Affective activism and political secularism

The unending body in the Femen movement

Authored by: Camilla Møhring Reestorff

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315475059-22

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Abstract

The activist movement Femen is notorious for topless protests and the ideology ‘sextremism, atheism and feminism’. The movement’s manifesto reads: ‘Our God is a woman! Our Mission is Protest! Our Weapon are [sic] bare breasts!’ (http://www.femen.org). The references to religion are evident in phrases such as ‘our God is a Woman’, ‘topless jihadists’ (Taylor 2013), and ‘godless witches’ (Shevchenko 2015). In this chapter I investigate a reoccurring paradox: namely that Femen attacks religions and religious institutions, while embedding references to religion in their activist imaginary.

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