Walls don’t come down all at once, it’s always one brick at a time.
And that’s the message from actress and singer Bella Thorne who bared her breast on social media this week in the name of feminism.
The 20-year-old star of Shake It Up and Famous In Love took to Instagram and Twitter to tackle a subject familiar to all women on social media: the one-sided censorship of the nipple.
Thorne posted the daring pic saying,
“I could write a whole post talking about feminism and why I should be allowed to post this pic. But f*ck it here’s my side boob.”
I could write a whole post talking about feminism and why I should be allowed to post this pic. But fuck it here’s my side boob pic.twitter.com/7HIzH2p0JW— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) July 11, 2018
In a space where shirtless men are no big deal, the same cannot be said for women.
Platforms like Instagram and Twitter are known for their strict enforcement of community guidelines, mainly their “no female nipple” policies.
But movements like the Free The Nipple campaign have fought against the unequal standard, challenging the Western idea that female breasts are inherently sexual.
Fans immediately got behind Bella’s message.
Absolutely love you and all that you stand for! Keep rockin it Bella. You inspire me!?— Sabrina❥ (@SabrinaAvanzato) July 11, 2018
ah yes my favorite cards against humanity card pic.twitter.com/HvRozCCcCo— lori from Paramore (@_bewareofyou) July 11, 2018
But of course there were still those who didn’t get it.
Showing your body because you want attention you mean? You got it!— Jan Golden (@JanGolden20) July 13, 2018
You can post this without any kind of judgement but this is not feminism— Kit_Katt ❤️ (@KitkatKitana) July 11, 2018
Women are so strong that a voice is all that’s really needed now a days. So much more can be accomplished without showing everything BUT ??♀️ it is what it is now a days— Kit_Katt ❤️ (@KitkatKitana) July 12, 2018
Fortunately others were ready to school the uninformed on the message and it’s meaning.
I think shes meaning that its feminism because she wants to show her body just like any other man can (posing topless)— Heather (@Heatherjane177) July 12, 2018
But its not about the voice of women its about how we arent allowed to be topless like men are, so shes showing how it shouldnt be like that (i agree tho womens voices are strong ✌?)— Heather (@Heatherjane177) July 12, 2018
Feminism is being able to post ur body and not be challenged on how feminist u are bc of it— ??? ????? (@skorpihoe) July 12, 2018
the point of feminism is for both sexes to be seen as equal...that’s exactly what I’m saying. If a man can show his boobs without being judged we should also be able to. I understand this isn’t the main issue. It’s just a point ☺️— toria ✨ (@toria_chaneyy) July 12, 2018
Anyone who shames you for this post needs to realize that TRUE feminism involves letting women express themselves however they want?????❤️❤️— Hope (@hjay14) September 28, 2017
In a conversation about choice Thorne threw down a gauntlet by making her own.
Baby girl, don’t explain a damn thing. You’re a beautiful soul inside and out. If people can’t handle side boob, they can reevaluate their lives.— sam❤️ (@sam_uncensored) July 12, 2018
post what u want bella ur a fucking beautiful person inside and out. love u ???— karizma ? (@callmekarizma) July 11, 2018