Arab Women Against Islamism
Seriously, though. Can we stop posting pictures of FEMEN saying they’re Arab/Muslim women, as if they represent all Muslim women? Shit is fucked up and needs to stop.
Who says they represent all muslim women? Is activism not allowed unless it represents every single person who is even mildly related to the targeted group? This anti-femen backlash is ridiculous. There are things to discuss but the knee-jerk “argh fuck femen” reaction is really not productive.
What would the reaction be if these women were muslim? Do they then represent all muslim women? Would the solidarity actions all of a sudden become meaningful? Is the only connection to another human being allowed based on race/religion/culture? Are these women not allowed to feel empathy for other women in a different and more oppressive culture?
Muslim women are telling FEMEN that they do not want them to represent them. Yet FEMEN continually disregards them. THAT’s the issue.\
Solidarity is important. But so is respecting the voices of your sisters, regardless of how oppressed you think they are.
I haven’t seen anything from Femen telling muslims women to shut up or stop expressing themselves so I’m not sure how Femen is disregarding muslim women. Especially since they are showing support for muslim women in oppressive cultures.
Why can’t Femen protest the treatment of women in oppressive cultures in the middle east? I saw some of their protest images that I thought were kinda racist and/or insensitive but that is a different issue than what you are discussing. Please elaborate.