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Why True Feminists Should Distance Themselves from FEMEN

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Mamerto Adan is a feature writer back in college for a school paper. Science is one of his many interests, and his favorite topic.

As a geek politics is not for me. I mean I’m an engineer and not a political analyst. And I love my peaceful and relaxed online existence. I rarely touch those issues so I won’t stress myself. I mean just look at the country I’m in where politics basically ruined everything. It seems that I’m better off with knives, EDC gears, toys and anime though I have some brush with angry fans. And speaking of fans, there are great risks of getting mobbed by angry online supporters if they don’t like what I wrote if I do politics.

But sometimes I just felt that I need to get my voice heard.

Now as a man, I know that I should not touch the subject of feminism. Again those stuffs should be left to the experts to discuss. But sometimes I have this strange feeling that it won’t take an expert to see what’s wrong here. I don’t agree with my fellow men when they blast the feminist movements—in many ways. But after seeing this group FEMEN, I began to question my stance on feminism. I never really connected their approach to women’s rights and equality. At some point I thought that their movement is just one destructive circus that’s contributing to the decay of women’s fight for rights.

What is FEMEN

They are probably new to other people, for as of today they are still a minority compared to other movements. With that said FEMEN is a radical Ukrainian feminist group known for their topless protests. They intend to fight for women’s rights and they are against sex tourism, religion, sexism, homophobia and other topics concerning gender equality.

At least that’s what they claim.

FEMEN Disrupting Marine Le Pen's May Day Speech in Paris
FEMEN Disrupting Marine Le Pen's May Day Speech in Paris

I don’t want to sound to be a misogynist or sexist as after all I believe in gender equality. To be fair women could do a better role in certain fields than most men. I’ll take my hats off to empowered and courageous lady who proved that gender is just a word.

But in this case, this movement just went too far. And by the way to those who are hoping, you won’t see any of their topless photos here or else I’ll violate the terms.

They Are Founded By a Man

The main problem I have here is that it was founded by a man. You heard it right; the irony here is that these women will fight tooth and nail to eliminate patriarchy while their very movement owed its existence to a man. Though Victor Svyatski, the “father of FEMEN” no longer controls FEMEN now, but according to Inna Shevenko, a leading FEMEN leader, they sought his leadership when the group is still in its infancy.

Meet the man behind the movement.
Meet the man behind the movement.

As what I mentioned, a man founding a feminist group is not really a problem, but seeing how the FEMEN movement behaved towards men, it feels like hypocrisy in their part.

Their Topless Protest Could Backfire

The shock of their protest is an effective way to send a clear message to the public. This group won’t be ignored. Women won’t be ignored. The world will recognise women’s rights whether they like it or not.

But it could also fail miserably.

No one could forget the bemused smirk on Vladimir Putin’s face when Femen protesters “attacked” him. He was with Chancellor Angela Merkel in his visit to Germany when a bare chested woman came rushing in. Rather than to tell Putin that he is a dictator (and shout insults), I still can’t figure out the whole point of the “protest”. Inna Shevenko claimed it was a success, but I can’t see anything successful with that. The look on Putin’s face says it all. A protest should instil a powerful message, but as what Putin said on the interview, he loves it.

It seems that Putin is enjoying himself.
It seems that Putin is enjoying himself.

So much for a shock protest, and such failure is a proof that they don’t understand how men’s psyche works. I’m speaking on behalf of many men who have trouble taking their glance away from an attractive lady. We are genetically program to look at a woman’s body. We evolve to judge her health based on her curves and the size of her assets. The curvier, the healthier, hence she will bear healthier children. I’ll be making a separate hub on this, but I’m saying this because FEMEN’s topless approach will have a different effect in the mind of a common man. Chances are guys will only go to a FEMEN’s protest to look at the protester. Their minds are too clouded to see what these girls are fighting for. These protests could be just an open strip club for these men. Stripping to fight patriarchy will end up to please the patriarchy. To be short it is hard to get pass those assets to see what they are fighting for.

Close up of Mr. President's face after seeing a naked protester.
Close up of Mr. President's face after seeing a naked protester.

And then there are women out there who object to these forms of display. Simply staying topless is not for everyone the same way as what some men feel about taking their tops off. You are hearing it correctly. Not all guys love to go topless, me included. And how come that most of these ladies are white, attractive blonds?

