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.
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.