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Monday, May 17, 2010

Topless FEMEN Activists Protest Russia’s Takeover of Ukraine

These ladies know how to grab attention.

They're the ones who showed up at Yanukovych's polling station of choice.

With Ukraine now firmly in Russia's chauvinist grip, they decided to beard the bear in his den once again.



James Stanhope said...

I thoroughly enjoy FEMEN's media stunts. But their obvious self-promotion trivializes Ukrainian dissent, at least in the minds of Westerners.

Their shirtless 'protests' are probably meant to be photo-resumes for future careers in film or modeling, and I think that's understood by their audience. As long as FEMEN is entertaining, no one minds their increasingly obvious cynicism.

Taras said...

We're on the same page.

They're better than the stay-at-home crowd (the silent majority), but their PETA-style protests only go so far.

They need to go beyond the boobs-and-circuses thing.

That's something all Ukrainians need to do.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Taras. Move beyond the boobs thing and just go fully nude.

Andrew Wice said...

I would respectfully disagree with both of you. If FEMEN's primary objective is to raise awareness of Russia's takeover of the Ukraine, it is very successful. The mass media devotes so little time to actual news, bare breasts are a convincing way to get noticed.

Of course, this raises larger worries about the mass media and women's issues ... but that's centuries in the making.