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Femen’s “Topless Jihad” against misogyny in Tunisia (nudity)

Posted by Tom Megginson | 4-04-2013 18:25 | Category: Women's Issues

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia
[via Femen.org]

Today, April 4, is “Topless Jihad Day” for the international feminist group Femen. It is support of Amina Tyler, a woman belonging to their Tunisian chapter who was committed to a psychiatric hospital by her family after posting topless pictures of herself online, her body decorated with feminist slogans like “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honor.”

Like Egypt’s Aliaa Magda Elmahdy before her (now a member of Femen also) Ms. Tyler’s public nude resistance to conservative sexual “morals” has put her more extreme Islamist countrymen on the offensive:

Tunisian newspaper Kapitalis quoted the Wahabi Salafi preacher Almi Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying: “The young lady should be punished according to sharia, with 80 to 100 lashes, but [because of] the severity of the act she has committed, she deserves be stoned to death.

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia
[From the Femen Tunisia Facebook page]

The protests are taking place at mosques and Tunisian embassies all over Europe.

The following pictures were all taken from Femen.org:

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia

Femens Topless Jihad against misogyny in Tunisia

That last picture is of Aliaa Magda Elmahdy.

While the campaign has drawn some criticism for being “Islamophobic” it is drawing support from secular leaders from the Muslim world such as Iranian-born human rights activist Maryam Namazie, who wrote:

“As I have said before, nudity is the antithesis of veiling. Also it is clear that you cannot defend women’s rights and defend Islam and Islamism at the same time. You have to choose. FEMEN and we have chosen to side with women’s rights and equality; they have chose to side with the veil, Islam and Islamism no matter what it does to those who do not submit.”


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