Emily Ratajkowksi has responded on social media to school TV host Piers Morgan on feminism after he criticised her recent shoot for LOVE Magazine.
Feminism is all about freedom and choice for women across the world.
Seasoned misogynist Piers Morgan, however, has yet to grasp this fact. So, during an episode of Good Morning Britain, he made a point of criticising model Emily Ratajkowksi for her recent calendar photoshoot, calling her a “global bimbo”.
The images, which featured Ratajkowksi wearing lingerie and covered in spaghetti, were part of LOVE Magazine’s annual calendar.
But Morgan tweeted Ratajkowksi with a photo of her from the shoot, and implied past feminists would be ashamed of her:
“This is Emily Ratajkowski ‘promoting feminism’. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited.”
“Lol, never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with their bodies and sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I can have opinions about feminism and also do sexy photo shoots – okay. Thanks,” she wrote.
And Morgan, replied by quoting her tweet, followed by a reference to LOVE Magazine’s Instagram post:
“Lol, you literally posted a statement about feminism with your spaghetti snaps.”
LOVE Magazine had previously uploaded a video of Ratajkowski (Monday 4 December) from the shoot and included a caption about women having choices, saying: “To me, female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her.
“The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex - those are my decisions and they shouldn’t be impacted by men. Being sexy is fun and I like it. I should never have to apologise for that. My life is on my terms and if I feel like putting on sexy underwear, it’s for me. Personal choice is the core ideal in my concept of feminism.”
The caption went on to reference the recent Harvey Weinstein alleged sexual abuse allegations, saying: “Katie directed us to say ‘stay strong’ at the end of each video and I think it’s a message from one woman to another. You’re watching a video of a girl grinding in lingerie or whatever else and she is looking into the camera at the end saying, ‘you do you, however YOU want to, fuck the rest’.
“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. I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice.”
Ratajkowski and LOVE then addressed the online abuse which the model, and other women, have directly received from men.
“Do you think viewers will understand that, given the current wider conversation about the sexual objectification of women? Why or why not? What are the risks? This is something I’ve battled with personally and publicly. I’ve had men comment on sexy images of me online and say ‘this is empowering to you? Ha! I just masturbated to it so hope you feel good about yourself!’ I guess that’s the way people can react, which ironically, ultimately serves my point. I don’t care about your reaction or what you do with my expression of self. In fact, it has nothing to do with you at all and that’s the point-which is why it feels good. Ultimately, if a woman wants to wear a burka or nothing at all, it’s great if it’s what she wants and feels good about,” they wrote.
Naturally, social media users have been keen to back up this statement.
“Well said, Emily,” one user posted.
“Girl keep doing you, he’s clearly obsessed with the fact that you are strong, confident, and smart!,” wrote another user.
Images: Twitter / Rex Features