The Kardashian Witch Theory Stinks of Misogyny
Blaming powerful women for the actions of men is classic sexism.
With news of Kanye’s most recent mental breakdown, the rumours about the Kardashian witch curse have returned. Here’s why it’s a classic case of sexism.
The Kardashian witch myth or “Kardashian curse”, like all irrational theories about witches, is rooted in the fear of powerful/independent women. It’s essentially a belief that the Kardashian-Jenner family curse any man that becomes involved with them.
The “evidence” comes in the form of men’s lives going downhill after they become involved with a Kardashian or Jenner. Some even believe that the family is a coven of witches, who have been granted the power of beauty and fame through a dark spell.
The “victims” include men such as Lamar Odom, Kanye West, Kris Humphries, Tristan Thompson, and Scott Disick.
All of which have been in serious accidents, unfortunate events, lawsuits, career loss, and even suffered from mental breakdowns.
While it seems like a crazy conspiracy theory, it’s actually rooted in one of the most traditional forms of misogyny. One which was responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of women.
Witchcraft, despite what Hollywood movies, history books, and various religions state, is not a dark practice.
It’s a form of spirituality adopted by many women — one which brings them solace and understanding of the universe.
The history of the demonisation of witches, and women in general, dates back to an overtly misogynistic man. Henrich Kramer — a powerful man and the catalyst for the witch trials.
The hunting of witches was a patriarchal tool — used to kill women who were not conforming to rigid gender roles. Unconventional, powerful, unmarried, and non-gender conforming women were the main targets of these witch hunts.
It appears that the legacy of Kramer’s sexist work still thrives today.
In society, women are still accused of unethically “climbing” their way to the top. Flirting, sex, crying, and even witchcraft are suggested way before actual hard work. Similarly, when a woman fails or experiences hard times, she is always to blame.
For men, it’s the opposite. Any success they gain is through their hard work and perseverance. Any failings or struggles are usually blamed on the women in their life — mothers, girlfriends, wives, daughters. It’s textbook misogyny.
This blame game has plagued women for centuries.
The reality is, being in a relationship with a powerful woman is not the root cause of your problems. Perhaps toxic masculinity, money, fame, or personal issues are.
To begin, mental illness, such as Kanye’s bipolar illness and Lamar Odom’s drug addiction, are nobody’s fault.
Male career obstacles, which are predominately related to the NBA and NFL for the Kardashian men, cannot be blamed on wives and girlfriends. That should be a given.
The idea that women are the root of these problems only perpetuates the idea that sexually empowered women will corrupt and ruin a man. It’s a widely held belief, that a woman who doesn’t fit the patriarchal mold that has been created for them is somehow tainted.
This has and continues to harm women to this day. In some parts of the world, witch hunting still takes place, and of course, patriarchal structures are thriving in Western countries.
That’s not to say that The Kardashians are not problematic in their own right. From wealth hoarding, promoting questionable brands, and cultural appropriation — they have many legitimate concerns which they can be criticised for.
Importantly, these men are not “innocent”, and some have even used this imaginary Kardashian curse to avoid accountability. Scott Disick met with a psychic who explained to him that there was negative energy following him — something he immediately attributed to the Kardashians, and not the toxic wealthy men that he parties with on a weekly. It’s a classic result of a “boys will be boys” society, one which I was surprised to see feminist allies jumping on.
Briefly touching on Kanye West’s recent statements.
Again, none of which should be blamed on the Kardashians — something which he has already alluded to on Twitter. Without dismissing his obvious mental struggles, we cannot ignore his comments about slavery and women — both of which would be dangerous to the most marginalised communities in society.
West has a long history of anti-woman incidents. Think, the Taylor Swift incident, pro-life politics, and his misogynistic raps. This isn’t something we should laugh away and blame on a hypothetical woman’s curse.
Sex-positive, feminine women cannot “taint” a man. Men are to blame for their own actions, this should not be up for debate in the 21st century.