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August 2, 2012

Muslim Women Want To Go Topless

Filed under: feminism, politics — Tags: , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:16 pm

Does the UK not issue tourist visas to Ukrainians?  Because I’m sure the original FEMEN girls wouldn’t miss their chance to shine at London Olympics, but all I see is the French Femen.  The French FEMEN are not not overweight, and, get this, they have Islamic names.  Judging by the video available on The Telegraph, they have the potential.  But the original FEMEN, who are known for their ability to produce memorable pictures, need to watch out.  Don’t let some well-meaning but poorly produced ladies to water down your brand.

Femone Olympics

Femen France were protesting participation of countries governed by Sharia law:

“The regimes are fascists of our time, they treat women like third-class citizens,” said protester Reza Moradi, without specifying any countries. “This is what we object to, this is what they are protesting against.”

And here is their facebook statement:

“Femen demands that the International Olympic Committee condemns violence towards women from Islamist states,” they said on Facebook.

“Femen requires the states that apply the laws of Sharia be shut out of the Olympic Games because of the inhumanity of these laws, which are in total contradiction with Olympic principles of peace and philanthropy.

“Femen accuses these states of simulating democratic changes regarding the position of women,” Femen continued. “With the support of the IOC, these Islamist governments use the participation of women in the Olympic Games to hide thousands of victims and dead.”

Femen can make occupiers think.  Now about the commemoration of the Munich massacre…

Femen protest

And exist question, does this qualify for anti-Jihad blogging?


May 24, 2012

A Femenlaunch! (PARTIAL NUDITY)

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 2:11 pm

I’m still trying to figure out what’s in it for me.  My three most hit upon posts are about the Ukrainian topless protest group Femen.  They were fun to write about, and a certain fugitive was kind enough to include me into his rule 5 round ups.  Then people started linking, and, more importantly, search engines found me.  From now on, whenever Femen is up to something, I get a surge of hits.

Femen Chernobyl

Why not? Gratuitous and trendy backlit Femen photo. Backlit is appropriate for the occasion, namely commemoration of the 25th Chernobyl anniversary.

This Monday, Femen made it to the MSN front page with their protests of soccer tournament in Ukraine — they allege it brings in pimps.  (Attention soccer fans: not all Ukrainian women are Femen hot.)  I got nearly 1,000 page views that day.  As much as it was exiting to see all the hits, I kind of doubt too many people looking for pictures of hot semi-nude Eastern European ladies will stick with that blog.  Even if some are interested in what I have to say, I’m pretty sure they will not look around.  If I were making money off this little hobby, it wouldn’t matter of course, but I’m not.

femen soccer tournament

That’s the soccer tournament protest that apparently drew 2 participants and grabbed headlines across the globe. The recent NOW protest against Rush had 5 more chicks but got not nearly as much attention. If only the NOW members were hot and naked!

On one hand, I’m watching it all with amusement, but on the other hand, when I follow a blogger, WordPress sends her a note about my blog with my top 3 posts, and they are all about Femen.  I’m afraid prospective readers are bound to be disappointed.

January 29, 2012

How Femen Earned The Attention of American Media (Partial Nudity)

Filed under: journalism, politics, Ukraine — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:01 am

A while ago I wrote two soft core political porn posts about the Ukrainian topless protesters known as Femen.  The ladies are feminists and they protest everything from poor road conditions to Vladimir Putin, and, oh, sex trafficking.  At the time the group was not so well known in the States.

I got the sense that the girls were getting bored with Kiev.  Here they are participating in anti-Kremlin demonstrations in Moscow last December, and it kind of makes sense for them to be there since Putin has designs on Russia’s former “republics”.  Too bad a new Russian regime is likely to be nationalist and/or Communist — but that’s another matter.

Femen protest

In Moscow Femen undressed in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior pretending to be yurodivy, or a kind of Russian holy homeless who in olden days asked for handouts in front of churches and praised the tzar. Femen asked for the tzar to drop dead. Here they are getting arrested

And here they are a week ago are in Sofia, Bulgaria protesting family violence.  I’m not sure why Sofia, but hey, they are helping out their Bulgarian sisters, so it’s all good.

Femen topless fights

Fighting the good, sexy fight

And here they are protesting bankers in Davos a few days ago, and completely out of their depth.

Femen topless

Why Switzerland? Why banks?

Here is what John Hinderaker had to say about the girls.  Topless, yes, logical no:

The sad reality is that while the ladies of Femen may be fetching, they are not smart. It is highly unlikely that any of them is, as one sign proclaimed, “Poor because of you [i.e., economists, businessmen and bankers].” On the contrary, the overwhelming majority of the world’s population has escaped from grinding poverty only because of the efforts of frequently-despised businessmen and bankers.

The fallacy that these women have fallen for–the idea that wealth causes poverty–has been with us for a long time. It was exploded memorably by George Gilder in Wealth and Poverty, a book that I would recommend to the Femenistas. If they read it, maybe next summer they will disrobe at the Democratic National Convention.

According to the Russian periodical Ogonek, if a few years ago Femen specifically were poor, it’s because they made protesting their lifestyle.  Since the Ogonek feature was published, the ladies opened up an online shop.  I’m not sure how successful this venture is or who sponsors them these days, but somehow Femen has funds to tour Europe.

