Femen is like many Israeli activist, who forgot their role as “solidarity” activist, and started to try to lead the movement against a system of oppression they are part off!
It doesn’t need much to notice the Islamophobia, Orientalist messages this picture send, from using a towel to imitate the Islamic head wear, to the beard “I understand she can’t grow a beard”, and the pose that suppose to imitate the Muslim prayers. which makes this picture all in all offensive to many Muslims, women and men.
Femen, by waging it’s (Operation Women Freedom) to free all Muslim women from the Islamic patriarchy, are no different from many Israeli activists who tried to move from their solidarity positions, to lead the resistance against oppressive system they are part of.
“Same apply on French who went to Algeria to fight against the French colonialism, out of their believes that the oppressed are unable to liberate themselves”
Femen are not Islamist Jihadist in Afghanistan or Syria, thanks to those who will eagerly try to point this to me. Well, my dear friend, nor radical Islamists are the problem.
The Jihadist, or the Islamist “if you want”, are the result of colonial and sub-colonial oppression reflected on Muslim nations all over the world either directly, or indirectly through puppet dictatorships. Many of those dictatorship tried to enforce Liberal and more western friendly policies on their people, but those policies were doomed the moment the regimes collapses, as what happen in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq…etc.
Most of those changes were enforced by the system on the people, the moment the system is gone, people went back to their old ways, because they simply didn’t want those changes, associating it with the former oppressive system.
To create a permanent change in the society, you need the people to change and then enforce those changes on the system, which guarantees even if the system is no more, people will continues.
Digging in the history of many members of those Jihadies or Islamist you notice that many were part of Socialist progressive movements, who abandoned their ideas, after what they thought the end of socialism by the collapse of the USSR. Many others are simply people who don’t want to change, and for sure, they don’t want changes to be enforced on them
To sum up!
Femen might be standing for a noble cause, I too stand by, but I hate when a group of people think they are morally superior and in position to judges or enforce their ways on other, whether they were Islamist, Liberal, communist,…… what ever. People must have the right to choose how they want to live, and change the way they desire, even if we don’t like or agree with it.
Burns the flag you want, strip as much as you want dear European ladies, but when real change take place, it will happen from inside the Arab and Muslim societies, No thanks to you, but rather, despite you.