Naked protests have become a popular tool to advance the plight of women who are victims of sexual crimes - but just how effective are they in sparking the intended conversation? In November, when Phindile Nkumah stood before President Cyril Ramaphosa and removed her clothes, it was an emotional moment that hammered home the reality of the physical scars of sexual abuse - and that recovery is a lifelong struggle. Nkumah spoke at the Gender-Based Violence and Femicide Summit in Tswane, where women shared stories of abuse at the hands of men. SowetanLIVE reported that Nkumah was raped by a gang of eight men, who told her they would get away with it - and they did, for five years, before they were eventually convicted and sentenced.
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Activism laid bare: a quick history of naked protests
Nudity is sometimes used as a tactic during a protest to attract public attention to a cause , and sometimes promotion of public nudity is itself the objective of a nude protest. The tactic has been used by other groups later in the century, especially after the s. Like public nudity in general, cultural and legal acceptance of nudity as a tactic in protest also varies around the world. Some opponents of any public nudity claim that it is indecent especially when it can be viewed by children; while others argue that it is a legitimate form of expression covered by the right to free speech.
We're on their trail, and we've got many fresh leads to chase down — please support our work. How do we reconcile the need to defend free expression with the ambiguities of using nude women to market feminism? Last month Amina Tyler, a 19 year old Tunisian blogger, posted a nude photo of herself as a protest; she is now under death threat. In her defense, the Ukrainian group Femen staged a global "topless jihad" on April 4, causing widespread debate about nude protests, freedom of expression, and Femen's politics.