Instant Follow Friday: Swooning Over Dream Boat and Intersectional Feminist Matt McGorry
We have the hugest crush on Matt McGorry, and chances are you will too after reading this post. After all, there is nothing sexier than a feminist.
Apart from being insanely handsome, charming, super well-humored, an eclectic dancer, talented actor, our favorite celeb crush…and the list goes on, McGorry, who stars as Asher Millstone on How to Get Away with Murder and John Bennett on Orange Is the New Black, is a self-proclaimed intersectional feminist who, when he’s not on TV, is stealing our hearts one tweet and enlightening Instagram caption at a time.
As a feminist, McGorry believes in the fundamental equality of the genders. Basic, yet oh so complicated in the real world because despite what some people will tell you, women and men are not in fact equal (for example, women make $1 to a man’s $1.22).
In addition to being a feminist champion across his social media accounts, McGorry has penned numerous articles and had some noteworthy interviews regarding the Free the Nipple movement, how he came to be a feminist, and the importance of gender equality.
In an article entitled “I Used To Be Blind to Gender Equality” in Time, he wrote about the importance of #FreetheNipple:
…The Free the Nipple movement is not solely about being able to be topless in public. It’s about women being able to take control over what they do with their bodies. It’s part of the bigger picture of how we view women’s sexuality and bodies. There’s a double standard—women are called “sluts” while men are called “cool”…
I believe that when it comes to supporting freedom, even if you choose not to exercise those rights, you support them for other people. When I post on social media in support of the Free the Nipple movement, I’m appealing to the me of six months ago. It’s hard to change the mind of someone who is bigoted. But we can convince more people like me, who do believe in equality but perhaps are just blind to the deeper meaning of this issue.
For example, a couple months back he demonstrated just how much of a double-standard nipples are on Instagram:
Hi. This is a photo of me from my bodybuilding years, circa 2010. And these are the nipples of @mileycyrus and @chrissyteigen (I hope you don’t mind me borrowing them!) from their Instagram posts that were removed due to the dangerousness of their visible female nips. Can’t you tell by how perverse my photo has become without my asexual male nippies? Sarcasm. If you’re new to the #FreeTheNipple movement (like I am!) let me tell you what I think I understand about it. The banning of women’s nipples may sound normal or even inconsequential as you think, “well, women’s nipples are more sexual than men’s nipples”. But that’s not some scientific fact. It’s because of how our society so heavily sexualizes women. And it should be up to the individual woman to decide if she wants to show them, just like men have the choice. Part of the stand of #FreeTheNipple is about the right of women to claim what their breasts and nipples mean to THEM, and not have that be defined by how men and much of society decides what their boobies mean. At this point, if you’re still clinging to the notion of “well, that’s just the way it’s been,” then you might reconsider thinking of yourself as a rational and progressive person. If you have breasts, you might think, “I’m not interested in showing my niplets on social media or in public,” in which case you should feel free to keep ‘em swaddled! But shouldn’t you support the freedom of CHOICE of the INDIVIDUAL woman to do this even if YOU don’t want to? Like, even if you’d never be interested in joining a protest, wouldn’t you think it’s important to have the CHOICE to be able to legally protest, if one so chooses? The answer is yes. You might be thinking to yourself, there are way more important issues out there than women being able to expose their bumpy buttons whenever men can. But it’s not just about getting an even tan; it’s one piece of the puzzle of creating deep change in the way our society objectifies women and creates these different standards for men and women (and other genders). At the heart of it, it’s simply about gender equality and equal rights. – #FreeTheNipple and photoshop newbie
In another article penned for Cosmopolitan entitled “How Becoming a Feminist Felt Like Falling In Love,” he wrote about Emma Watson’s brilliant U.N. Address for HeforShe and how it personally inspired him to use his voice for the feminist movement. The former bodybuilder and weight lifter wrote in part:
One of the most thrilling and deeply moving experiences in life is the pants-shitting feeling you get when you realize you’ve met someone who will force you to grow in ways you’d never previously imagined possible. You feel like your boundaries are being pushed and your worldview is shifting. It’s terrifying, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling emotional states you can know. This is the internal stirring I had the moment I heard Watson’s words… Given my resistance to speaking out on social issues in the past, my tears were a moment of passionate realization that I could and would no longer remain quiet. It scared me. What kind of resistance would I encounter from fans, haterz, other people in the industry, and even those who supported the same movement but thought that I was going about it wrong or opportunistically? Would I risk ostracizing myself? But the thing was, I didn’t fucking care… Much like finding someone to love, you can’t really know what to look for in a social cause until it crosses your path. You can use all the words that you want to describe what you’re looking for, but at the end of the day, when you find the right one at the right point in your life, you’ll know. But you have to be open to the possibility in the first place. And now that I’ve had my own awakening of sorts, it’s turned out to be a more incredible path than I could have imagined.
