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Someone took an upskirt photo of actor Natalie Morales, and she did not take it lightly

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When Morales saw the photos she responded on Twitter by calling out the misogynist nature of society and saying she refuses to be embarrassed for having a vagina

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By Amy Jones on

Do you think it’s unreasonable to expect to be able to do your job without someone sticking a camera up your skirt to try and take a photo of your labia? I don’t, and neither does actor Natalie Morales, who tweeted with righteous fury about when a paparazzo did exactly that to her at the premiere of her new film, Battle of the Sexes.

(As an aside, upskirt photos being taken at the premiere of a film about how women are viewed as lesser than men is so infuriatingly perfect it makes me want to scream into a pillow for a thousand years.)

Morales says that she was sent the photos by someone who described her as having a “wardrobe malfunction”. However, as she pointed out, photographers like this purposefully angle themselves in just the right way in order to get these intimate photos. “A malfunction” suggests it’s a mistake, but in truth there’s nothing accidental about it.

“These are photogs who go to red carpets to take photos of women... to what, embarrass them? Because they have bodies under clothes?” Morales tweeted. “So you're gonna come to an event that I've waited my whole life for, that I'm super proud of, to try and exploit my body? For your gain?”

Morales later released a longer statement which attacked not only the photographer in question, but society’s view of women in general. “I realised that this must happen to women all the time, and this time, I am not going to let it slide. I am not going to let that photographer or the people that buy their pictures continue to believe that it’s okay. It’s not ok…This is not, at it’s [sic] root, a ‘celebrity’ problem. This is a problem with how we tear down women and reduce them to a sum of body parts, to be at once both sexualised and shamed.”

“For the record, I was wearing underwear. You can’t actually see anything. But if you could, I wouldn’t be embarrassed. Its [sic] a vagina. We all came out of one. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. But it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to me. And you can’t have it unless I say you can”.

@jimsyjampots

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