Welcome to FEMEN (NSFW). These lovely ladies, who reside in the Ukraine, have come up with a novel way to be feminists that makes feminists angry… which makes me intrigued. The Ukrainian women who boast membership to this group of activists are protesting conditions in their home country. Apparently, the Ukraine is a top, global “sex tourism” spot and the women who serve those male tourists do it only because of poor living conditions, lack of opportunity, and an inherently male-dominated society. Now, when I hear the words “Ukrainian feminist”, my brain immediately conjures up images of some old, bumpy, vodka face… wearing a tattered babushka and growling protests outside of some lingerie shop.
I would be wrong… The ladies of FEMEN are in their twenties, topless, and hot. Their signature look includes body paint, bare breasts, hair adorned with flowers, and signs I can’t read. The funny thing is, because of the obvious distraction, I would bet Ukrainian guys have trouble reading the signs too.
There is a great collection of not safe for work images that can be found here. Almost everybody caught in these photos appears to be enjoying themselves, including the folks that are the focus of a protest. While some might question how serious this all is (hot boobies and all); many of these girls have been arrested, lost jobs, and faced public ridicule for their protests. Opponents say that their actions go against everything that feminism stands for and is therefore hurtful to the cause… Of course, I had no idea the Ukraine had such a sex trade problem until I became aware of all FEMEN’s jiggling boobery.
Regardless of whether or not I agree with their methods… or politics, you can bet I’m going to be keeping an eye on these hot, topless, chick-a-dees… I mean… strong, self-empowered, Ukrainian women.