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Breasts and Brawl: FEMEN Militant Group Opens Headquarters in Paris

If you consider yourself a feminist (or have feminist leanings), are passing by Paris, and keen for a non-postcardesque experience of the capital, take the Métro up North to the outskirts of Clichy. From Saturday onwards, riotous activist group FEMEN (identifiable by their bare slogan-bearing chests and floral head pieces) are opening their headquarters. The space, a large factory formerly used as film production company, will become a permanent home to eight members and welcome women worldwide. “We want this to be a women’s house, open to anyone interested. Our action takes place on >>>

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates, Femen By Femen with Galia Ackerman; trans …

Femen and Everyday Sexism are two breakthrough movements to emerge in recent times, and they bring their own distinct “manifestos” in book form. Both confirm that feminism is no longer a dirty word among twentysomethings but also that the ideology manifests itself differently from their campaigning Second Wave predecessors.Femen was born out of Marxist theory and performance protests in the Ukraine in 2008, Everyday Sexism from an online forum begun in 2012 that has turned into a global collective, of sorts. The former wear flowers in their hair and not much else; the latter aims to unite >>>

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates, Femen By Femen wth Galia Ackerman; trans …

Femen and Everyday Sexism are two breakthrough movements to emerge in recent times, and they bring their own distinct “manifestos” in book form. Both confirm that feminism is no longer a dirty word among twentysomethings but also that the ideology manifests itself differently from its Second Wave predecessors.Femen was born out of Marxist theory and performance protests in the Ukraine in 2008, Everyday Sexism from an online forum begun in 2012 that has turned into a global collective, of sorts. The former wear flowers in their hair and not much else; the latter aims to unite women though story-sharing >>>

Ukraine is Not a Brothel probes the shadowy machinations behind nude protest …

When she vanished in Belarus, Australian filmmaker Kitty Green got a dose of unplanned publicity for her film. She'd been living among members of Femen, the Ukrainian feminist protest collective that had drawn worldwide notoriety for its topless street theatrics. In December 2011, members of Femen ventured to Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, to stage a demonstration against the so-called "Europe's last dictatorship" of Lukashenko. In an incident that received worldwide attention, Belarusian security officials detained Green, confiscated >>>

Topless Femen Activists Ambush Turkish Premier Erdogan in YouTube and …

A group of topless female activists have launched a protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following his recent decision to ban Twitter and YouTube in Turkey. Activists from the radical group Femen brandished the words "Ban Erdogan" on their chests in the Istanbul polling station where the beleaguered premier had been scheduled to vote, ahead of local elections this week. The protesters, who bared their breasts briefly, were quickly arrested and their breasts covered by officers. Femen had already forced Erdogan to change the location of his vote, after the >>>

Femen Stages Bare-Breasted Protest against Erdogan

Femen activists on Sunday staged a bare-breasted protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has come under fire over an Internet crackdown, during crucial local elections. The two women, who had the words "Ban Erdogan" written across their chests, were quickly covered up and arrested after flashing their breasts in the Istanbul polling station where Erdogan had been due to vote. The conservative premier had already opted for a different ballot location after Femen had announced plans for the protest at the elementary school on the Asian side of the city where Erdogan >>>

Femen stages bare-breasted protest against Turkish PM

ISTANBUL: Femen activists on Sunday staged a bare-breasted protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has come under fire over an Internet crackdown, during crucial local elections. The two women, who had the words "Ban Erdogan" written across their chests, were quickly covered up and arrested after flashing their breasts in the Istanbul polling station where Erdogan had been due to vote. The conservative premier had already opted for a different ballot location after Femen had announced plans for the protest at the elementary school on the Asian side of the city where >>>

Femen stages bare-breasted protest against Turkish PM

Femen activists on Sunday staged a bare-breasted protest against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has come under fire over an Internet crackdown, during crucial local elections. The two women, who had the words "Ban Erdogan" written across their chests, were quickly covered up and arrested after flashing their breasts in the Istanbul polling station where Erdogan had been due to vote. The conservative premier had already opted for a different ballot location after Femen had announced plans for the protest at the elementary school on the Asian side of the city where Erdogan >>>

Sex Strikes and Other Provocative Protests

FEMEN is a protest group that originated in Ukraine and gained international recognition for their controversial protests. Adorned in crowns of flowers, bright colors and painted slogans on their bodies, FEMEN participants protest in scanty outfits, or even topless. As an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, FEMEN's antics and media attention have created what is arguably the most visible advocacy group on women's issues today. According to the organization's website (NSFW), the objectives of the movement are "to provoke patriarchy into open conflict by forcing >>>