Kim K: Wedded to One & With Child by Another; Is that Immoral?
4 months ago
Or does she get a pass? After all, she's not the first.
News of Kim Kardashian's pregnancy has largely been reported with congratulations and compliments, but that doesn't mean one tiny detail is being overlooked: that though she is expecting a baby with boyfriend, Kanye West, she is still legally married to estranged husband, Kris Humphries.
Let's get you up to speed: On October 31, 2011, after seven months of dating, a three-month engagement (marked by a 20.5-carat, $2 million ring), and a four-hour, two-night televised special (of their $10 million wedding), Kim filed for divorce from Kris after just 72 days of marriage.
Six months later, in April 2012, she and Kanye went public as a couple and, nine months after that, on New Year's Eve, all headlines regarding resolutions (the ones you likely won't keep) were quickly replaced by the news of their pending celeb-spawn.
As you can see, nowhere in that summary is a divorce mentioned because Kris has refused to sign the documents unless Kim admits, at his request, that their union was a fraud, and returns the aforementioned ring. She hasn't. (Their divorce has now lasted 5 times longer than the marriage itself.)
While many have applauded (and encouraged) women to move on and find happiness following failed relationships (see: any Jennifer Aniston headline since 2005), it seems Kim—clearly not plagued by her pesky divorce proceedings—has called their bluff, having moved on in a way that's, well, not as widely accepted.
Jenny Triplett, who co-authored with her husband "Surviving Marriage in the 21st Century: 13 Easy Tips That Will Help You Get to 20 Years and Beyond," believes Kim's made (yet another) misstep.
"Having a baby with someone out of wedlock period is immoral," said Triplett. "Having a baby with someone else while married to another is a double immoral conundrum. Marriage is being made a mockery of because she is a Kardashian. It's wrong, by all parties, and it sets an awful message to those that follow her."
Relationship author Theresa Roemer ("Nude: Unveiling Your Inner Beauty and Sensuality") is concerned, too, with how Kim's clout could influence others.
"Our society seems to embrace women having children without being married," said Roemer. "And they seem to shine a spotlight on them as role models, but are these the role models we want for our young children? I would hope that the media would frown upon Kim's behavior. She has a large following that includes younger girls—like her sisters—and we should expect more from her."