How would women being portrayed? Women are often described using words that never appeal to men. Women often described by using the words such as, soft, bad in making decision, bad in driving, stupid, housewife, babysitter and more. In other hand, men are always described as strong, successful in work or breadwinner. Back to the olden time, women need to stay at home take care of family, prepare meal and do housework after they married to a man. They don’t have much chance to explore what’s happen around the world. In today modern society, women no longer stay at home after married to man, we work, we earn money and we can be your boss as well. Women are strong now.
Femen – a group of international women’s movement of brace topless female activist painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers founded in Ukraine in 2008. They fight against prostitution, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics. They wanted to tell the world: Our God is a Woman! Our mission is Protest! Our Weapon is bare breasts! And so FEMEN is born and sextremism is set off (Femen [no date]).
In the beginning of Femen activity in 2008, they started to fight with prostitution. During the campaign ‘Ukraine Is Not a Brothel’, they proposed to fight the social disaster that is prostitution on a legal level (Shevchenko 2013). How to tackle the issue with prostitute? Prostitute issue exists in every country and the issue never gets solve. Women are always perceived as sex workers and they are the victim in this issue. Prostitution is not a job that independent women will do. Prostitution is a job when women looking for their financial support, prostitute is normally illegal immigrants or trafficked women where they have choice to choose for their job and they force to sell themselves to men. Women are not a product, sex toy or sex worker, women have their right to choose what kind of life they should have. I realize the prostitution issue in the world, but I just never thought of against prostitution. When we talked about prostitution, the first impression that comes to my mind was women who are immorality. They are materialistic. They are bad guy that involve in illegal business. They are the one who destroy the happy family. They want money rather than earning respect in their life. They don’t have principle of their life. They choose the job that not a typical will do. All those negative factors will appear to my mind whenever I heard about prostitute. I will never think of trafficked women who force by someone to do the job that they are unwilling. Just because they want to earn extra money for their family, they trust the wrong person and they trafficked to other country and force to be sex worker. Who will understand their miserable and they always being look down by other.
A group of brave women hold their topless protest to say NO to prostitution. They want to enslave women exploitation and reach sexual equality. If men don’t buy, women don’t sell. No to exploitation! No to prostitution! (Shevchenko 2013). “We’re showing it as powerful women running and facing them. We are not making sexy sounds, we are screaming as much as we can with our political demands, we’re not showing a passive smiling body, we’re showing an aggressive, screaming body. My body is always saying something. I use it as a small poster to write my political demand” said by Inna Shevchenko, a member of the feminist protest group Femen.
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