If women had male nipples, they could go topless on Instagram. That’s the premise behind the artist Micol Hebron’s template that allows women to Photoshop male nipples onto themselves to post on social media – and it’s working.
Instagram’s sexist Community Guidelines have raised an outcry that goes beyond the “Free the Nipple” movement. Thanks to these arbitrary rules, we’re living in a world where Chrissy Teigen’s topless photos for “W” Magazine are removed, yet Justin Bieber’s bare butt on a random dock will exist forever. While the company’s guidelines state they “doesn’t allow nudity on Instagram,” photos of bare female breasts get taken down, yet photos of shirtless males are fair game. With that gender disparity in mind, savvy female posters are gaming the system using Hebron’s template.
the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2015
According to Mashable, Hebron created the template last year to make topless photos of women “appropriate” for social-media platforms. As you can see in the photo above, the template makes itself very clear that it is of a male nipple, assuaging the fears of our Facebook and Instagram overlords.
The protestors are also getting creative. Orange is the New Black actor Matt McGorry posted a photo of himself with Miley Cyrus and Chrissy Teigen’s nipples to point out the absurdity of the fact that he’s allowed to bare his chest while they get censored.
And then, of course, there’s Miley.
No word yet on whether this surge of “Free the Nipple” campaigners is having any effect on the grandpas over at Facebook and Instagram. Stay tuned – if we can’t have gender equality, at least we can have some fun topless photos.