Photo Gallery A New Form of Feminist Protest

The Femen activist group has made headlines around the world by baring their breasts to protest against prostitution, exploitation and corruption. But can their naked stunts change anything, or are they just providing images for a sex-obsessed media?
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The Femen activist group has made headlines around the world by baring their breasts to protest against prostitution, exploitation and corruption. Here, a November 2011 protest in Vatican City.

Foto: Pier Paolo Cito/ AP
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Femen activist Alexandra Shevchenko gets seized by policemen outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev.

Foto: Efrem Lukatsky/ AP
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Here, Femen activists condemn the April 27 bomb attacks in the city of Dnipropetrovsk and criticize the security services' preparations for the Euro 2012 soccer championship at the entrance to a metro station in Kiev on May 3.

Foto: GLEB GARANICH/ REUTERS
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The group also protests outside their native Ukraine. Here, a protest at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in the Swiss resort of Davos in January 2012.

Foto: FABRICE COFFRINI/ AFP
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A Ukrainian Femen activist gets dragged away by police during a protest in Istanbul on International Women's Day, March 8, 2012.

Foto: Str/ dpa
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During the Russian presidential election on March 4, Femen tried to seize the ballot box containing Vladimir Putin's vote in Moscow.

Foto: ILYA VARLAMOV/ AFP
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The group is also protesting against the Euro 2012 football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting.

Foto: SERGEI SUPINSKY/ AFP
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A protest against political repression in Kiev (August 2011). Can the naked stunts change anything, or are they just providing images for a sex-obsessed media?

Foto: Sergey Dolzhenko/ dpa
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A protest in Belarus was one of the riskiest the group has done. "The reaction to a nude protest is a measure of freedom in a country," says one Femen activist. "We were not arrested in Switzerland, but we were almost killed in Belarus."

Foto: Tatyana Zenkovich/ dpa
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