If you listen closely, you can still hear the echoes from model and actress Emily Ratajkowski's feminist clapback bouncing off British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan's Twitter account.
On December 5, he tweeted tone-deaf comments about pictures where Ratajkowski dared to display and own her sexuality in a recent photo shoot for Love magazine, saying, " This is Emily Ratajkowski 'promoting feminism'. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst [a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote] just vomited."
Pitting one woman against another isn't how feminism works. But beyond that, Ratajkowski was quick to point out in a response tweet that, while her Love video was never intended as a feminist statement, "... it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies [and] sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I️ can have opinions about feminism [and] also do sexy photo shoots k thanks."
After Ratajkowski posted her clapback on December 7, it has since received more than 20,000 likes and 3,000 retweets. Morgan's original tweet has received 2,500 likes and 400 retweets.
In a subsequent tweet posted an hour later, Ratajkowski further clarified her stance on feminism and the power of self-determination she hopes it instills in women during the ongoing #MeToo movement. "In the wake of the Harvey fallout and women coming forward with incredible amounts of sexual harassment cases, I have been so disappointed to hear women talk about 'modesty' and 'our responsibility' as if we need to, yet again, adjust to make it “easier” for the rest of the world. I’m tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skirt or post a sexy Instagram," she wrote. "I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice."
That tweet has since received an additional 6,000 likes and 1,200 retweets.
While Ratajkowski directly addressed only one area of the full feminist spectrum, the right for any female-identifying person — regardless of race, age, or biological sex — to feel comfortable and proud in their own skin is an important, and non-negotiable, step on feminism's path to true equality.
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