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Qahera + FEMEN

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Christina Ivey

on 15 September 2016

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Transcript of Qahera + FEMEN

Concerns
• “global women’s issues”

• collapsing “women”

• collapsing “issues”

• “better naked than a burqa”

Nagarajan, 2013

Topless Protester
and the
Super Hejab

Qahera + FEMEN
FEMEN
• Created in 2012 by Deena Mohamed

• Misogyny, Sexual harassment, and “White Savior” ideologies

• Inspired by strong women she sees

• Originally meant to teach young girls, now to reach others with the message

Qahera
• Created in 2008 by Inna Shevochenko

• “global women's movement...the scandal famous organization of topless women activists, who defend with their breasts [the] sexual and social equality in the world”

• “You should not show your body like that; you should use it to protest and fight.”

Articulation
Flannery
Polemic
“any practice establishing a relation among elements…"
(Lacleau and Mouffe, (p. 105, cited in DeLuca, 1999, p. 335)
“What sense can I make of that rage now?
What good does it do us to recall it, to try to make sense of it?”
(Flannery, 2001, p. 114).
Traditional vs. Hidden
Implications
Epistemic Violence
“the construction of a self-immolating colonial subject for the glorification of the social mission of the colonizer” (Spivak, 1999, p. 127)
Hidden Polemics and Contemporary Feminism
Space for Discussion, Questioning, and Transformation
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