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Orange is the New Black star is making a powerful point...with nipples.

What a dreamboat.

When women show their nipples on social media, the image is immediately taken down – but male nipples are there for all to see.

So Matt McGorry has taken it upon himself to help women everywhere #FreeTheNipple, and borrowed the recently banned nipples of Miley Cyrus and Chrissy Teigen to do so.

McGorry plays John Bennett, otherwise known as Daya’s deadbeat baby-daddy on Orange is the New Black (and Asher Millstone in How to Get Away with Murder), but he is so much more than an actor.

Here’s why he’s your new internet boyfriend:

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McGorry with his borrowed nips. Image via Facebook.

Along with this picture, he posted a lengthy treatise about the sexualisation of women and their bodies which begins:

“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.”

He writes that he’s new to the #FreetheNipple movement (and Photoshop) but explains that it’s about how the freedom men have to display their bodies is not shared by women, whose bodies are policed and hypersexualised.

Body image as depicted in Orange Is The New Black.
Bennett with his lady love Daya. COME BACK, BENNETT!
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“…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.”

Throughout, he refers to nipples as “niplets”, “bumpy buttons” and “nippies”.

Read the whole thing, posted at the bottom. He is awesome.

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His OITNB character’s disappearance has resulted in some angry responses from fans, which McGorry addresses here.

This is not the first feminist post McGorry’s made. In fact, his Instagram bio describes him thus:

“Maker of feels and procurer of LOLs. Feminist.”

His social media accounts add much credence to those claims – I suggest you follow him on Twitter.

Matt McGorry, talkin’ feminism. Post continues after the video.

Video via Mic

Since Bennett’s gone AWOL, you can catch McGorry on How to Get Away With Murder.

The excellent tweets of Matt McGorry.

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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.

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