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Topless women protest the Catholic Church’s misogyny under Pope’s balcony

Topless women protest the Catholic Church’s misogyny under Pope’s balcony

Topless women from the Ukrain gathered under the Pope's balcony at the Vatican to protest what they say is the Catholic Church’s misogyny.

The rally on Sunday, November 6, 2011, was arranged by activists of the Ukrainian Femen women's rights movement.

Ilona Staller, age 59, a former porn star called la Cicciolina, known for giving political speeches with one breast exposed and a member of Parliament, allegedly supports the protest.  According to Ukrainian Ridus news agency, it was Staller who invited Femen to Italy in the first place.  But officially, it was Oleksandra Shevchenko, the leader of the Femen Movement, who organized the topless protest.

Shevchenko waved a banner, which stated “Freedom for Women,” as she shouted what sounded like “Libre! Libre…” and tore off her see-through top under the Vatican.  She was surrounded by police and detained.

The protest condemned the Pope’s stance against contraception and other oppressive dogmas against women.

“Condemning the usage of contraceptives, worldwide anti-abortion lobby, attempts to restrict the attire and the appearance of women, and prohibition from acquiring church ranks is nothing more than a foul-smelling belch of the witch hunt,” the statement said.

An RT news clip reports that the activists are angry at the Pope’s condemnation of abortion and the use of contraception.  The group protests against the anti-feminist policies of the Vatican that “impose patriarchal medieval concepts of social and cultural positioning of women”.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • bob

    Ridus – is not Ukrainian, its Russian News Agency

    • I was going by what the articles stated. The women are Ukrainian according to the articles. However, I didn't realize Ukrainian was before Ridus. That must have been an error in typing.

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