It's a sad trend pervasive in internet culture: Pathetic dude with a chip on his shoulder gets ahold of nude photos and, in a disgusting act of sexism, publishes them for the world to see. The world, however, is changing, and the naked female body has become far less of a taboo subject.
Scotland-based journalist Vonny Moyes refused to be intimidated by the scumbag who posted naked pictures of her. She took to Twitter to call him out, and it was an incredible display of feminine strength against misogyny.
She hit him right where it hurts. These epic tweets speak for themselves:
So @ianalexanderrfc has just found and posted nudes of me. I would very much appreciate your help in reporting him for this.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
The thing is @ianalexanderrfc – this only works as weaponry if I accept the shaming. I did not give you those or permission to look at me.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
Believe it or not, like everyone else I'm naked under my clothes. Not ashamed of my body, or for being sexual. Sex is natural.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
What's gone wrong here is an abuse of trust, and something ending up in the wrong hands. I refuse to be sex-shamed by you or anyone else.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
This is the reality of being a female journalist right now. People like you try to use our own bodies against us. All the time.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
Whether it's our appearance or our sexuality, it's weaponised when you want to shut us down. Well, I refuse. I don't play that game.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
When you go low, it tells me I'm doing something right, and that you are pitifully unarmed to deal with me as an equal.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
It's not a crime to like what you've got beneath your clothes, or to take pictures or make art. Someone else using them to shut you down is.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
Those pictures were mine. They had meaning coming from me. When they are taken and used to intimidate, their meaning changes.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
Bodies are beautiful. Sexuality is intoxicating. We should not be ashamed of wanting to use our bodies or share them with others.— Vonny Moyes (@vonny_bravo) December 6, 2016
Most of Twitter rallied behind Moyes, and the support was beautiful.
@vonny_bravo Utterly horrified to see the endless torrent of awfulness that's been thrown in your direction recently. I despair!— Ed B (@EggBanana) December 6, 2016
@vonny_bravo You've hit the nail on the head. Keep on doing what you do, we're all right behind you.— Colin Robertson (@jellomorton) December 6, 2016
@vonny_bravo U are an inspiration. I don't have a child yet, but you are an ex of how I hope they would carry themselves in this world. ???— Kitton (@KittonKaer) December 7, 2016
@vonny_bravo doing this not only standing up for u, but for loads of woman mayb not as strong as u who've been thro this. More power to u x— susan o'neill (@SusanonSusan) December 6, 2016
@vonny_bravo What a nightmare. But you're brave and fierce as hell. Sending love and light from across the ocean. Keep being you.— Jennifer Gracen (@jennifergracen) December 7, 2016
The perpetrator, for his part, appears to have realized the colossal mistake he made because his account can't be located. Is anybody sad about this? No? Didn't think so.
On the behalf of women everywhere, we're sending a collective "thank you" to Moyes. It takes major chutzpah to stand up to sexists shaming womanhood, and it will absolutely not be tolerated.
Bottom line: our bodies; our pictures.
Banner Image Credit: Twitter, @vonny_bravo