Topless Jihad

Ordinarily, feminist protesters rank quite high on my list of things as useless as teats on a boar hog.  If I had to guess, my stance has been swayed by the complete futility that is Code Pink.

But as Ace says, second look at topless protests?

Earlier today, members of Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged protests across Europe as they called for a “topless jihad.” The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked images of herself online, with the words “I own my body; it’s not the source of anyone’s honor” written on her bare chest. The head of Tunisia’s “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” reportedly called for Tyler to be stoned to death for her putatively obscene actions, lest they lead to an epidemic. Tyler has since gone quiet, leading some to fear for her safety. Below are images from Femen’s protests today in Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, and France. A warning, nearly every photo depicts nudity, and most contain offensive language.

Bolding is mine.  The pics are definitely NSFW, though not particularly titillating.

European nations have somewhat different approaches to public protest than we do.  There’s a non-trivial risk of getting your skull cracked by the cops. Further, there’s a non-trivial chance of getting beaten or killed by the very people you’re protesting, which is kind of the point.

Normally, topless protests are just silly attention-whoring. But in this case, it’s spot on. The repression of women in Islamic countries is barbaric, and calling out these issues and “namin’ and shamin’” is the best possible tactic.

Rock on, ladies.

6 thoughts on “Topless Jihad”

  1. I gotta call BS on those protests. No way were those (a) radical feminists or (b) Europeans.

    I examined each and every one of those photos, and didn’t find a SINGLE hairy armpit.

  2. One cop had goggles. Safety first. Nipples to the eye are the leading cause of accidental blindness in topless protests, studies show.

  3. I’m obeying the NSFW warning, but I will say that the days of hairy armpits amongst “feminists” seems to be waneing. I think all but the most hardcore still think of it as lazy or bad hygene.

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