Manifesto vii A Movement of Free Women: Preface by Galia Ackerman xiii Part I: The Gang of Four 1. Inna, a Quiet Hooligan 3 2. Anna, the Instigator 13 3. Sasha, the Shy One 24 4. Oksana, the Iconoclast 34 Part II: Action 5. ?Ukraine Is Not a Brothel? 43 6. No More Nice Quiet Protests 68 7. Femen Goes All Out 89 8. In Belarus: A Dramatic Experience 105 9. Femen Gets Radical 117 10. ?I?m Stealing Putin?s Vote!? 122 11. Naked Rather Than in a Niqab! 128 12. Femen France 150 13. Our Dreams, Our Ideals, Our Men 161 One Year Later: Afterword by Galia Ackerman 168 Notes 182
Femen is a feminist protest group which was founded in Ukraine in 2008 by Anna Hutso, Oksana Shachko, Alexandra Shevchenko and Inna Shevchenko, who are among its key members. They have attracted worldwide attention for a series of high-profile protests at key international events and currently live in exile in France.
"Femen and Everyday Sexism are two breakthrough movements to emergein recent times, and they bring their own distinct 'manifestos' inbook form. Both confirm that feminism is no longer a dirty wordamong twentysomethings but also that the ideology manifests itselfdifferently from their campaigning Second Wave predecessors." The Independent "With Femen, we are dealing with something new ... Its activistsare charting a new route for public discourse about women andreligion, and making it an unabashedly universal discourse,venturing into realms where they may be hated, and they may yet paya high price for this. But that they have gotten people talking,even shouting and crying, is undeniable, and it is good; onlythrough debate and discussion, sometimes painful, often unsettling,will we progress." The Atlantic "Femen s aims are straightforward, broad and radical. A waron patriarchy on three fronts, calling for an end to all religions,dictatorship and the sex industry." The Guardian "Part manifesto part biography this is Ukranian protestgroup FEMEN in their own words. Currently exiles in France, thefour key members outline their objectives and sextremist tactics. Atimely look at their 'non-violent but highly aggressive' toplessbrand of feminist activism." Diva Magazine "This account will inspire activists and inform scholarsfor generations." Publishers Weekly