Tunisia’s interior ministry has said that a female activist has been arrested for painting a feminist message on the wall of a mosque and trying to expose her breasts.
The Tunisian women’s rights activist who scandalized the Muslim world and became an overnight symbol of post-Arab Spring gender issues by publishing a photo of herself topless is reportedly in hiding after suffering abuse at the hands of her family. She is said to be preparing to leave Tunisia and go into exile in France.
Monday was Tax Day. “Or as Democrats call it — Christmas in April,” says Jodi Miller. In this edition of NewsBusted, she also touches on Margaret Thatcher’s death, the Boston Marathon bombings and Vladimir Putin’s confrontation with topless Femen protesters in Germany.
Amina Tyler, a Tunisian activist, has inspired the Ukrainian feminist group, FEMEN, to jump-start a new Arab Spring for women’s rights. Tyler caused controversy after posting photos of feminist slogans written across her naked chest, hoping to raise awareness of the deteriorating situation of women’s rights in the Middle East. A Muslim preacher demanded the teenager be stoned, calling her an “epidemic.” Because of Tyler’s demonstration, FEMEN has declared April 4 a day of “relentless topless jihad against Islamism.”
Women activists in Stockholm, Sweden bared their breasts to denounce Iran and its practice under Sharia Law of forcing women to wear the hijab — the veil covering the faces of Muslim women. Looks like the protest tactics first employed by Femen are gaining new adherents worldwide. Now, this is a movement we could get behind. H/T Blazing Cat Fur
The Femen activists unveiled a new theme song at a coming-out party in Paris. “Our mission is the best, our weapons are our breasts,” the lyrics go. Femen’s lead singer could use a few music lessons, but she’s rescued by her colleagues who arrive on stage, en masse and topless, just as the anthem reaches its crescendo. H/T Blazing Cat Fur
Femen, the topless Ukraine protesters, flashed their boobs on St. Peter’s Square to disrupt the Pope’s weekly prayer and take a poke at the church for opposing gay marriage. But the assembled faithful didn’t take too kindly to the outburst, as one supplicant whipped out an umbrella to smack the Femen-ists. In this case, serves them right. With their bodies emblazoned with the words “Shut Up,” Femen invited a reciprocal response. These ladies look good, but they need to rethink their Fascist tactics.
Femen protesters Saturday staged an all-nude protest in the snow outside the Egyptian embassy in Sweden to oppose the new constitution paving the way for Sharia law in Egypt. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, an Egyptian blogger, joined Femen protesters from Ukraine at the event. Elmahdy immediately received a torrent of death threats. (NSFW)
For several months running now, we’ve celebrated the protests by Femen, the topless feminists of Ukraine. What’s not to like about beautiful, naked women taking it to the streets to express themselves freely?
But whoever was behind Femen’s aborted protest yesterday in Paris needs to rethink what they were trying to accomplish strategically. A traditional Catholic group, Civitas, staged a march to support the time-honored concept of marriage being a holy and sanctified ceremony uniting a man and a woman.
Femen staged a counter-protest in support of gay marriage. The Femen protesters went topless, but wore nuns’ habits. They sprayed the Catholics with some sort of white powder, supposedly representing semen. Eventually, the Catholics took umbrage, and a few of them kicked a few Femen asses, not only landing blows captured by the throng of media present, but also labeling the Femen as “putas.”
In this case, the backlash was well-deserved. You don’t score points by being as offensive as Femen was yesterday, or pushing your disdain for religion right in the faces of believers, including showering them with a white spray. That’s just dumb, because whatever New Order you’re pushing, it’s just more of the same Old Order you’re trying to depose. Get a clue or get lost.
First, a video showing how the confrontation went down, from Femen’s standpoint.
Now, a second look, with the semen powder flying, chaos ensuing and Femen not looking quite so innocent or beguiling as they flee a firestorm of their own creation.
Femen activists occupied the Louvre in Paris today, using the Venus de Milo as the backdrop for their topless protest against a controversial trial in Tunisia. Under the topsy-turvy perversion of justice associated with Sharia law, a Tunisian woman named Mariam, who was raped by policemen, now faces charges of being “immoral.”
The Femen activists view the trial as a travesty and called upon women worldwide to resist the spread of Sharia, arguing it permits rape victims to be treated like criminals. The protesters chanted “We have hands to stop rape,” referencing the armless Venus de Milo, an ancient Greek sculpture on permanent display at the Louvre Museum.