Femen's "topless jihad" in support of Amina Tyler (warning: nudity)

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      There were topless protests today (April 5) in Europe and North America as part of what the Ukraine-based feminist group Femen is calling a “topless jihad”.

      The feminist group, which describes itself as “sextremists”, routinely stages disruptive actions in protest of a variety of government policies and social problems they deem sexist or against the interests of women.

      Today’s topless demonstrations were held in support of a 19-year-old Tunisian woman named Amina Tyler.

      Tyler attracted controversy and international attention earlier this year when she posted partially nude photos of herself on Facebook. She told Tunisian media that the pictures were meant to call attention to the oppression of women. Written across her chest in Arabic in one of the photos were the words, “My body belongs to me and is not the source of anyone’s honour.”

      In Tunisia, a relatively conservative country where more than 98 percent of the population is Muslim, Tyler’s actions sparked public outrage and attracted death threats.

      Femen’s protests in support of the young woman took place across Europe in locations such as Berlin, as well as in North American cities, including San Francisco and Montreal.

       

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      nik

      Apr 5, 2013 at 12:38pm

      Amina Tyler and Fenem can go to hell with their propaganda. Muslim women do not need them to hijack their identity. Muslim women have the right to wear what ever they want. Unlike in France the government in Tunisia will not force women to remove their clothes. Western hypocrisy can go to hell.

      maureen

      Apr 5, 2013 at 2:22pm

      finally the feminists wake up with regard to islam. beautiful.

      Hazlit

      Apr 5, 2013 at 2:25pm

      All those who oppose Femen can go to hell. Women have the right to wear what they want--we're so pro-hijab but so vehemently anti-nudity.

      keera

      Apr 5, 2013 at 2:37pm

      Right on Nik! I agree 100 percent.

      azhu

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:22pm

      Clothes are meant for covering your body. Agreed. But, do you think these women protesting half nude lost minds? Then think twice, or more morons. They have the courage to put their voice to moot a an issue which we have been ignoring in the guise of religion, morality or whatsoever. They are not saying to go nude...read them, understand what they are saying, because it only simple language and you are still not getting it. what kind of thick skin are you made up of. Every human needs food, water and shelter to live, and prove to me if a religion can save even one life. Religion is for our unity and identity and not for restraining you ideologically or philosophically. MY sincere support to femen, only in this issue of freedom for women, to wear what they want.

      Scott Co

      Apr 5, 2013 at 4:52pm

      If Tunisians feel death threats are an appropriate reaction...there might be a problem with their morals.

      kiskatinawkid

      Apr 5, 2013 at 5:57pm

      Nik: "go to hell with their propaganda",huh?. "hijack their identity"?, better than airplanes I guess. "right to wear what they want", huh?, again. France "force women to remove their clothes",wooohooo! Book my flight! "Western hypocrisy can go to hell". Ok, you got me there.
      Mark Twain: "religion is all bunk". 'Nuff said.

      AR Rahman

      Apr 5, 2013 at 6:56pm

      Liberal women have to take charge in fighting for their own in the Islamic world. This is a great development.

      Educator from New York

      Apr 6, 2013 at 12:25am

      It is her body... her choice.

      Satyavadi

      Apr 6, 2013 at 2:11am

      Briliant women! Arab women are slaves of men!

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