Scout Willis is speaking out about all of this nipple controversy!
The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore made major waves last week when she strolled through New York City topless as a form of protest.
She took a jab at Instagram in a series of racy Twitter posts, writing, "What @instagram won't let you see. #FreeTheNipple" and "Legal in NYC but not on @instagram."
The protest came after Willis' account was disabled by the social networking site for posting photos that exposed nipples.
The 22-year-old explained her actions in a column on Jane Pratt's lifestyle site, xoJane.
"Earlier last week I decided to do something kind of crazy," she wrote. "Instagram had recently deleted my account over what they called 'instances of abuse.' Which in reality amounted to a photo of myself in a sheer top and a post of a jacket I made featuring a picture of two close friends topless. For these instances of abuse, I was politely informed that I would no longer be welcome in the Instagram community."
"My situation was in no way unique; women are regularly kicked off Instagram for posting photos with any portion of the areola exposed, while photos sans nipple—degrading as they might be—remain unchallenged," she added. "So I walked around New York topless and documented it on Twitter, pointing out that what is legal by New York state law is not allowed on Instagram."
Willis also explained how this incident relates to the issue of equality.
"There are also some people who would criticize my choice to relate nipples with equality at all. To me, nipples seem to be at the very heart of the issue. In the 1930s, men's nipples were just as provocative, shameful, and taboo as women's are now, and men were protesting in much the same way," she declared. "Men fought and they were heard, changing not only laws but social consciousness. And by 1936, men's bare chests were accepted as the norm. So why is it that 80 years later women can't seem to achieve the same for their chests? Why can't a mother proudly breastfeed her child in public without feeling sexualized?… Why should I feel overly exposed because I choose not to wear a bra? Why would it be okay with Instagram and Facebook to allow photos of a cancer survivor who has had a double mastectomy and is without areolas but 'photos with fully exposed breasts, particularly if they're unaffected by surgery, don't follow Instagram's Community Guidelines.'"
Scout certainly is passionate about this issue!
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