Discussing 2 of life’s most important issues: feminism and coffee #FeministAsFuck #leanintogether #heforshe #IAmAFeminist A photo posted by Matt McGorry (@mattmcgorry) on
Check out this awesome, sex-positive @funnyordie sketch w/ @amberrose (link in my bio or Google “Amber Rose Walk of No Shame). When Amber asked me to be in this I was absolutely thrilled. If only we lived in a world where people didn’t treat women with these massive double standards. For those of you on board with the message, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as much as I did. For those that can’t see past judging Amber or her character in this for any number of reasons, this will certainly be way above your head. This video is not encouraging women or other genders to be “promiscuous,” it’s encouraging a society where we don’t judge women and call them “hoes” for the same reason that we’d give a guy a pat on the back and call them a “pimp.” You don’t have to want one night stands for yourself to honor and respect a(nother) women’s choice to. My absolute favorite part is Amber’s reaction to me at the end. Heavens forbid a woman just wants to have sex with a guy once. “Strong women scare weak men.” Stay empowered. @slutwalk_la A photo posted by Matt McGorry (@mattmcgorry) on
McGorry will be the first to admit that he’s new to the feminist movement, but that perspective also allows him to be able to learn and keep an open mind on a daily basis. In honor of National Equal Payday back in April, he posted a message across all his social media accounts that read in part:
If you’ve been following me for at least the past 5 weeks, you may have noticed that I’m a newb to the fight for gender equality. I still have a great deal to learn and I look forward to doing so in order to help support the cause in the best way that I can. I am by no means an expert in the topic, but I do believe that with a strong sense of ethics, morality and empathy, one should have most of the traits necessary to understand and want gender equality. And ALL equality, for that matter.
McGorry speaks for himself and is, all in all, the complete package. Also on the plus side, also has a knack for dancing, making the case that anyone – goofballs included – can (and overwhelmingly should!) be a supporter of the feminist mission. Case in point:
He flawlessly stars in Peking Duk’s hilarious new music video for “Say My Name”:
And he’s showed off his twerking/dance moves in both OITNB and HTGAWM:
Check out some of his best tweets below:
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 22, 2015
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 16, 2015
Is “bigot” short for “big idiot?” Just curious.
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 15, 2015
Ironically, the people that defensively claim that they “don’t see race” and “have no biases” are those that see things in Black and White.
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 13, 2015
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 12, 2015
(1) If you’ve been a victim of sexual assault, please know it’s NEVER EVER your fault. No matter how you acted, what you wore or anything
— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 8, 2015
(2) else that someone tries to use to take blame away from the offender. The onus is NOT on the victim to prevent these acts. — Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) September 8, 2015
For the sake of having informed, humorous, feminist, gender equalizing tweets in your newsfeed, please follow Matt McGorry on Twitter @MattMcGorry; on Instagram @MattMcGorry, where his hashtag and caption game is as on point as his style, and beautiful face in selfies; also on Facebook, where he’ll have you smitten with daily doses of feminist news articles and plenty of McGorry-centered quips regarding OITNB and HTGAWM; and on WhoSay, where everything (his photos, thoughts, links, et cetera) more or less is aggregated overall.