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Muslim Women Reject FEMEN’s Attempt to “Liberate” Them

8 April 2013 One Comment Email This Post Email This Post
Amina Tyler on the Tunisian program “Labes”

Amina Tyler on the Tunisian program “Labes”

Muslim Women Reject FEMEN’s Attempt to “Liberate” Them

by Garibaldi

FEMEN “International Topless Jihad” protests seemed to have been a good way for Eurocentric feminists to ignore Muslim feminists while at the same time gaining significant media attention. There was so much hysterical and fact-less hyperbole, laced with Orientalisms and Islamophobia in the protest that it was bound to elicit a rejection by Muslim feminists.

This most recent media conflagration pitting “West vs. East” sprung up after: 1.) Amina Tyler, the founder (and sole member?) of Tunisia’s FEMEN posed bare chested with the message “F–K your morals” (in English) and “My Body belongs to me and is not the source of anyone’s honour” (in Arabic). 2.) Adel Almi, a Tunisian cleric, commented that Amina could “be lashed” and even “stoned” for her protest implying that perhaps she needs to be in a “mental institution.”

These statements are sick and this cleric should definitely be reprimanded for possibly endangering someone’s life. His statements are equivalent to the statements of Evangelical pastors in the USA who say gays should be killed for their lifestyle, it does not have any bearing on the law–Tunisia is in fact one of the most “liberal” and “secular” Arab nations. Indeed, under the dictatorship of Ben Ali women were not allowed to wear the headscarf in Tunisian colleges, where was the protest from FEMEN regarding women’s choice then?

Interestingly enough it appears that despite the kooky statements of Adel Almi, Amina Tyler was quite open and free to express herself and defend her views in Tunisia, as was indicated by the fact that Amina was a guest on the popular Tunisian talk show “Laa Ba’s” (No Worries) and other venues such as “Jadal Tunisia” (Debate Tunisia). According to her lawyer, Bouchra Bel Haj Hmida, a famous Tunisian woman’s rights activist, Amina is safe and with her family.

I want to note that FEMEN doesn’t seem to do a very good job of highlighting their message in protests, their tactics rather seem to overshadow and serve as a distraction from the very real and important arguments feminists are attempting to advance.

For this reason one also has to question who funds FEMEN? Who leads the movement? One snippet that can provide an answer to this is what Jessica Zychowichz of the University of Michigan has written, noting that the group’s leader Anna Hutsol was a “participant in a leadership training seminar funded by the US State Department several years ago.” I’m not drawing any conclusions from this but it does underscore the need for more digging into the background of this organization.

Finally, no word on whether Pamela Geller participated in the topless jihad? Seems like it would be up her alley!

(h/t: DR Bartholomew)

Muslim Women send message to FEMEN

Muslim women have launched a campaign to send a message to “sextremist” collective Femen. “Muslimah Pride Day” was organised in response to Femen’s self-declared “Topless Jihad Day”, a day of topless protests around the world to support Tunisian Femen activist Amina Tyler.



Below is a screenshot from the “Muslimah Pride Day” event on Facebook:

  1. The organisers of the counter-protest urged Muslim women to speak out for themselves and assert their diverse identities:
  2. This event is open to ALL muslim women, Hijaabi’s Nikaabis and women who choose not to wear it. Muslimah pride is about connecting with your Muslim identity and reclaiming our collective voice. Most importantly it is about diversity and showing that muslim women are not just one homogenous group. We come in all shapes and sizes, all races and cultural backgrounds. Whether we choose to wear hijaabs or not is nobodies business but ours. So please get clicking, get creative, get loud and proud. #Muslimapride

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One Comment »

  1. LOL! Those morons need to learn the difference between “Islam”, and “Islamism”. Even then, would the true nature of all religion be exposed. Nobody does this to Christians. You know why? Because they want to work WITH the oppressive systems. Not against it.

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