small steps that can clock some major mileage.
Perhaps Paris Hilton will one day have a home lotus birth, complete with placenta encapsulation, will go on to model the finest in slings and mei tais, will breastfeed her intact child openly in the front row during fashion week, and eventually let her child wean whenever he/she likes, between 3 and 5 or so.
I can dream.