Liberalism Unveiled: FEMEN-Muslim Women Debate and the Question of Freedom

2019-09-01
In 2013, Ukraine-based feminist group FEMEN staged several protests around Europe in support of Amina Tyler, a Tunisian FEMEN activist receiving death threats for posting nude photographs of her online with social messages written on her body. Following these protests, a group of women who call themselves Muslim Women against FEMEN released a an open letter criticizing the discourse FEMEN used in these protests, which they found to be white colonialist and Islamophobic. In this paper, the author examines the discursive strategies put forth by the two sides of the debate, suggesting that undergirding both is a shared framework of liberalism. Exploring the shortcomings of liberalism as drawn on by both positions, the author attempts to rethink what “freedom” might mean for international feminist alliances across differences.
Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Womens Studies

Suggestions

Feminist solidarity: possibility of feminism in solidarity practices
Astarcıoğlu Bilginer, Sibel; Ecevit, Fatma Yıldız; Department of Sociology (2009)
In this study, possibility of establishing feminist solidarity, sustained and based on feminist politics in Turkey is examined. Commonality discourse, the notion of sisterhood and identity politics, creating illusionary homogeneity are criticized of being exclusionary and limiting. Contemporary accounts of feminist solidarity are investigated in order to find a way out for establishing solidarity across difference. However, it is seen that these contemporary approaches are far from designating a driving for...
Collective identity in feminist alternative new media: the case of 5harfliler.com .
Acar, Ezg; İbrahimhakkıoğlu, Fulden; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2020)
This thesis assesses 5harfliler.com, a feminist alternative new media product, in terms of its construction of a collective identity. The focus will be on the construction of the collective identity in the feminist alternative new media opposing the major discourses in power and the property of the collective identity being positioned in a discursive framework. This research indicates the applicability of the theories on collective identity construction to the feminist alternative new media. It raises the q...
Party Politics of the AKP (2002-2007) and the Predicaments of Women at the Intersection of the Westernist, Islamist and Feminist Discourses in Turkey
Ayata, Ayşe (2008-01-01)
Celebrating the World Women's Day and initiating a conference for promoting Turkey's integration to Europe on the one hand, and discussing the discrimination against women on the ground of human rights and even harbouring the radical protest from left-wing as well as the Islamist women on the other, the women auxiliaries of AKP (Adalet ve Kalkmma Partisi, Justice and Development Party) seemingly position themselves at the very intersection of various political discourses including Westernism, feminism, libe...
Civil society and state relations in Turkey: Opposing trajectories of two Islamist women's civil society organizations
Keysan, Asuman Ozgur; Özdemir, Zelal (Informa UK Limited, 2020-07-01)
The Islamic women's civil society organizations (CSOs) in Turkey entered a new phase with the lifting of the headscarf ban, which had long been the focus of Islamic women's activism against authoritarian gender policies in the country. Based on research conducted in 2012 and 2018 on two Islamist women's CSOs that have been active here during the last two decades, AKDER (Women's Rights Organization against Discrimination) and BKP (Capital City Women's Platform Association), this paper aims to understand thes...
Challenging religious and Secularist Patriarchy Islamist Women s New Activism in Turkey
Aslan Akman, Canan (2011-01-01)
Since the late 1990s, following the state’s process of de-politicization and exclusion, educated Islamist women in the urban centers of Turkey have been active in raising Muslim women’s identity consciousness and generating solidarity with those affected by the headscarf ban. In the women’s organizations analyzed in this article, Islamist women are carving out a niche to challenge both secularist and Islamist patriarchal practices and discourse. This article contends that organized Islamist women have becom...
Citation Formats
F. İbrahimhakkıoğlu, “Liberalism Unveiled: FEMEN-Muslim Women Debate and the Question of Freedom,” Kadın/Woman 2000, Journal for Womens Studies, pp. 29–42, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/46679.