Amina quits FEMEN

Amina Sboui, the young Tunisian woman who was arrested and imprisonned for two months after publishing a topless photo of herself with the words ‘Fuck your morals’ written across her chest, has announced that she is quitting FEMEN, the Ukraine based group of feminist activists who demonstrate topless.

FEMEN’s actions, when they were protesting against Amina’s arrest last May raised much controversy. In particular, their protest gave rise to a movement of muslim women  who accused FEMEN of Islamophobia and imperialism. One claim this group makes is that one does not have to show one’s breasts, on indeed one’s hair, to be a feminist, and that women are not oppressed just because they chose to cover their heads.

Interestingly, one of the reasons Amina gave for leaving FEMEN is their Islamophobia. But far from joining the group who believes that even feminists should cover up, she posted a topless photo of herself two weeks after her release from prison.

May this serve as a reminder that there are many ways of interpreting Islam (as indeed there are for any other religion), and that just as FEMEN do not own the copyright of what it is to be a feminist activist, not all Muslims think that women should cover up.



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  1. Not quite sure how reliable this is but The Independent reported that behind FEMEN is a man… Not that men cannot be feminists, his motives seem questionable: “However, Ms Green [the woman who “outed” him] reveals that Svyatski [the man supposedly behind Femen] is not simply a supporter of Femen but its founder and éminence grise. “It’s his movement and he hand-picked the girls. He hand-picked the prettiest girls because the prettiest girls sell more papers. The prettiest girls get on the front page… that became their image, that became the way they sold the brand,” she says.”

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