What, you didn’t know that today had been declared an international day of breast-baring by Femen, the world’s most photogenic feminist activist group? Protests were staged outside mosques and Tunisian embassies across Europe today in support of Amina Tyler, the 19-year-old who posted a picture of herself online, topless and smoking, with “My body belongs to me, and is not the source of anyone’s honor” written across her torso. (Has it been seared into your brain yet?) Tyler has not been heard from since a Tunisian newspaper printed a preacher calling for her to be punished according to Sharia law and stoned to death. A lawyer for her family insists that she is at home and safe, but Femen leaders say she has been institutionalized. “Use your body as a poster for the slogans of freedom,” the Ukraine-based group said in a statement. “Bare breasts against Islamism.” And watch out for ornery old French men.
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