May 22nd, 2012

FEMEN: Topless Trophy Tipping

This woman resisting her suited male suitors is a member of the Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN. FEMEN is kind of like Kickette, only they’re braver and less likely to be arrested for public disorder offenses. Their supporters have an aversion to wearing bras and enjoy throwing the EURO 2012 trophy around podia to protest against the upcoming tourney.

It isn’t so much the footy they have a problem with, but rather the massive boost any large gathering of blokes gives to the sex tourism industry.

While yesterday’s feisty escapade cooled as quickly as it started, the group’s past activities have seen the tables turned on them, with protesters ended up assaulted and threatened with violence. The fact that their penmanship is so pristine, their message placement so not crooked and that they’re prepared to risk this to spread their message has inspired us to launch our own #OccupyFootballersPants protest.

What do you think Kickettes? A worthy cause or a wasted effort (ours, not theirs)?

Image: SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/GettyImages.

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9 Responses to “FEMEN: Topless Trophy Tipping”

  1. Jenny says:

    Would we be discussing this without them? Answer: no.

    Well done ladies!

  2. gigi says:

    I don't really know how effective this is in that most men will see the boobs and… well, that's it. I don't know how many of them will bother to actually read or listen as to why those boobs are out there. But kudos to the girls for trying.

  3. Jenni says:

    Naked protest is popular this year… didn't Balotelli's ex Sara Tomassi do it to protest against bank bonuses? I agree with Mata – if this protest is even a bit effective, it was worth it. Another issue worth protesting about is the inhumane slaughter of thousands of stray cats and dogs to 'clean' Ukrainian streets prior to the tournament – you can sign the petition against that here: http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-killing-…

    Also, a lot of football supporters in Poland have been protesting against the tournament because it is being used as an excuse to try and kill the country's vibrant supporter culture (and I'm not talking about violence or racism, but things like flares and banners). The same is being done in Brazil, where the government claims to be trying to stop shootings, which usually take place away from the ground, by increasing ticket prices, and banning giant flags and groups of people wearing identical T-shirts. The World Cup is a pretext for this. I'm not going to boycott the tournament, but I will support any fans' group against unnecessary repression.

    This topic brings a whole new meaning to the phrase 'political football'!

  4. mata says:

    Pointless, if you're going to fight the sex tourism industry (not a bad thing, given that 1 in 6 prostitutes in the Ukraine is a child) then you have to fight the underlying causes, but if their antics raise awareness of the problem even a little then I won't complain.

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  6. Loninha - Brasil says:

    what helps get topless? in my humble opinion absolutely nothing, unfortunately they are wasted efforts, who will take seriously girls who get naked in a protest? I guess no one!!

  7. Catty Women says:

    Feminist?, hardly. What kind of Feminist expose herself/themselves to make a point? attention seekers yes! And yours just trying to strech what you already do on this website.

  8. Jayy says:

    Kudos to these girls for standing up for what they believe in. There’s also the whole issue with street children and then the threats from neo-nazi groups warning Black and Asian England fans to stay away for the Euros :/
    Hope everyone stays safe.

  9. Nikee says:

    Well i do have to say that when it was first announced that ukrainia/poland got the euros 2012 i was pretty upset because i couldn’t believe that the fifa would choose countries with so many problems and i’m not talking about the economy but about the constant human rights violations by their government as well as the ongoing sex crimes and girls trafficking. I guess i was naive to assume that this tournament would be taken as a huge opportunity for their politics to head into a different direction.
    RESPECT for those girls and women to be brave and speak up!