Slut of the Week: Topless Jihad

Many thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Scott at Atheists on Fishing for the blog idea. How could we not take a moment to appreciate a bare-breasted protest?

Earlier this month, 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, the images below contain nudity, and may be offensive to people who have no reason to be reading this blog other than well….to be offended.

Here’s to these brave women for speaking up and being heard, even if the law in their country tried to silence them. It seems there’s a trend in my slut of the weeks for nudity, but that’s really beside the point. In my country we have nude beaches, free porn sites and the ability to go out in public in a tank top and a shorts. We need to take a moment to appreciate what it would be like to be treated like chattel by your husbands, brothers and fathers and to be stripped of your ability to act, think and feel independently of how others think you should act, think and feel.

If my life could be endangered by expressing my authority over my own body, I can only imagine what I’d do. I admire the fuck out of these women.

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Photo credit to The Atlantic.

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3 responses to “Slut of the Week: Topless Jihad

  1. It is unfortunate that the only thing the media have really reported is “Breasts.” Femen’s main goals are very, very important. But I think they would be more successful at getting a clear message across if they made very specific demands about what they wanted, which laws needed changing and what legislation or business practices they want putting into place.

    Maybe they have come up with these things and they just haven’t been reported in any of the 10 articles in the Guardian about Femen.

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