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

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
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.
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maureen
finally the feminists wake up with regard to islam. beautiful.
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Hazlit
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.
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keera
Right on Nik! I agree 100 percent.
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azhu
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.
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Scott Co
If Tunisians feel death threats are an appropriate reaction...there might be a problem with their morals.
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kiskatinawkid
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.
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AR Rahman
Liberal women have to take charge in fighting for their own in the Islamic world. This is a great development.
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Educator from New York
It is her body... her choice.
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Satyavadi
Briliant women! Arab women are slaves of men!
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Rizwan
Wearing clothes is an identity of human being. no one told any animal or pets to wear something, I am agree wearing somthing is our own choice, but it should not hurt anyone feeling, moral.
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z
When the first European Set foot on america ... the whole ancient civilization there collapsed because of what they call Gold, Gospel, Glory. Now its been around 600 years still we cant respect other believes, culture and religion ... whats wrong with the western world?? are they the superior race so everyone would have to follow them?? come on .. be matured . If u guys wanna get angry ... get angry with the Vegetarian ... they somehow help the climate change now by consuming only vegetables that produce oxygen ... chicken dont produce oxygen but plants do ... go angry with that for a start!!!
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zack
freedom has limits
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Johnson Mathew
If posing in Nude is a Symbol of Liberty and women empowerment then why the whole Britain making issue on Publishing of Topless photographs of their princess. Princess is really a liberal women and unarguably powerful women. She has all the right to go Nude in Public
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Mohammad
If naked body affects other's brains and behavior then you should respect and consider their feeling and cover it. As an example - You don't make noise so that other's don't get disturbed. Similarly don't get naked where others will be disturbed. If you feel going naked you know where you can privately or with your partner.

Once some women commented on Page 3 of the SUN, saying that nude big boobs were ruining lives of many women with small breast.

Question: if these naked women stand in front of men what will be going in their minds? These freedom seekers will say it is alright for somebody to have ... with animals, with their mothers, sisters, brothers and fathers. After all it is their own body. Keeping religion on side, do you feel it is ok? If not then this is the origin of the morals. And if you don't accept it then that is called a deviant behavior.
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Jeff Dee
Islamic women who are content with their own culture didn't need Femen's Topless Jihad.

But, so what? This protest was in support of the women living under Islam and DON'T like it.
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Aisha
The days of sex on demand and freedom to rape at will are slowly coming to a close as the world is becoming more aware of the control power of religious myth.
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lamaaz
well,personally i don't mind if somebody sees me nude, but i don't see nudity as a very good way to protest.
ultimately though, fuck men and their possessive ways. i don't belong to anybody but myself, why should any other woman?
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yre
dammmn.. some of these women are beautiful
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Farrah
I find if funny how every comment about how FEMEN is wrong is given tons of thumbs down, but EVERY comment pro FEMEN is given a tons of thumbs up. Now we know that the people on this site are mostly white feminists. ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF CHOICE AS WELL. Go cry your white tears somewhere else and quit appropriating others religions. I dont need your white savior God complex.
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