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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #224 - Point of view: "Hide it in that I can not see" (fr) [machine translation]

Date 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 . "

An anti-religious
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 difference bodies.

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.

Standards feminists?
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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