In this week topic, I’m going to discuss about FEMEN. What is FEMEN? FEMEN is an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers. (Femen, n.d.) Female activists from FEMEN are the women with special training, physically and psychologically ready to implement the humanitarian tasks of any degree of complexity and level of provocation, and ready to withstand repressions against them and are propelled by the ideological cause alone. In other words, FEMEN is the special force of feminism, its spearhead militant unit, modern incarnation of fearless and free Amazons.
Feminism, its defined as a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing equal rights and legal protection for women. The first-wave feminism was happened in year 1918, which female get the equal contract and property rights and the opposition to chattel marriage and ownership of married women by their husband. The second-wave feminism in year 1960s to 1980s is still concerned with other issues of equality such as ending discrimination. Female has facing inequality in cultural and political. However, the third-wave feminism in late 1990s, its more focused on ‘micro-politics’ and challenge the second wave’s paradigm as to what is, or is not, good for female, also the no inherent differences between the sexes and contend that gender roles caused by the social conditioning. Lastly, the post-feminism defined as a range of viewpoints reacting to feminism. whereas people believe that women have achieved second wave goal and still in critical of third wave feminist goals. (GWANET, n.d.)
However, FEMEN is the force of feminism. There are many cases we can found around the world that related with FEMEN. For instance, a group of topless female gather in front of the Justice Ministry in the capital city of Tunis and wrote a slogan ‘Breast Feed Revolution’ on their breast. Yet, this kind of activities has against the rule of Islamic, whereby one of the 19-year-old FEMEN activist from Tunisian was receiving lashing and death threats from Adel Almi who is a prominent Islamic cleric and the president of the Commission, its because the girl has posting two topless photograph of herself on Fecabook. (Anna, 2013)
‘Ukraine is Not a Brothel’ is a film directed by a Australian named Kitty Green. She spent one year with FEMEN activists in Ukraine, and shooting a documentary that has been showing at the 70th Venice film festival. Basically, this film has presented history of FEMEN. It shows a crucial paradox of the movement, one that has now become a scandal. (Inna, 2013)
Here is the trailer for ‘Ukraine is Not a Brothel’.
1.Anna Lekas Miller, 2013, FEMEN’s ‘ Topless Jihad, The Nation, accessed 7 June 2014, http://www.thenation.com/article/175056/femens-topless-jihad#
2.FEMEN, n.d., accessed 7 June 2014, http://femen.org/about
3. GWANET, .n.d, History and Theory of Feminism, accessed 7 June 2014, http://www.gender.cawater-info.net/knowledge_base/rubricator/feminism_e.htm
4.Inna Shevchenko, 2013, Femen let Victor Svyatski take over because we didn’t know to fight it, theguardian, accessed 7 June 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/05/victory-svyatski-femen-man