But, while his vitriolic bulls**t often goes unchecked, the women of the internet recently joined forces to take him down – and it was truly glorious.
It all kicked off when Morgan decided to make A Very Big Deal out of the fact that he was returning to work with an injury.
“I’ll be co-hosting Good Morning Britain tomorrow with three broken ribs,” he bragged.
Annoying, we suppose, but not enough to get our blood boiling. That came in Morgan’s second statement, which read: “For the more fragile snowflakes among you, this is called ‘manning up’.”
It wasn’t one of the worst things that Morgan has ever said, by far (trust us on this one) and he no doubt used the phrase on purpose given his previous ridiculous and dangerous statements on men and mental health, but his tweet proved to be the metaphorical straw that broke the camel’s back.
As one, the women of the internet came together to roar back at the television presenter – and, thus, a very badass hashtag was born: #WomanUp.
Some reminded Morgan that they were forced to deal with chronic illnesses every single day of their lives.
Sat my A-levels with undiagnosed stage 4 cancer and still got into university. Woman up. https://t.co/Regu9MHpZO— WaterHelen 🍉 (@helenbirch_) September 4, 2017
Others opened up about returning to work following serious operations of their own:
Back at work after major surgery (hysterectomy w other, related stuff) after 3wks. And I worked @ home after the first week. #womanup— Moggy Bee 🌻 (@MoggyBee) September 6, 2017
I went to work after having part of my foot amputated, Piers, and didn't call attention to myself for it, just did my damn job. #womanup— 2nd Tuesday of June (@StanSanvers) September 4, 2017
My modest contribution:— Em✍️🖌️🎨🖼️📚🇨🇦 (@penpencilbrush) September 6, 2017
Walked on a broken ankle for a week before being ambo'd to Emergency by Dr's orders. #WomanUp
Some battle flu, fever, and sickness to get back on the daily grind:
I drove 8 hours round trip to pack up & pick up my son w/ autismfrom school while I had 102 fever, bronchitis and pleurisy from coughing. pic.twitter.com/XqKyRJldl8— headless_snowman (@hockeyhoose15) September 4, 2017
There were plenty of nightmarish childbirth stories to wade through:
I gave birth twice with no drugs and tore open the packets of stitches to sew me up with my *teeth* as there was a staff shortage. Woman up. https://t.co/xyTnF9vnVl— Juliet (@Jsoosty) September 3, 2017
And let’s not forget the monster that is PMS:
Bravo Piers. Most women, once a month, can still go into work while experiencing cramps more painful than your broken ribs #WomanUp— Yessica Amaya (@YessicaOGAma) September 6, 2017
Susanna Reid, naturally, couldn’t resist getting in on the Morgan-shaming action herself.
Many used it to school Morgan on the fact that some illnesses cannot be seen – and that, despite his past comments to the contrary, mental health is every bit as important as the physical.
It goes without saying that Morgan’s message was not only sexist in terms of the vernacular used, but also sent an incredibly dangerous message: that we should always put work ahead of our own wellbeing, no matter what.
And, judging by all of the women struggling to make it into the office when they're feeling awful, it's clear that this toxic culture of presenteeism is even more pervasice than we first thought.
Our culture’s emphasis on 100% attendance means that seven out of 10 employees working in private firms – which equates to a not-insignificant 18 million of us – have headed into work despite being unwell.
Additionally, so many of us going into work with visible (or audible – think of all the coughing and sneezing fits) conditions makes it even more difficult for those with invisible conditions to request a day off.
Earlier this year, Lena Dunham revealed that she had been called out for taking a sick day by a fan, who informed her that she had been at work just six days after a caesarean.
This was a response yesterday when I said I would be cancelling an appearance at a bookstore because I was sick. At first it made me laugh a lot- like, oh, I'm sorry, I left your award in the car. But then I really contemplated how dark it is that our culture prizes these speedy recovery narratives because guess what? They're actually ways to keep women from feeling fucking pissed that they don't have proper maternity leave or medical and family care resources. We may not have an imminent policy change on the way, but we can change the way we talk about this stuff, and treat childbirth (or fatherhood! Or illness!) as the serious and personal journeys that they are. #leftyourawardinthecar #nooffense #paidfamilyleaveforall
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Writing about the interaction, Dunham said: “At first it made me laugh a lot- like, oh, I'm sorry, I left your award in the car. But then I really contemplated how dark it is that our culture prizes these speedy recovery narratives, because guess what?
“They're actually ways to keep women from feeling f**king pissed that they don't have proper maternity leave or medical and family care resources.”
She finished: “We may not have an imminent policy change on the way, but we can change the way we talk about this stuff, and treat childbirth (or fatherhood! Or illness!) as the serious and personal journeys that they are.#leftyourawardinthecar #nooffense#paidfamilyleaveforall”
Dunham’s words echoed that of our very own Lucy Mangan, who says that we “need to break this vicious cycle in which we have all become prepared to work until we drop – and then crawl on the floor to the office instead – and learn to put our health first.
“Employers need to accept that without this happening both we and they have nothing.
“And if we can’t do it? Well, a great sickness indeed infects us all.”
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