In what was perhaps the best display of politically-motivated nudity since Eric Forman streaked in front of the President on That '70s Show, three topless Ukrainian women were arrested in Davos, Switzerland this year, after trying to break into the complex where this year's World Economic Forum was held. Holding banners that read "Crisis! Made in Davos" and "Poor because of you," the women protested in the freezing cold outside the gathering of the world's wealthiest CEOs and political leaders, until they were arrested for attempting to climb a fence at the entrance of the complex.
The activists are from a protest group called FEMEN, an organization based in Kiev that is primarily made up of women. The group, which was founded in 2008, initially focused their efforts on protesting sex tourism and prostitution in the Ukraine; however, FEMEN eventually gained worldwide attention for staging topless protests against a wide range of issues in other countries as well. On Saturday, the activists were one of many protest groups at Davos speaking out against global economic inequality. "We came here to Switzerland to Davos to explain the position of all poor people of the world, to explain that we are poor because of these rich people that now sit in the building," protester Inna Schewcenko explained.
The group is largely comprised of attractive, Ukrainian female college students between the ages of eighteen and twenty, and many Ukrainian citizens are critical of FEMEN's "outright tasteless" and "meaningless" protest tactics. To me the issue with FEMEN is that there doesn't appear to be a dude equivalent, so gay men and straight ladies like myself have less incentive to attend, say, anti-fracking actions, if the prospect of male nudity is out of the cards. To quote Bob Dylan's timeless activist anthem, how many roads must a girl walk down before she can see swinging peen? The answer, my friends, is literally blowin' in the wind.