The topless protest group Femen started out in the Ukraine in 2008. Today, it’s a global movement, more than 300 topless warriors have joined the naked revolution.
The organization became internationally known for organizing controversial topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international topics.
In October 2012 the organization claimed it had about 40 activists in Ukraine, and another 100 who had joined their protests abroad, as well as tens of thousands of supporters via the social networks.
The organisation describes itself as “fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations – sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion” and has stated that its goals are “to develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of young women in Ukraine” and “to build up the image of Ukraine, country with great opportunities for women”. FEMEN activists have been regularly detained by police in response to their protests.
Their fans say they’re courageous, no-nonsense activists, their critics say that Femen’s tactics are devaluing the fight for female equality. What’s inarguable is that due to those tactics, the world’s media are, once again, pointing their massed cameras at the feminist cause.
To find out why women are flashing their breasts in the name of feminism, Vice spent a weekend in Paris with Inna Shevchenko, one of Femen’s founding members, and her French Femen sisters.
This documentary includes the Femen sisters lead up to one of their latest actions: pissing off a baying horde of neo-Nazi thugs.