OBSCENITY IS IN YOUR EYES

On Tuesday, September 8, security guards at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris denied access to a woman, Jeanne, because of her clothes. They repeated, staring at her chest, “rules are rules”. The security of the place seemed to feel threatened by the décolleté of the woman: according to these security guards, Jeanne’s dress was too low-cut. The Musée d’Orsay hosts a number of art works that depict female and male nudity, as well as the famous painting, L’origine du monde, by Gustave Courbet.For these security guards, however , it is problematic to wear a dress that shows too much of skin. On the other hand, it was not a problem for them to judge Jeanne’s outfit publicly. Jeanne was allowed to enter the museum on the condition that she put on a jacket (phew, this way the security of the place was no longer threatened).In response to this sexist and discriminative injunction, twenty FEMEN activists went for a “protest-visit” to the Musée d’Orsay.They occupied the main hall of the museum, exhibiting their bodies among the works of art, to shout loud and clear “Our bodies are not obscene”. We affirm that woman’s body isn’t sexual by definition, and it is not obscene! We support Jeanne and all women who are victims of sexist discrimination on the daily basis! Stop the sexualization of women’s bodies!OIO

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