With this anti-capitalist protest Femen might have hit the goldmine.  These particular protests was noticed by the American news media while the group’s demonstrations on behalf of Iranian and Saudi women were largely ignored.  Femen figured out that sex sells.  If they are smart, they’ll figure out that anti-capitalism sells too and market their protests to Americans.

Femen anti-Iranian
Protesting a death by stoning sentence at an Iranian cultural center in Kiev. The sign reads “Murderers out of Ukraine!” Unfortunately, as protests go, this one was a dud

UPDATE: Linked by The Other McCain — thank you!

August 29, 2011

Femen v. Slut Walks, Part II (PARTIAL NUDITY)

Filed under: politics, Ukraine — Tags: , , , , , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 12:01 pm

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.

For some reason, a half a century ago, Western women allied themselves with non-whites and gays in an effort to fight white male patriarchy.  Maybe it made some sense in the 1960s, but contemporary feminists (and gays) should be opposed to multiculturalism because the Third World doesn’t treat women and gays very well.  If men from, say, Kenya and Malaysia didn’t seem too powerful back then, they wield considerably more power now that their numbers have grown, and many of them have voting rights in the West.  That’s a threat to the status of women here.

When Femen strips in their cultural centers, purveyors of Islamic chauvinism get what they deserve.  If our own Suicide Girls had any shame, they’d be stalking Saudi Embassies.  Or staging mass nudist protests in neighborhoods where Muslim men rape indigenous girls.  Or even demonstrate in front of the nearest city hall demanding a burka ban, because if public nudity is illegal, why not the full cover up?  Unfortunately, Suicide Girls or Slut Walkers have no shame; they are insecure girls who try to figure out if they feel any guilt, and if they do, exorcize it.  Which seems to be the point of the Third Wave feminism around here.

Back to Ukraine, although Femen is known to be a feminist group, they are  kind of multipurpose protestors.  Here, for instance, they register their disapproval with the Viktor Yanukovych’s use of the Presidential helicopter:

naked feminists

Question: Does his why fly her own? (H/t Heathermc).

And here I give you their protest against turning off the water at the Kiev University dormitory:

naked feminists

"Drown bureaucrats in the fountain," declares the sign.

When I was growing up, which is the 70s and the 80s, the water would get turned off a few times a year because of pipe issues.  Nice to know that it still happens in the Old Country.  I doubt if the government still owns the water and the plumbing, but if I were a student at that university, I’d be pissed too.

And here they are protesting poor driving conditions:

naked feminists

They should protest poor walking conditions as well.  They are not into removing ice and snow from the streets in winter.  Old people have to be either brave or desperate to leave the house.

As you noticed, Ukrainian women are uniformly flexible.

Femen knows how to create a spectacle, and they do seem to be an exclusive group.  From time to time they recruit dancers who, as you see, don’t necessarily wish to go topless.  No worries; Gustol has a half a dozen of hot chicks willing to play this part; and they always seem to be the same girls.

Compare it to San Francisco Slut Walk recorded by Zombie.  The event is fairly well attended, not bad for an Obama-era protest, actually.  But the women look goofy and frumpy by comparison.  Even the supposedly hot chick is not that hot (sorry, I had to make a value judgment here).  Slut Walk does manage to flex the feminist muscle: If they can convince goofy girls to dress up as sluts on occasion, they are a power to recon with.

And Femen, what did they achieve?  Anna Gustol claims that the ladies draw attention to specific problems, and that, for instance, nobody in Ukraine talked about sex tourism and prostitution before the Femen protests.  Well, that’s something.

On the other hand, the Russian and Ukrainian press looks at Femen with derision.  For instance, last September Natalya Radulova wrote an essay about the group for the Russian periodical Ogonek.  Radulova wanted who know who’s behind Femen.  Turns out, the group is financed by a German DJ who likes the ladies because they are “crazy like me” and a media mogul Jed Sanden whose publications frequently feature hot Ukrainian feminists.  Although Gustol claimed that they get contributions from local businesses, Radulova reasoned that those came mostly in the form free coffee.  Something tells me this  journalist is correct.

Gustol once ran for Ukrainian Parliament, and lost.  Femen is not a mass movement, but an elite group of protesters.  No political interest backs them.  Evidently, they don’t respect an upstart like Femen in the East. The  Ogonek article is full of condensation and derision.  The girls are first-grade narcissists, and are just kind of sad.  Parents won’t talk to them, and, although they had no problem finding men to spank them in public, young ladies are single because no self-respecting man would date a slut.  If Radulova’s analysis is correct, the women of Femen are too into themselves to actually date.  Oh, and although they are subsidized from abroad, the money is barely enough to live on.

Radulova finds Femen’s political philosophy wanting.  The ladies are against many things, which, I suppose, makes them kind of anarchist.  I suspect that like all good anarchists they want a big government.  I once wrote to Femen requesting an email interview; they didn’t respond.

As a side note, there is, apparently, a call for young women of Russia to bare their chests for Putin (h/t Rouge Operator):

Note the Orthodox cross prominently featured on the student’s chest and the consumer electronics in her possession.  Technically, women are not bearing all for Putin, but for the electronics promised to the creator of the most original video.

Ukrainian feminists of more traditional orientation (yes, apparently, there are some) hate Femen.  Femen perpetuates sexual exploitation and sucks all the oxygen out of press coverage of Ukrainian feminism.  Also, Femen girls are hot.  Femen are not without a competitive streak themselves.  While opposed to sex tourism, the group is not too proud to sell their trademark boob-painted merchandise.

What gives?

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.


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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