SAO PAULO — Two bare-breasted feminists–clad only in dirty pink panties–faced an indifferent crowd on Avenida Paulista Sunday afternoon, reported Brazilian online media. The pair appeared half-naked and shouting various slogans in front of the Art Museum of São Paulo (MASP) for about 10 minutes, without drawing police attention. The duo protested in favor of decriminalization of abortions and against domestic violence, sexual tourism, and the nation’s Unified Health Service (SUS), among other women’s causes.
The first protest conducted by the newly formed Brazilian chapter of the international feminist group FEMEN, which originated in Ukraine and is known for young women protesting for feminist causes while topless, was largely ignored by passers-by.
Sara and Bruna Themis, both 21, arrived around 1:30 pm and distributed press releases to the reporters who had advance notice of the protest. During the demonstration, the pair brandished placards while repeating “Brazil do not follow the example of Rio” and “Our children, our decisions,” to protest the recent ban by the Regional Council of Medicine of Rio de Janeiro (CREMERJ) of obstetrician’s involvement in residential deliveries.
Although the crowd did not show much interest in the protest, photographers and cameramen surrounded the pair. At one point, the two began to use English “our children, our decisions,” the two chanted. The protest, which began at one end of the museum ended at the opposite, ended suddenly and with indifference of the hundreds of passers-by.
One young man teased the pair as the protest was ending, causing laughter in the crowd but drawing a sharp rebuke from Sara. “Is the striptease over?” he asked. “Come up and show your dick and see how you like it, you son of a bitch,” she responded.
After making their first Brazilian protest on the most important avenue in the country, the group promised to protest soon against public corruption in the national capital, Brasília.