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FEMEN and Feminism Without Boundaries

FEMEN and Feminism Without Boundaries Women’s Studies in Communication, 38:380–383, 2015 Copyright # The Organization for Research on Women and Communication ISSN: 0749-1409 print=2152-999X online DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2015.1088293 ELIZABETH J. NATALLE Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA FEMEN is a site for transnational debate over the effectiveness of a ‘‘Ukrainian form of pop feminism,’’ as core members describe their activities in a newly released historiography (Ackerman 133). Clearly situated in the hyperreality of postmodern feminism, FEMEN’s four core members, all in their twenties, admit to using media as a primary tool for discovering issues that might serve as a call to action in their quest to ‘‘kill patriarchy.’’ Using the street technique of ‘‘sextremism,’’ where ‘‘female nudity is a grave-digger of the system,’’ FEMEN claims a form of ‘‘peaceful terrorism’’ (FEMEN). Such a claim sets up a strange oxymoron that leaves one wondering whether extreme acts such as disrupting public meetings with bare breasts emblazoned with protest slogans and burning flags are rhetorically effective and in the best interests of feminist social change aims. Political scientist Valerie Sperling questions the extent to which FEMEN is actually a feminist group, given that nor- mative gender patterns of masculinity, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Women's Studies in Communication Taylor & Francis

FEMEN and Feminism Without Boundaries

Women's Studies in Communication , Volume 38 (4): 4 – Oct 2, 2015
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Women’s Studies in Communication, 38:380–383, 2015 Copyright # The Organization for Research on Women and Communication ISSN: 0749-1409 print=2152-999X online DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2015.1088293 ELIZABETH J. NATALLE Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA FEMEN is a site for transnational debate over the effectiveness of a ‘‘Ukrainian form of pop feminism,’’ as core members describe their activities in a newly released historiography (Ackerman 133). Clearly situated in the hyperreality of postmodern feminism, FEMEN’s four core members, all in their twenties, admit to using media as a primary tool for discovering issues that might serve as a call to action in their quest to ‘‘kill patriarchy.’’ Using the street technique of ‘‘sextremism,’’ where ‘‘female nudity is a grave-digger of the system,’’ FEMEN claims a form of ‘‘peaceful terrorism’’ (FEMEN). Such a claim sets up a strange oxymoron that leaves one wondering whether extreme acts such as disrupting public meetings with bare breasts emblazoned with protest slogans and burning flags are rhetorically effective and in the best interests of feminist social change aims. Political scientist Valerie Sperling questions the extent to which FEMEN is actually a feminist group, given that nor- mative gender patterns of masculinity,

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Published: Oct 2, 2015

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