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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.

Femen Ukraine

Witness this perfectly choreographed protest against sexual harassment in universities.

Femen Ukraine

Or this perfectly staged Christianity-related something or rather.

Femen Ukraine

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

Femen Ukraine

Demonstrating for freedom of the press.

Femen Ukraine

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.

Famen

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.

Femen Ukraine

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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16 Comments »

  1. You should work for the Ukrainian tourism board.
    I wanna go there…now.

    Comment by igetitalready — August 24, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  2. Disgusting!

    No wonder that our teenagers today — even in a homeschool setting like the one in which I work (groups of homeschool students in classrooms) — have trouble discerning what it appropriate dress!

    Comment by Always On Watch — August 25, 2011 @ 2:47 am

  3. Well you gotta hand it to them: they make protest look sexy.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — August 25, 2011 @ 6:27 am

  4. They certainly know how to get attention. Could we hire them to protest against the Fed? Just wondering…

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — August 25, 2011 @ 8:59 am

  5. […] Another good report on this group calle “Femme” here. […]

    Pingback by Ukrainian Woman Continue to Get Global Issues Off Their Chests « Cyber Cossack — August 25, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  6. I love how men saying women shouldn’t act like sluts then they do. If this kind of logic works all the time it would totally change the dating game.

    Nice pictures!

    Comment by Harrison — August 25, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

  7. Just goes to show how utterly stupid 20th century “feminism” is.

    And now, I need some mind bleach. What has been seen cannot be unseen…

    Comment by Karen Howes — August 26, 2011 @ 8:55 am

  8. I was thinking of doing my own slut walk but apparently the media has no interest in seeing me topless.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — August 26, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

  9. Well, that’s a controversial thread! For the record, I have nothing against a tasteful nude or a pin-up. The problem with the Femen girls is public nudity, for which they do get in trouble, but obviously getting in trouble was the plan all along.

    Igetitalready,
    Thank you for stopping by. I’ll try sending them a bill.

    AOW,
    I think it’s mostly an example of what not to do. It’s not a mass movement, but a dozen of young women running around Kiev taking their shirts off.

    Linda,
    Well, they put the “pro” in protest. And they have professional photographers take their pictures.

    Conservatives on Fire,
    They claim that they brought the issue of sex tourism to national attention. I don’t know how much truth there is to it.

    Harrison,
    What’s interesting is that the ladies are single.

    Karen,
    It’s true, a feminist can be a stripper or a total prude, or both. It makes no sense.

    Infidel,
    Ha-ha!

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — August 26, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    • They are single? I can only imagine it’s because the men are too drunk to win their affections.

      Comment by Harrison — August 26, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  10. […] Femen is most famous for being a feminist group.  The Other McCain has a video of their protest against the treatment of women in Suadi Arabia.  That particular action was in support of Saudi women driving.  Femen girls were screaming “Cars to women, camels to men.”  Ukraine — and Eastern Europe in general — is not excessively averse to ethnic stereotypes.  This would be a taboo to Western feminists because in the liberal worldview multiculturalism trumps feminism, so no reminding Arab people of their contributions to civilization — or lack of thereof. […]

    Pingback by Femen v. Slut Walks, Part II (PARTIAL NUDITY) « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — August 29, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9bHRKd6b-U – Toronto
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIZUmOg2WYE – Vancouver
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0I5RtPN2ZM – Edmonton

    Watch all these 3 videos, And you tell me mr. America. Just how many girls do you see in skimpy outfits? Maybe USA got the wrong idea of it and you people needed a reason to act foolish. It is called slut walk because of the fact of what happened! Not too hard to put the two and two together. Have you even studied into the fact of what slutwalk is about?
    You clearly know nothing about womens rights if you say Canadian women don’t know what we are doing and are looking for excuses to go out in skimpy outfits, then you are the dumbest person ever. Because look at what we did as Canadian women, we got everyone else in any major city is doing the slutwalk. Now, who wants to follow femens footsteps? I don’t. cause they aren’t going anywhere. I know this personally. I am Rebecca Rae Holoiday and am friends of the Feman ladies on Facebook, i see everything and how much progress they make. I am a activist froom Canada. I know what works. Breasts dont work.

    Comment by rebecca — September 1, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    • “Have you even studied into the fact of what slutwalk is about?”
      Wow! I like what Zombie said about many dissertations in the work about slut walks. I’m paraphrasing her.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 1, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  12. […] story, for obvious reasons, but attractive topless protesters of Ukrainian group Femen can be found here and here. Share this:ShareDiggFacebookRedditStumbleUponTwitterLinkedInEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe […]

    Pingback by San Francisco Never Fails to Amaze « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — September 23, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  13. I am Brazilian and I am fan of you. Come teach Brazilian women to protest!

    Comment by Alexandre Mello — October 18, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  14. […] while ago I wrote two soft core political porn posts about the Ukrainian topless protesters known as Femen.  The ladies are […]

    Pingback by How Femen Earned The Attention of American Media (Partial Nudity) « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — January 29, 2012 @ 11:02 am


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