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Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World's Most Provocative Activist Group (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Tayler , The Atlantic Books
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A dramatic story of rage, revolution, and the daring young woman at the center of a new fight for the future of feminism.

They came for Inna Shevchenko in the middle of the night—thugs sent by Ukrainian authorities to arrest the beautiful and angry young activist. When she jumped out of her apartment’s back window and into a speeding car, Shevchenko’s life changed forever. The 22-year-old, who had inspired the Russian activists Pussy Riot, fled to Paris and, almost overnight, built a movement that now spans Europe and beyond.

Femen—the self-ordained “shock-troops of feminism” and “the watch-bitches of democracy”—today boasts more than 5,000 members, with branches in 10 countries. It has quickly become the most provocative and daring activist organization in the world, thanks in part to its audacious topless demonstrations. Physically attacking world leaders, brawling with police, and enduring beatings and arrests in its militant fight against the oppression of women, Femen is impossible to ignore, but—until now—difficult to fully understand.

Granted extensive and exclusive access to Shevchenko and her inner circle in Paris and Venice, Jeffrey Tayler, The Atlantic’s longtime Russia correspondent, takes readers deep inside the movement and paints a powerful, revealing portrait of the women waging an urgent, angry battle to shape the future of feminism.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeffrey Tayler is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and has, since 1993, reported from Moscow for publications including National Geographic, Harper's, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and Men’s Journal. He is the author of seven books, including River of No Reprieve and Facing the Congo, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.


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  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: The Atlantic Books (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEVK7F6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story about courage December 26, 2013
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This is a fascinating book. It is about how a small group of young women found the strength to confront a brutal and corrupt police state, and moved on to create an international movement for social justice. I found their story inspiring. It shows that even in the worst of circumstances (and if Ukraine isn't quite that, you can see what it would be like from there) there are nonviolent ways to draw attention to horrible injustices. Not everyone is going to agree with Femen's tactics, but not everyone has gone through what these young women have. Tayler's book is important, I think, because it makes it possible to understand what it is like to be truly desperate, needing the world to change, but finding no one willing to listen. Tayler's book is about how these remarkable young women nevertheless found a way to make the world listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emergence of a Protest Movement March 29, 2014
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A well balanced account of the emergence of a protest movement that uses feminine beauty combined with performance art to point a finger at abuses of power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good analysis of the Femen Movement March 1, 2014
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I had read several news articles on French news sites about demonstrations held by members of the Femen movement, but I had no real idea of what the movement was about until I saw an advertisement for this ebook in The Atlantic magazine, I decided to check the book out by visiting the Amazon Web site to see what others had to say about it.

I only found two reviews of the book, one strongly positive and one strongly negative. Both seemed to imply that the book was not impartial but rather slanted in favor of the movement, to the delight of one of the reviewers and to the dismay of the other. Nevertheless, I decided to gamble a couple of bucks and purchase the book. I'm glad I did.

Jeffery Tayler is an excellent writer, as one would expect of a contributing editor of The Atlantic, and he does a superb job of describing the Femen movement and its history in a short book that can be read in a few hours. His treatment of the movement is as impartial as one can expect of an author who spent many hours with the movement's members and leadership. On the negative side, he mentions for example, that the movement has been accused of being ruled by the iron fist of its leader, Inna Shevchenko, and of being a dictatorial organization dedicated to fighting dictatorial organizations.

Whatever your opinion of the small, anti-patriarchal Femen movement and its tactics, I highly recommend that you read this ebook if you want to know more about it. This is the only publication that I am aware of that discusses the Femen movement in depth. -- Jack Quinn
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2.0 out of 5 stars Corny-Rebel without a cause February 9, 2014
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What's the point. They attack any group they don't believe in, including religious. They don't need to be topless to rebel. If it's woman's right's to go shirtless that's fine, but if it's being used to attract attention they missed the point. They have yet to make a statement as to their real cause. I totally a support woman's right's and it makes me sick to see how they are treated in other parts of the world. It's a culture and needs to be addressed by the rest of the world. Unfortunately that creates blood shed.
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