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It’s a rule that whenever women are living their lives, a man will come along and assume they’re doing it for him. Enter Andrew Duncan, a journalist according to his Twitter bio, who finds it “wonderful” when women wear clothes that let him see parts of their legs, shoulders, and cleavage, but he thinks that it undermines their claims for equality.
People were quick to point out that what women wear has nothing to do with whether or not they’re equal human beings.
Why would it?— BadTemperedBadger (@BadTemperBadger) July 18, 2019
Why would the human body even come into the conversation of equality— Bob P (@robert_pignone) July 18, 2019
How exactly does what one is wearing make them more or less equal? Sounds to me like you are just a misogynist that is incapable of controlling his hormones. What are you 12?— Hans (@OrionPrime) July 18, 2019
Frankly, it’s creepy to think otherwise.
It sounds like you're saying that a woman's right to equality is determined by how much of her skin is visible.— GP (@gpswenson) July 17, 2019
Is that right?
It also sounds like the more you enjoy looking at a woman, the more you devalue her as your equal.
All in all, pretty creepy and definitely sexist.
“How can women get equal rights if I get an erection from staring at their shoulders?” - Andrew— Eric Sprankle, PsyD (@DrSprankle) July 17, 2019
Completely normal question from someone who doesn't have bodies hidden in their crawlspace— Juggalocialism (@UweBollocks) July 17, 2019
Honestly, some of the takedowns were savage.
The questions you should be asking yourself are— A girl has no president (@DawnaTedeschi) July 18, 2019
“Why do I feel the need to be an ass on social media?”
“Why can’t I just be a normal guy, who respects boundaries?”
“Why does a woman’s flesh frighten me so?”
Stop being a shit stirrer and repeat after me....BBBBoundaries.
Here's the thing Andrew. Women are free to wear what the hell they like. As are men. The fact you get turned on by seeing a bare arm is...a teeny bit sad tbh.— EU Queen. #FBPE (@VeeCee30) July 17, 2019
I read that and thought for certain it was a joke: a man putting that old trope out there to demonstrate how stupid the old thinking was. But I guess HE'S the old trope.— 50+ Gay (@GayBoomer) July 17, 2019
How long ago did she leave mate?— Ciara McShane (@Ciara87C) July 17, 2019
Leave? She never came. In either sense of the word.— Umar J Wali FRCS (@ujwaliofficial) July 17, 2019
And everyone had a good laugh.
‘Women want equal rights by being able to show their nipples in a non sexualized context, like men do???? Outrageous”— 🌼childless milf🌼 (@CaringErin) July 18, 2019
Especially in the leg and bosom department.
Pls ma’am would you allow me to gaze upon your bosom department? No? All good. Tally ho!— Kellen (@captainkalvis) July 17, 2019
“Bosom Department, Areola speaking, how may I help you?”— Jessica Shortall (@jessicashortall) July 17, 2019
The bosom department is next to tools as it turns out.— trifecta (@3fecta) July 17, 2019
“Bosom department...third floor”— iResist the darkness (@ThomboyD) July 17, 2019
Amanda Jette Knox, author of Love Lives Here, and Dr. Dena Grayson came out to talk about the hypocrisy of how men literally go topless in public and then say stuff like this.
Hot take.— Amanda Jette Knox (@MavenOfMayhem) July 17, 2019
Here’s another one: Why do men go topless and then expect women to cover up?
Meanwhile, men strut around topless, showing their nipples, and yet no one seems to care.🙄https://t.co/r9VDfPhjEj— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) July 17, 2019
And the bots were summoned.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH— Endless Screaming ⚧ ☭ (@infinite_scream) July 18, 2019
Just in case it was a matter of jealousy Twitter user Erynn Brook was keen to reassure him that he’s allowed to get his bosom out too, because equality is for everyone.
You can show off your bosom too, Andrew. Equality is for everyone.— Erynn Brook (@ErynnBrook) July 18, 2019
Women, in general, are just so done with being told this kind of thing. It’s hot outside. Leave us alone.
Equality would mean we are free to wear whatever we want.— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) July 17, 2019
It’s going to be 100 degrees in NYC today...happy to leave my petticoat & panty hose at home
I will wear as much or as little as I want. If you can’t control your boner then that’s on you perve.— My body. My mind. My power! 🌊 🌊 🌊 (@shellzortizz) July 18, 2019
Bro, it's not equality until I can mow the lawn topless like men do.— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) July 17, 2019
But the men of Twitter also think this is bullshit, joining forces with the women to drag him.
No Andrew, it doesn’t expose women’s attempts at equality. It exposes dirty old codgers like yourself who classify and judge women by their ‘departments’!— Alex Magill (@nornirishfella) July 18, 2019
Because... It's hot? 🤨— Crystal Mighty: Disco Gnome (@Chris_Hubris) July 18, 2019
Your question would ring in the 50’s. What’s wrong with women showing any skin? Are they suppose to be dressed like nuns?— Dave M...🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@DaveMcCorkell) July 18, 2019
Still, Andrew did win entry into the ratio hall of fame, so that’s nice, isn’t it?
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org