Topless Ukrainian protest organization Femen plans actions that will translate into media-friendly images. If you are planning a sextremist stunt, make sure you can strip fast enough to be photographed before security comes running, and grab the right props so that the cameras won’t miss you.
1. SET A BARBIE ON FIRE
In May 2013, Femen protested in front of a giant Barbie dollhouse in Berlin, Germany, in which girls can cook in a pink kitchen and play with make-up. To criticize those gender stereotypes, the protestors crucified a Barbie and set her on fire.
2. WEAR A DILDO
In Germany, three Femen activists marched through Hamburg’s red-light district making the Nazi salute in June 2010. To make clear that they were comparing sex slavery to fascism, they also wore plastic penises and Hitler moustaches.
3. SPRAY "HOLY SPERM"
In November 2012, Femen penetrated an anti- gay-marriage protest in Paris, France, carrying spray bottles full of a milky liquid. Dressed as nuns from the head up, they sprayed the conservative Catholic protesters with the “holy sperm.”
4. DECORATE YOUR BODY
Your body is your best prop. Always wear a flower wreath, which in Ukrainian culture symbolizes a young, unmarried woman. And write your protest message on your breasts: it won’t go unnoticed.
Photo: Dale Carruthers / Sun media
In August 2009, residents of Sarnia, Canada, mooned the sky to protest a balloon-suspended US surveillance camera that had been floating just across the border in Michigan, USA. Unfortunately, the camera itself was not in the air that day.
In September 2011, students “planked” in a busy intersection of Manila, Philippines, to support a strike of municipal transportation
workers. Following the protest, Winnie Castelo, a Filipino congressional representative, filed the Anti-planking Act of 2011.
Photo: Jorge Abrego / EPA
3. BURY YOURSELF
To protest the delay of a governmental food subsidy in December 2012, inmates inside El Abra prison in Cochabamba, Bolivia, revived one of Colombia’s most popular protest methods: they buried themselves up to the neck.
In January 2013, construction workers in Wuhan, China, danced “Gangnam style” in front of a nightclub they had built. Their dance was a response to the back wages they were owed for their labor, equivalent to US$37,500.
From the pages of COLORS #88 - Protest.