Marian J. Rubchak

is a Senior Research Professor of History at Valparaiso University (Indiana, USA). Her work focuses on Slavic identity, feminism and gender issues in eastern Europe. She is editor of the anthology, Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Ukraine (2011).


The charge of the pink brigade

FEMEN and the campaign for gender justice in Ukraine

Is FEMEN the precursor of a bold new protest pattern, asks Marian Rubchak, or has it been reduced to an organization of exhibitionists? As long as gender injustices multiply in Ukraine, the strength of FEMEN’s message remains undiminished: for the present, semi-nudity could be the most viable means of generating public dialogue on women’s rights.

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