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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #224 - Point of view: "Hide it in that I can not see" (fr) [machine translation]
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:41:26 +0200
We published in No. 222 an article criticizing the organization Femen including the mode
of action is to appear topless in public space. If the criticism is legitimate, it should
not necessarily be reduced to " a mere avatar of capitalism, advertising. " The Femen
originated in Ukraine in 2008. Anna Hudsol, founder influenced by August Bebel, said he
wanted to mobilize activists in an " male dominated "by prostitution, sex tourism and"
where women are passive . " They decide to act to represent topless Ukrainian women who
have wealth to their bodies. It is not a mistake, but a political choice for us to
question the body-object in patriarchy and capitalism, as well as on the moral discourse
of some radical feminists. The objective is to fight " for freedom, democracy, women's
rights and against sexual servitude, domestic violence or religious oppression "using
methods of action more or less burlesque theater and connotation , hippie or punk.
Femen the fight against religious speech, expressions of the Law of the Father, the source
of our laws. St. Paul the Civil Code (1804), we find the idea of obedience and the idea
that " the woman and her bowels are the property of man . "
Monotheistic religions reduce the desire and sexuality to reproduction. Women's bodies,
synonymous with sin, is subject to male authority, to be hidden. It is therefore necessary
to analyze the happenings of Femen as a radical critique of religion and affirmation of
This is the sense of requiring that the Muslim unfold. Installed since 2011 in Paris, in
2012, to show Femen shouts of "burqa-haired rather than" with the aim to fight against
sexism (which can not be compared to the campaigns unveiling of the army French in
Algeria). They also denounce Christian fundamentalism in the event of Civitas November 18,
action involving a beating.
The rock in which some feminist discourses fall by systematically involving nudity and
"image pornifiée" leads to hold positions Puritan.
This is unfortunate because the affirmation of sexual difference as militant feminist act
can not be reduced to a "topless activism" explained by the fact that "the patriarchy deep
traps and it is complex to escape its packaging. " This is an argument of authority is to
ask a master who knows, and forget that each social group, including activist or feminist,
produces its own standard.
As libertarians, we can not defend the idea of a standard dress to meet to be respectable
as activists, and by extension as women. Feminism must defend freedom of practice and
rejection of packaging whatsoever. It is heartbreaking to read " if journalists talk
about the struggle of women is that men can masturbate over "because men are discredited.
Libertarian thought rather try to treat the individual as such and considered as
potentially resistant and critical of patriarchal and capitalist alienation.
The Femen strive to symbolically reclaim the female body, turning it into a political body
and not as subject in porn. Without taking a model, it is possible to analyze the actions
and limitations Femen without prejudice.
AL collective of Nantes
Details: At its 2006 congress, AL rejected essentialism and naturalism of gender
identities (read on www.alternativelibertaire.org ). As a result, we can only agree with
the idea of Femen that sexual difference is constitutive of humanity.
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