When will Piers Morgan stop? The TV personality is up to his old tricks, offering up commentary about how women should and should not present their bodies and sexuality, name-calling (his latest misogynist nickname bequeathed to model Emily Ratajkowski? “Global bimbo.” Nice.) and determining—because he’s such an expert—what makes a “good feminist.” Spoiler alert: as in many cases in the past (see: when he mansplained his take on feminism with regards to the Women’s March; when he said Jennifer Aniston was because she had appeared on magazine covers; and when he previously dragged Ratajkowski for a past ), Morgan is pretty much full of shit.
On December 5, Morgan took to his Twitter account to insult the model and actress for a recent mocking her for “promoting feminism” and following it up with one arrogant after .
This is Emily Ratajkowski ‘promoting feminism’.
Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)
The broadcaster also blasted Ratajkowski on his TV show, , telling her to “get some clothes on and get a proper job.” His co-host Susanna Reid also got in on the action: “Piers has got a personal vendetta against her. She likes to think taking her clothes off is promoting feminism.” Cute. Always awesome to see women supporting women in 2017.
He also told viewers: “She’s posted something on Instagram about how what we are watching now is unbelievably empowering to feminists” and “I don’t know quite what she is. She’s a global bimbo.”
Ratajkowski responded to his comments on Twitter, calling his response “classic sexism.” She wrote: “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 & sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks.”
Preach, . Why is the notion that women can “have opinions about feminism and also do sexy photo shoots”—or wear revealing clothing or sleep with whomever they please—just so difficult for some people to wrap their heads around?
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 & sexuality is actually just classic sexism. I️ can have opinions about feminism & also do sexy photo shoots k thanks
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata)
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata)
Along with a teaser of the , Love magazine published a statement on feminism written by Ratajkowski. “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 apologize 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,” she wrote.
She went on to write about the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein revelations. “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.”
She continued: “Feminism isn’t about adjusting, it’s about freedom and choice…. 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,” Ratajkowski concluded.
To echo the words that Ratajkowski herself has a refresher to Morgan, Reid and everyone else who thinks it’s their place to police women’s bodies and qualify what kind of feminists they are: “Women choosing when and how they want to share their sexuality and bodies.”