Saturday, March 31, 2012
FEMEN invite the women of Islam to get naked with them
FEMEN are in Paris, demonstrating for Muslim women around the world to demand sexual freedom and equal rights.
Allah made me naked from FemenFrance on Vimeo.
The demonstration, themed "Allah created me naked" includes slogans such as "Muslim women let's get naked", "Nudity is freedom", "I am a woman, not an object", "Naked war" and "Naked truth". (They also hold signs in Ukrainian, French and Arabic.)
While their hearts are all in the right place, the show of solidarity also reminds me of this cartoon:
The question being whether sexual freedom depends on sexual display. I'm sure the women of FEMEN would agree that the choice of dress or undress is every person's individual choice — as long as they are not being coerced or brainwashed.
On the other hand, women from more oppressive religious Muslim societies who choose the route of nude expression, such as Golshifteh Farahani or Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (who is name-checked in body paint), face disapproval, banishment, and even physical harm.
What do you think of this message and tactic?
You can see and read more about the demonstration (in Ukranian) at FEMEN's Livejournal.