Respect us! We’re not fair game, even when we are naked!!!
Swiss artist and graduate psychologist Milo Moiré staged a protest over Cologne sex attacks. The artivist stood naked in front of the iconic Cologne Cathedral in support of women’s rights after more than 100 women reported that they were sexually assaulted in the German city on New Year’s Eve.
During her protest Moire held a sign reading “Respect us! We’re not fair game, even when we are naked.” Speaking to press Moire said that “as a woman I want to give an example that women shouldn’t hide away, they should lift themselves up, be self-confident and stand up for their values.” Her protest over Cologne sex attacks has became a global message.
She uses her art to protest against violence on women and to empower them: “As a woman I want to give an example that women shouldn’t hide away, they should lift themselves up, be self-confident and stand up for their values. And it is also an outcry that, I don’t let others decide what I should and shouldn’t do as a woman, but rather, that it is self-evident that the fifty year-long work of emancipated women means that I can have the life that I want, in liberty. That is why I am standing here today.”
“I think that, in this context (the NYE events), every day actions cannot be precise enough, for this reason I’m now naked. My main message is also that I am firmly convinced that women will no longer be considered fair game when people show the same respect for a naked woman as for a covered woman.”
Moiré concluded by saying: “I have a zero tolerance, what happened and how we deal with it. I felt concerned immediately. It was my first explicitly political statement. I am a human, I am a woman, I am an artist, I am a psychologist, I am a European citizen. I want to preserve the values and fight to ensure that they are preserved, we can not take a step backwards. Women should maintain their attitude and not be intimidated and stand up for their freedom. And on the other hand, it is the job of politicians to take action now, so that does not happen again. Thus women continue to live in freedom.”