Topless Protest Attracts Attention in France!
Femen, the Ukrainian born feminist movement, descended on the French capital last week to strip off and make their voices heard. The group, who are widely known for their anti-patriarchal views and strong feminist beliefs, took to the streets of Paris in order to spread their message and inspire new followers.
The collective began in Kiev, Ukraine in 2008, and soon became internationally recognised for their topless protests against many topics; sexism, religion and the dictatorship of men, to name just a few. While some of the Femen collective demonstrate fully clothed, many like to write provocative slogans on their bare torsos to fully express themselves and attract attention.
Most of the group are young females from Ukraine, although there are also a handful of male members. They all share the same ideals and believe that creating controversy with their topless marches will help encourage other young liberals to join their plight. Whilst in Paris, they adopted slogans in the French language in order to be able to completely communicate with the many members of the public they encountered.
Femen have received a great deal of criticism, not just for their far left wing beliefs, but also because of their general approach. Many separate protest groups have condemned their use of nudity whilst others have expressed anger at their demonstrative actions. Requests have even been made to the Justice Ministry of Ukraine to have them banned as an organised movement after various bouts of vandalism against religious property. They were labelled a danger to society and at points some members have been incarcerated by the state.
Regardless of the reaction they receive, which is largely negative from all sides in Ukraine, Femen continue to take off their clothes, protest in the streets and occasionally attack members of the clergy. Check out their Facebook page to get their full story and check out the latest places you can strip and shout along with them!