It’s a little over two weeks now since Femen revved up their campaign to Free Amina Tyler, the Tunisian Femen activist who has disappeared after speaking out against violent patriarchy at the heart of Islamofascism. In that time Femen has bombarded Facebook and other social networking sites with their message, organised April 4th as the topless day of Femen Jihad, held press conferences and protests and garnered thousands of new followers around the world. Their message is being heard and people are beginning to notice.
The seeds of a social revolution have been set. One might not be aware of that if one just followed the large media sources that continually determine what makes the news. A lot of traction that Femen got on traditional media and blogs centered around the physical appearance of the activists. Not surprisingly photo journalists and editors tended to photograph the more conventionally good looking activists while ignoring many other topless Fihadists. Of course sex sells and of course attractive women demand attention. That strategy is used from everything from selling clothes to insurance plans so why not ideologies?
They have also been heavily criticised by various social commentators for supposedly using the naked female form to sell their message. Incidentally it is not just women who are speaking out and stripping off in an effort to wake the world up. Click on most media websites reporting on Femen and you are faced with NSFW warnings, censored nipples and the like. A lot of news commentators just don’t seem to get it. There is nothing wrong with the naked human body. It’s not just a tool for pornographers and the sex industry. We are all born naked so why all the shame and hiding? When you consider the religious patriarchy, the demonising of women and sex and the absolute primitive desire to control peddled over hundreds of generations it’s not hard to see why Femen’s message is lost on some.
The real battle is just beginning. The Islamists are not happy and the old tired accusation of ‘Islamophobia’ is being churned out at an alarming rate. A new Facebook group called Muslims Women Against Femen recently launched in an effort to promote their belief that their religion does not suppress them and Femen are Islamophobes and Imperialists. The group conveniently seems to forget that cultural and religious patriarchy is one of the main reasons a lot of Muslim women in some countries are required to cover up whether it is their choice or not. Most women in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Sudan and other countries ruled with theocratic fear would probably agree with the group if they didn’t they would probably suffer unimaginable assaults or worse be stoned to death.
The Burka is not a crown. It is a subjugation device. It degrades women to bodies not worthy of full expression. Just as Christianity sought to control and demonise women for centuries Islam does the same. Femen isn’t necessarily speaking out against Islamic religious beliefs but the social control it exerts on its followers. Muslims Against Femen would do well to think about that. Topless beats clueless always.