FEMEN, high-profile feminist activists with a topless touch
Ukrainean feminist protest group FEMEN has risen to a peculiar brand of fame (and infamy) with their high-profile demonstrations against big oil, rigged elections, sex tourism, mail-order bride agencies, and more. Simultaneously admired and reviled by other feminist organizations, their demonstrations frequently involve FEMEN members, mostly university students between 18-20 years old, protesting topless. FEMEN opponents accuse the group of being linked to foreign intelligence agencies, with one Ukrainean leader going as far as claiming that FEMEN was being funded by Russian president Vladimir Putin, despite the group having protested against Putin frequently. A FEMEN leader, Anna Hutsol, explains their philosophy of topless protesting by saying, "Topless protests are probably the strongest and most effective form of peaceful and nonviolent protests to attract attention."