Free the Slaves!
FEMEN Netherlands campaign to “Free the Slaves” of prostitution.
This weekend was kicked off by celebrations of Saint Nicolas arrival with his Black Pete servants from Spain. According to tradition the holy man (white, old and wealthy) returns every year to reward the Dutch children for their behavior. Good children receive gifts and bad children are punished by Black Pete. Every year during the winter holiday season we are reminded of our colonial past, of slavery, a memory so painful that the white people rather ignore it. This bitter truth resurfaced in national discussion about Black Pete (blackface practice as 2nd place main character), that refers to a deeper problem of institutionalised racism.
By engaging in the blackface practice, white people sustain a racist caricature. White pleasure is more important than black pain. This attitude is legitimated by dehumanising “the other”, with arguments such as “oh, it’s just a… Negro” and “there comes the troublemaking Pete”. FEMEN wants to remind the Netherlands, that the problem reaches deeper. Slavery still exists! It’s being embraced as freedom and is financially exploited as part of the Dutch Culture. The red lights burn all year round as symbol of progressiveness, attracting men who can pay for sexual services. The crisis unleashed a price war that resulted in unhealthy competition in the sex industry, where foreign women are exploited in stead of living the better future as promised.
“Oh, they are just… women” from Eastern-Europe, Africa, Latin-America and Asia, a group that form “the other” for the Dutch public. Forced by financial circumstances to sell their body in a foreign country, without knowledge of the native language, confronted by men who say that foreign hookers “should be happy to work here” and if they don’t like it “fuck off to their own country”. Subsequently, the life of sex slaves is not paved with chocolate coins…
FEMEN demands rejection of modern colonialism that exploits foreign, financially instable women! Sextremists are warning, that we are coming through the chimney this year to honestly reward the sex industry for its slave practice.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, WITHOUR SLAVERY!
MY PUSSY, MY RULES!
Today the big parade "for life" took place in Madrid organized by many Christian and conservative organizations. They have seen truncated their big event because of the attack of the Saint FEMEN sextremists.
The activists have disrupted the ride of the anti-abortion movement in the heart of the city, dressed as naked Virgins. With a slogan that made alredy history in the career of Spanish feminism "Abortion is sacred", FEMEN have grappled with the immense crowd moralist and oppressive that flooded the street Cedaceros.
"My body, my rules" or "Freedom for abortion" have been others of the slogans chosen by the sextremists for their confrontation with anti-choice army.
This big event organized with thousands euros for private companies, religious sects, the Church and conservative organizations and neo-fascists, has seen their dream reduced to rubble by FEMEN.
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"WE CONDEMN STEPHEN HARPER’S COLONIALIST POLITICS!
Ever since the Conservative Party came to power, the neoliberal economic policies and overall dictatorship of capitalism bring us decades backwards when it comes to women’s rights. Stephen Harper keeps on abusing First Nations fundamental rights. His government does not respect the Treaties signed and then ignores the protests and claims of the Indigenous communities.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KLARA!
You don't buy, I don't sell. Netherlands
FEMEN Netherlands in support of the International "You don't buy, I don't sell" campaign against prostitution, we demand criminalization of the client worldwide. Protection from sexual exploitation is a human right!
After decades of passive tolerating, the Netherlands legalized prostitution in 2000, the first country in the world to do so, hoping this change of policy would help improve the lives and conditions of those working in the prostitution sector. An idealistic hope that more freedom would set the marginalised free, but instead, that freedom only liberated the clients and the privileged. The promised change never came and every week fresh female meat from Eastern Europe floads the red lighted market of hell, paid rape never has been this legal before. Young girls get promised a good job and a nice future in wealthy Holland, but end up without either and without any other choice.
FEMEN says: don't make promises you can't keep! With the You don't buy, I don't sell campaign, FEMEN makes a real promise: that we fight against the sex industry, to hold the clients responsible as the exploiters they are! If clients don't buy, women don't sell. If men are stripped of their right to buy another human being and use them like an object, these women gain back the power of free choice: men are no longer entitled to sex when you are just desperate to survive.
Undo the shameful mistake this country made 13 unlucky years ago! Criminalize the client and end legal sexual exploitation!
No to prostitution!
Camel for men, cars for women!
FEMEN Activists have supported the initiative of the freedom-loving women of Saudi Arabia with the roar of automobile engines and smoke from the tires, who are not afraid to prohibitions and penalties , 26 October FEMEN sat behind the wheel of a car. Sextremists of FEMEN Germany , armed with placards " Camel for men, cars for women! " , Decided to defend the rights of Muslim women to drive cars . At naked green painted breasts of sextremists were placed slogans "Freedom without limits ," " Faster than your development " , "Fast as fury ." FEMEN action was interrupted by the Berlin police.
The women's movement FEMEN consistently opposed the despotism of Middle Eastern men and women demanding the release of the Muslim world. FEMEN urges the civilized democratic world to help Muslim women to get out of the position of slavery , giving them organizational, financial and political support .
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women to drive a car under different pretexts , for frequent , unscientific and ridiculous .
Recently, Sheikh Saleh Luhaidan made the absurd claim that a woman who regularly sitting behind the wheel of a risk of having a child with birth defects. According to him , women can drive a car only when their husband is injured or are in the desert.
WE NEED NO PENIS TO DRIVE!
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