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So The New Yorker has a story online about that Amina Tyler, the topless Tunisian teenage feminist Facebook activist. [Toplessness follows after the jump.]


Because Ms. Tyler’s feminist protest involved the posting of topless photos to Facebook, The New Yorker helpfully included the photo in question. But here’s the funny thing: they blurred out both the woman’s breasts and the word “fuck.”

Why is this funny? Because they don’t actually have a problem with the word “fuck,” and because they don’t have a problem with exposed nipples, at least not when Richard Avedon does the camera work:


Weird, right?


  1. The Duffer says

    And femen rhymes with…?

    Seriously, I’ve never heard of a less productive protest method.

  2. It was also important to get Dawkins’ seal of approval – after all, we can’t have the world thinking feministas might actually be God-fearing.


  3. Also, with a cartoon, it’s, well, different.


  4. notrelatedtoted says

    Your post made me think of this:

    Didn’t read the article, but I don’t get it. I mean, I get what the message is, but I don’t get how it’s supposed to be effective.

    • Matthew Lickona says

      Judging from Putin’s expression in that photo, I’d say the protest was having quite an effect.

      • notrelatedtoted says

        Right, but probably not the intended effect. But then again, I’m not really sure anymore. Same-sex marriage. Topless Muslim women. Then, yesterday, I got invited to a baby shower. I’m only 38, and to quote Garth Brooks, much too young to feel this damn old.

        • The Duffer says

          Not to get discriminatory on y’all, but when did men start getting invited to baby showers?

          • notrelatedtoted says

            Apparently just now. With confusion as to the roles of men and women, comes uncertainty as to who you invite to these things. To make matters worse, or maybe better, it was an office baby shower. I suppose some brand of equal opportunity and all that.

      • I’m wondering if maybe you could expand on the Putin point a little bit, Matthew…

  5. Also, not to get discriminatory on y’all, but let’s admit it – there’s Stephanie Seymour breasts and there’s Femen breasts – and never the twain shall – well, you know.


    • The Duffer says

      Stephanie Seymour is SO Victoria’s Secret catalog circa 1994. I’m sure they are by now very similar to femen breasts.

    • Quin Finnegan says

      Seriously, Job, Seymour’s got nothing on Carol Landis. Either get with the times, or forget them altogether!

      • Duffer, Quin,

        The times have not been good for Ms. Seymour, I’m sure.

        But isn’t that Ms. Seymour in the NYer pic Matthew cites as exhibit A (and B, I was going to say, but I see B is hidden from view, isn’t it?)? Maybe I’m confusing this pic with another Avedon photo shoot-cum-breasts which the NYer ran at one point.


        • Matthew Lickona says

          “PORTFOLIO: A FABLE, which is a twenty-five page color photography spread showing model Nadja Auermann posed with a skeleton, both wearing different outfits by a variety of designers (des:). Credits for the photographs appear on page 183. The fable begins with Auermann holding a doll and the skeleton sitting. The background environment throughout the photo spread is shabby. Des: Jean Paul Gaultier, Romeo Gigli, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, Early Halloween… Auermann and skeleton having sex in doorway; des: Issey Miyake. Skeleton painting; Auermann’s face painted blue; des: Lawler Duffy, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garcons. Auermann shoveling coal into the skeleton’s torso; des: Jean Colonna. Auermann nude wearing net dress, lying on metal love seat; des: Hussein Chalayan, Love seat, Buzz Scrap Metal, East Hampton…”

  6. The Duffer says

    To answer the original question, it IS weird that they’d block out the “offensive” parts on this picture alone. It’s like they’ve made a judgement on her or something.

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