In the beginning, there was the body, feeling of the woman’s body, feeling of joy because it is so light and free. Then there was injustice, so sharp that you feel it with your body, it immobilizes the body, hinders its movements, and then you find yourself your body’s hostage. And so you turn your body against this injustice, mobilizing every body’s cell to struggle against the patriarchy and humiliation. You tell the world: Our God is a Woman!
Our Mission is Protest!
Our Weapon are bare breasts!
And so FEMEN is born and sextremism is set off.
FEMEN is an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers.
FEMEN female activists are the women with special training, physically and psychologically ready to implement the humanitarian tasks of any degree of complexity and level of provocation. FEMEN activists are ready to withstand repressions against them and are propelled by the ideological cause alone. FEMEN is the special force of feminism, its spearhead militant unit, modern incarnation of fearless and free Amazons.
We live in the world of male economic, cultural and ideological occupation. In this world, a woman is a slave, she is stripped of the right to any property but above all she is stripped of ownership of her own body. All functions of the female body are harshly controlled and regulated by patriarchy. Separated from the woman, her body is an object to monstrous patriarchal exploitation, animated by production of heirs, surplus profits, sexual pleasures and pornographic shows. Complete control over the woman’s body is the key instrument of her suppression; the woman’s sexual demarche is the key to her liberation. Manifestation of the right to her body by the woman is the first and the most important step to her liberation. Female nudity, free of patriarchal system, is a grave-digger of the system, militant manifesto and sacral symbol of women’s liberation
FEMEN’s naked attacks is a naked nerve of the historic woman-system conflict, its most visual and appropriate illustration. Activist’s naked body is the undisguised hatred toward the patriarchal order and new aesthetics of women’s revolution.
FEMEN’s Goal: Complete victory over patriarchy
- by strength of courage and personal example, to initiate global women’s mob law over patriarchy as the historically first, and last, existing form of slavery.
- to provoke patriarchy into open conflict by forcing it to disclose its aggressive antihuman nature to fully discredit it in the eyes of history.
- to ideologically undermine the fundamental institutes of patriarchy - dictatorship, sex-industry, and church – by putting these institutes through subversive trolling to force them to strategic surrender.
- to promote new revolutionary female sexuality as opposed to the patriarchal erotic and pornography.
- to instill in modern women culture of active opposition to the evil and of struggle for justice.
- to create the most influential and combat-effective women’s union in the world.
- immediate political deposition of all dictatorial regimes creating unbearable living conditions for women, first of all, theocratic Islamic states practicing Shari'ah and other forms of sadism regarding women;
- complete extermination of prostitution as an egregious form of exploitation of women by criminalizing the clients, investors and organizers of slave-trade. To recognize that sex-industry is the most large-scale and long-term genocide against women;
- to universally and completely separate the church from the state and to prohibit any intervention of the religious institutions in the civic, sex and reproductive lives of modern women.
FEMEN’s Tactics Is Sextremism
Sextremism is a fundamentally new form of women’s feminist actionism developed by FEMEN.
Sextremism is female sexuality rebelling against patriarchy and embodied in the extremal political direct action events. Sexist style of the actions is a way to destruct the patriarchal understanding of what is the destination of female sexuality to the benefit of the great revolutionary mission. Extremal nature of sextremism demonstrates intellectual, psychological and physical superiority of female activists from FEMEN over the bandogs of patriarchy. Unsanctioned format of the sextremism events represents the historical right of the woman to make her protest anywhere at any time and not to concert her action with the patriarchal law-enforcing structures. Sextremism is the woman’s mockery of vulgar male extremism and its bloody mayhems and a cult of terror. Sextremism is a non-violent but highly aggressive form of provocation; it is an all-powerful demoralizing weapon undermining the foundations of the old political ethics and rotten patriarchal culture.
Flower crown is a symbol of femininity and proud insubmission, a crown of heroism.
Body-poster is the truth delivered by the body by means of nudity and meanings inscribed on it.
FEMEN’s logotype is Ф, a Cyrillic letter, the shape of which is similar to women’s breasts that are the key symbol of the women’s movement FEMEN.
FEMEN’s slogal: My Body Is My Weapon!
Structure and Activities
International women’s movement FEMEN legally operates in the democratic societies and illegally operates in the countries controlled by the dictatorial regimes. FEMEN is registered as an international organization and is now working to legalize the national FEMEN-groups throughout the world. Today, the movement FEMEN is represented by national branches all over Europe and is interested in permanent development of new locations through involvement if new activists. Female sextremists are trained in the training centers created by the movement in Ukraine and France. The movement is managed by the Coordination Council which includes the founders and the most prominent activists of the organization.
To support the activities of the organization, FEMEN accepts the charitable contributions from people who share the movement’s ideas and methods of struggle. It also sells clothing and accessories with the symbols of the organization, as well as the movement’s art-objects that we ourselves produce. There is no single investor of the movement that deliberately refuses financial assistance from the political parties, religious organizations and other lobbying structures.
All financial resources, earned and collected, are used to promote the goal and objectives of the movement. The only source that legally disseminates the FEMEN’s products is the web-site femenshop.com
FEMEN movement stands to the principles of openness and commitment to media to ensure maximum coverage of its revolutionary and advocacy activities in mass media. The movement carries out aggressive awareness-raising and information campaign in the Internet and sees the World Web as an alternative broadcasting medium for its ideology. FEMEN is present in every important social network and internet community.
FEMEN is responsible only for those acts of sextremism information of which is shared on official web resources of the movement.