It’s a headline that’s going to get attention. International feminist group, Femen, are promoting today (4th April 2013) as Topless Jihad Day in support of a Tunisian comrade, Amina, who recently caused controversy when she posted a photograph of herself topless, smoking a cigarette & reading in a pair of jeans.
Facebook seems to be in constant battle with the Femen photographs, most of which are self-censored to hide the offending nipples (male ok, female bad!) . For example today they have also blocked the following photograph taken in Paris at a protest outside the Tunisian Embassy.
The Femen message and even motives are sometimes confusing, sometimes a little contradictory and the group seems to struggle to win support from respected feminists. The current campaign is largely aimed against the excesses of Islamist abuses of women and prompted by the threats against Amina.
She has gone into hiding of sorts following this call by Tunisian Salafi preacher Alami Adel (head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) :
“According to God’s law, she deserves 80 to 100 lashes, but what she committed is worth much more than that. She deserves to be stoned to death and she must be quarantined because what she did is an epidemic.”
Her family has since placed her in a mental asylum, claiming she has lost her mind — though this is most likely an act intended to keep her safe from attacks. Tunisia’s mostly secular laws will probably see her imprisoned for her but there are very genuine fears for her safety.
For developments follow Femen on Facebook here