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August 24, 2011

Slut Walks: It Was Done Before, and Done Better. (PARTIAL NUDITY)

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:09 pm

Slut Walk are in the news now, see for instance this very entertaining coverage of a recent San Francisco Slut Walk by Zombie.  Western Slut Walks were sparked by a Canadian policeman who suggested that women shouldn’t dress like sluts, lest they get raped, hence providing an excuse to go out and buy a skimpy outfit and show the world that 3rd wave feminism is alive and kicking.  90s Revival.

There are several problems with Slut Walks.  First, participants are not very attractive.  Seconds, they are unwilling to strip.  Third, the protests are too egalitarian, meaning, no sufficient care is taken to draft the most attractive women to front the event.

Ukrainian feminist group Femen makes no such errors.  Femen’s leader Anna Gustol has a theater background and doesn’t shy away from putting it to use.

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Witness this perfectly choreographed protest against sexual harassment in universities.

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Or this perfectly staged Christianity-related something or rather.

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Or this seamlessly executed protest against what Femen describes as the Ukrainian government's overreaction to swine flu.

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Demonstrating for freedom of the press.

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Femen is not a fan of DSK, but this demonstration must have some sort of a local angle as well, considering that it's staged in front of Ukraine's National Bank.

Femen bills itself as a group of 300 Kiev co-eds, although it’s pretty obvious that there is maybe a dozen of them.  Western media eats them up, they were on CNN world, Reuters had opeds on them, Ms, etc.  Russian press is sarcastic, predictably highlighting the girls’ narcissism.  Well, they certainly enjoy themselves.

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Protesting journalistic corruption on Journalist Day, surrounded by journalists.

The girls are feminist, and as such they are most famous for taking up women’s issues such as sexual harassment captured above or equal representation.

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Here is a Halloween-themed demand for inclusion of women in the Ukrainian cabinet.

Femen’s trademark issue is sex tourism.  It is a real issue, to be sure, considering that minors are involved.  However, Femen has a tendency to branch out.  Here we see them protesting a reality TV show where a man from New Zeland won some sort of a Ukrainian mail order bride.  I have no problem with this transaction.  One of my former classmates is now married to a much older German guy.  I don’t know the detail, but it certainly looks like one of those marriages.  Good for her, and considering that everyone meets through online personals now anyways, well, I guess some people meet on specialty websites.

Yep. Ukrainine is not a brothel.

The sign in Russian says “A bride for Papuas“.  Papuas is a slang term, referring to a native of Papua New Guinea.  Femen is very much into race and nationality.  Their trademark wreaths with ribbons are part of the Ukrainian national dress.  Sometimes they wear yellow and baby blue shirts, the colors of Ukrainian flag.

That's the Femen logo in form of the Ukrainian flag, in form of boobs. Yes, Femen has a logo.

Here Papuas is translated as wildman, which is rather vague.

Note the construction site in the background; it’s very Ukrainian.  When I lived there, some construction site was always nearby because such enterprises lasted forever.  A nine-story telephone station a few blocks away from my house took eight years to built.  It was never used as a telephone station, mind you, because by the time it was actually built, it was said that the technology no longer required that large of a building.  Or else Perestroyka came along, and perhaps, they decided not to eavesdrop on us anymore.  But I digress.

Continuing with the feminist theme, here is Femen protesting the stoning of an Iranian woman in an Iranian cultural center in Kiev:

Sign says "Murderers out of Ukraine".

Have to admire her burka.

The girls know how to get arrested.

More of them getting arrested:

Certainly a worthy cause, and one that Western feminists won’t touch with a 10 ft pole.  When Femen were asked what they want, they said they want a modern Islam.  Nobody asked them how they are going to achieve it.

The Other McCain has the scoop on Femen protesting treatment of women in Saudi Arabia.  I would sit on this post for another half a year, had he not beaten me to it.  Oh well, I’ll be back tomorrow with the second half of the Femen special.

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