Fighting Religion with Intolerance

In Ukraine, the movement never gained foothold. Inna Shevenko’s antics are one of those reasons. FEMEN fiercely objects religion, seeing it as a patriarchal tool of oppression. She once chained sawed a crucifix in Kiev, which turns out to be a memorial for Stalin’s victims. This earned her the ire of the majority of Ukraine as the act made it seems that she supports Stalin’s purge. Lately a female protester attempted to steal the image of a child Jesus in the Vatican. And they once posted a picture of their member, topless as always in turban, unibrow, false beard and crescents on her nipple.

You see this is not protest, it is mockery. Their acts are no different from religious fundamentalists, and the result speaks for itself. Note that not all women see their religion as a form of control. In fact for them it is guidance, enlightenment and salvation. Hence FEMEN got a lot of cold shoulders from their fellow ladies. At the same time Muslim women branded them as Islamophobic due to their anti-Islam antics.

They are certainly more empowered.
They are certainly more empowered.

As a Whole...

With criticism flying from all sides, and with their fellow feminist distancing themselves away from them, FEMEN would have hard time leaving a lasting mark. They did left a mark but not as what they intended. For me FEMEN needs to revise their approach so it will appeal to what women are fighting for, given they know what they are here for. And when they do it wrong, it will reduce feminism into a carnival.

Now feel free to bash me, just sharing my thoughts everyone.


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    • limpet profile image

      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      4 months ago from London England

      Not much publicity on the FEMEN movement lately.

    • Mamerto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mamerto Adan 

      5 months ago from Cabuyao

      Hmm, people seems to have misunderstood my article. Again, it's directed towards Femen and not on the whole movement. But okay.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      5 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      Any woman whose ONLY reason for walking around in a black death shroud is so some guy won't get hot in his pants is not a woman. She's a man's slave.

      Men today are so scared of losing their power over women that they go to extremes to stop women from having the right to make their OWN decisions over their OWN bodily functions.

      Let me know when any man will allow me to TELL him when he can see a doctor about his prostate problems.

      I am so fed up with men always walking around like they have to approve of everything women do. Real equality is when women do not need a man for financial support or their approval.

      The Sisterhood is powerful because MEN have too much power. Women today can go to war as Kentucky's Amy McGrath did and serve 4 tours of duty in Afghanistan.

      Or they can become president. But oh no. Men only need apply for that job and if a woman dares enter that hallowed bastion of male testosterone, she gets her reputation smeared just like the boys always did in high school.

      Men in Missouri pass laws that allow them to FORCE women to undergo unnecessary pelvic exams just to prove they never had an abortion,

      If you men kept it in your pants, women wouldn't need black death shrouds or abortions, How about we women start demanding any rapist has to be surgically turned into a eunoch? That ought to decrease.

      There are male extremists walking around in public with lighted Tiki Torches and armed with AK47s, How about you judge your own gender first?

    • Mamerto profile imageAUTHOR

      Mamerto Adan 

      5 months ago from Cabuyao

      But are they doing it right? It seems that other feminist groups aren't too happy with Femen.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      5 months ago from London England

      The Sisterhood is powerful !

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 

      5 months ago from London England

      Any creed that promotes rights to Women is acceptable.

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      11 months ago from Olde London Towne


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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 

      11 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      So another man telling women how to think and behave? FEMEN is not for every woman. But men have NO business telling any woman what she can and cannot wear in public.

      What is it Muslim men are so afraid of that they force their women to dress in what looks like a black shroud they call a "burka" and cover their heads with a "hajib" when these men in the US see women all around them without these types of dress?

      I've worked with Muslim women who were engineers, biochemists and accounting geniuses. There is nothing in any religion on this planet that demands ONLY women cover their hair or their bodies in death shrouds.

      And let's be honest, those women who think that need to remember why even Arabic men wear long robes. They live in countries where sand flies everywhere. I know this because I heard it from the US Vets returning from the Middle East. Flying sand was one of their biggest complaints throughout the Middle East.

      There is NO flying sand in an office, grocery store or on public, paved streets in the US.

      Men do not have the right to make rules for women. When men do that, they only prove how grossly insecure they really are and afraid women will be their equals, which they have always been.

      As for the women who go along with this kind of male domination claiming it is part of their respect for God, do let me know where God said "Let there be burkas and hajibs."

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      11 months ago from Olde London Towne

      THE Sisterhood is powerful !


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