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Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World's Most Provocative Activist Group (Kindle Single) by [Tayler, Jeffrey]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2036 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: The Atlantic Books (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HEVK7F6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Jeffrey Tayler's little book seems to be a balanced account of the doings of FEMEN—I have no way to judge other than by his reputation and the tone of the writing. Taylor spent several months with the key characters in FEMEN. The book describes their protests and motivations.It's clear that Tayler is more pro than anti, but he doesn't pull any punches that I could see.
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An engrossing and illuminating book detailing the first few years of femen, the good and the bad. Femen are the SAS of the feminist movement and this book shows how courageous and determined their members are.
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Impossible to put down, written with shocking detail and surprise. This is not feminism as we know it but do much more. I felt like I was reading a the history of the future. Extraordinary lives, that I'm in awe of, albeit not necessarily agreeing with all of Femen's ideas. A must read for all.
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Engaging story of Femen a group that might be otherwise considered too radical or strange to be profiled in mainstream press.
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HASH(0x99a2eee8) out of 5 stars Good analysis of the Femen Movement 1 Mar. 2014
By Jack Quinn - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read several news articles on French news sites about demonstrations held by members of the Femen movement, but I had no real idea of what the movement was about until I saw an advertisement for this ebook in The Atlantic magazine, I decided to check the book out by visiting the Amazon Web site to see what others had to say about it.

I only found two reviews of the book, one strongly positive and one strongly negative. Both seemed to imply that the book was not impartial but rather slanted in favor of the movement, to the delight of one of the reviewers and to the dismay of the other. Nevertheless, I decided to gamble a couple of bucks and purchase the book. I'm glad I did.

Jeffery Tayler is an excellent writer, as one would expect of a contributing editor of The Atlantic, and he does a superb job of describing the Femen movement and its history in a short book that can be read in a few hours. His treatment of the movement is as impartial as one can expect of an author who spent many hours with the movement's members and leadership. On the negative side, he mentions for example, that the movement has been accused of being ruled by the iron fist of its leader, Inna Shevchenko, and of being a dictatorial organization dedicated to fighting dictatorial organizations.

Whatever your opinion of the small, anti-patriarchal Femen movement and its tactics, I highly recommend that you read this ebook if you want to know more about it. This is the only publication that I am aware of that discusses the Femen movement in depth. -- Jack Quinn
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HASH(0x9a20a2f4) out of 5 stars Inspiring story about courage 26 Dec. 2013
By Wade Sikorski - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating book. It is about how a small group of young women found the strength to confront a brutal and corrupt police state, and moved on to create an international movement for social justice. I found their story inspiring. It shows that even in the worst of circumstances (and if Ukraine isn't quite that, you can see what it would be like from there) there are nonviolent ways to draw attention to horrible injustices. Not everyone is going to agree with Femen's tactics, but not everyone has gone through what these young women have. Tayler's book is important, I think, because it makes it possible to understand what it is like to be truly desperate, needing the world to change, but finding no one willing to listen. Tayler's book is about how these remarkable young women nevertheless found a way to make the world listen.
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HASH(0x9a117ce4) out of 5 stars Thought provoking book, not a jeremiad nor hagiography 23 April 2014
By T. G. Cline - Published on Amazon.com
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Tayler's work, while fairly short, seems to be an accurate and balanced look at a controversial sociopolitical movement. It doesn't seem overly effusive with praise, nor in condemnation, and it will definitely hold your attention while you have it in hand.
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HASH(0x99a33750) out of 5 stars A fair and awesome profile 18 Sept. 2014
By Manifesta - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a supporter and follower of Femen. I don't agree with everything they do, but I'm immensely gratified that they're out there, pushing the envelope. I think Tayler has captured both the wonderful and the problematic aspects of Femen, which will help those of us who hope to improve the organization from within. Viva Femen, and kudos to Tayler.
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HASH(0x99a33804) out of 5 stars Emergence of a Protest Movement 29 Mar. 2014
By Carole Sue Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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A well balanced account of the emergence of a protest movement that uses feminine beauty combined with performance art to point a finger at abuses of power.
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