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Kim Kardashian discusses selfies and Kanye at talk hosted by San Francisco club

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SAN FRANCISCO — Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some merely as a sexual object.

The reality TV star talked briefly about how women are portrayed in the media during a Tuesday night appearance in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.

PHOTO: In this June 24, 2015 photo, American television and social media personality,socialite, and model Kim Kardashian poses during a photocall at the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France.   The reality TV star is scheduled to speak and sign copies of her new coffee table book “Selfish” during a Tuesday, June 30 night event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, which bills itself as the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
In this June 24, 2015 photo, American television and social media personality,socialite, and model Kim Kardashian poses during a photocall at the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France. The reality TV star is scheduled to speak and sign copies of her new coffee table book “Selfish” during a Tuesday, June 30 night event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, which bills itself as the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Kardashian allowed that while other people might regard her constant posing in front of a camera as degrading, it doesn't matter as long as she is happy with the results.

During an hour-long Q&A before an adoring audience that was mostly young and female, she also revealed that her husband, rapper Kanye West, came up with the idea and title for her new book of selfies called "Selfish."

Kardashian's visit provoked minor controversy because the Commonwealth Club is known for tackling serious topics.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, American television personality Kim Kardashian poses for photographers as she attends the Cannes Lions 2015 in Cannes, southern France.  The reality TV star is scheduled to speak and sign copies of her new coffee table book “Selfish” during a Tuesday, June 30 night event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, which bills itself as the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.(AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
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