Founder of Femen Brazil now makes war on feminism
Sara Fernanda Giromin discovers motherhood and happiness.
Sara Fernanda Giromin with her baby.
When the shrieking harpies of Femen burst into news bulletins a few years ago wearing only paint on their torsos as they made war on patriarchy and homophobia across Europe, a 20-year-old Brazilian woman was mightily impressed.
Sara Fernanda Giromin had grown up with a father who bullied her mother. By the age of 14 she had cut loose from the Catholic Church. She became involved in prostitution, no doubt leading to confrontations with the police. So when she saw these fearless feminists battling it out with the frontline of the male patriarchy she thought, I want to do that.
That, according to one account she has given of herself, is how she became Sara Winter, the face of radical feminism in Brazil. After a brief period of training in the Ukraine in 2012 she got a Femen group together in Rio de Janiero and they launched the movement’s trademark topless protests against the Church and other social institutions.
The following year she left Femen, denouncing it as a “business” (one that did not even reimburse her for expenses incurred in organising her protests), but continued down the activist path with Bastardxs, a feminist group that includes both men and women.
Recently, however, Ms Giromin has done a complete about-turn, repudiating all forms of feminism and talking about the joy of motherhood as she dandles a 3-month-old baby on her lap. She also talks about returning to the Christian faith and working with the pro-life movement. She deeply regrets having her first child aborted and “asks forgiveness” for her abortion.
She is also asking Christians to forgive her for a stunt of January 2014 when she engaged in a same-sex kiss with another topless woman in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in Rio de Janiero, and similar offensive acts. “We went way too far and ended up offending many religious and non-religious people,” she says in a YouTube video.
Sara Giromin was a wounded adolescent when she knocked on the door of Femen. It seems that she was looking for some kind of support after the experiences of her childhood and prostitution. But it turned out that nobody in that group or the other she joined really cared about her personal problems. Instead she felt coerced into adopting the movement’s sexual culture. As she writes in a book with the colourful title, Bitch, No! Seven Times I Was Betrayed by Feminism,
“Lesbian and bisexual women have much more voice and respect within the movement, so in the search for recognition of my struggle, with each day that passed, I deconstructed my heterosexuality and was substituting it with an artificial bisexuality.”Elsewhere she elaborates:
“For the feminist sect, women are not the inspiration, they are prime matter in the worst sense of the term. They are convenient objects useful for the purpose of inflaming hatred against the Christian religion, hatred against men, hatred against the beauty of women, hatred against the equilibrium of families.Her experience is, of course, with an extreme form of feminism but it is extremists who are driving the human rights agenda today.
“That’s what feminism is, and I can guarantee it is like that because I was on the inside!
“I saw the feminist movement cover up for PAEDOPHILES.
“I saw the feminist movement PERSECUTE WOMEN ... I am a witness to the fact that today in the feminist movement women are not of any importance but serve as fuel for the fires of hatred that the feminist sect cannot allow to die.”
Ms Giromin speaks of the fundamental negativity and anarchism of a gender rights movement that doesn’t even believe in men and women. It has nothing to do with equality between the sexes, and everything to do with deconstructing and reducing sexuality to mere hedonism. There is no respect for human nature or even society, just the assertion of an absolute right to self expression driven purely by will. This is where the gender agenda is heading.
But the young Brazilian also rejects mainstream feminism, saying that it harms women by encouraging promiscuity, birth control and abortion. She is perceptive about that too, since contraception and abortion prepared the way for the sexual anarchy now undermining marriage and the family.
Becoming a mother has changed a lot. She wrote in October:
“Yesterday marked one month after the birth of my baby and my life has taken on a new meaning. I am writing this while he [sic] sleeps serenely on my lap. It is the greatest sensation in the world.”It has given her both the perspective and courage to speak out.
At 23, she is lucky to have seen through the whole ghastly mess of the sexual revolution and embrace a life-affirming alternative. She has teamed up with a Christian psychologist, Marisa Lobo, to give talks against feminism, gender ideology and cultural Marxism. She says:
“I left that movement of which for four years I was one of the principal symbols in Brazil, and no one can say the contrary!” she writes. “The result? Today I’m much happier and I’m able to help women more.”It is too soon to say how thorough her conversion is, but Sara Fernanda Giromin is certainly a woman to watch
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WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016
A few weeks before I knew I was pregnant, something felt different. I avoided soft cheese when offered, just in case. And I continued to wonder whether maybe, just maybe, there might be a special little life growing inside of me.
When I did take the at-home pregnancy test, my husband and I both cried and laughed with joy. We were parents! After seeing a doctor the next day to confirm, we orchestrated a set-up for our families to come over the following week and kept our mouths shut until announcing the news then. Who would have known that this “bunch of cells” inside of me could cause so much jumping and shouting and so many happy tears?
On the other hand, who knew that this tiny thing could also change my body and my life so much? I guess I had never before paid proper attention to pregnant mothers in their first trimesters, but as it turns out, babies make an impact long before they’re born. I couldn’t eat what I normally liked and lost my appetite a lot of the time, I was absolutely exhausted, being on the go for too long made me queasy, I could smell anything whether it was a mile away or cooked in my house a week before, scents I used to like now horrified me, and there was a constant metallic taste in my mouth. But would I change any of it? Not for the world - it’s all so worth it!
I also grew in a feeling of responsibility towards our tiny person – everything I do at the moment can affect it. What I eat, how I sleep, what activities I partake in, how I’m feeling. It’s probably a small taste of the responsibility I’ll feel when our child is born – the duty to bring it up to be healthy, happy and a good person.
We may have only been married for a few months now but my first-trimester symptoms proved to me even more that I had chosen a good husband. I was sick and worn out but I didn’t have to worry about my share of the household duties – his already protective nature ramped up and he’s been looking after me, making me rest and cooking for me (after his full day of work and post-work activities, even when it was I who generally gets home first). And although this was so tiring for him, I’m so impressed that he’s still willing to stick to our dreams of a big family.
We experienced our first ultrasound at nine weeks, and we just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. How can anyone say that a fetus isn’t a human being until it leaves the womb? We could already see our little one’s arms and legs moving around, the tiny heart beating, and could even see the way it rested in a holiday-esque style with its arms behind its head. What a little miracle!
I look at my mother, after nine pregnancies, with new and admiring eyes. My mother-in-law, my aunties, my friends – even mothers and pregnant women I see on the street: I applaud them all. How impressive for women to carry on, working, living, loving, while dealing with the often uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy.
But even amongst all the “weakness” of the symptoms I’m experiencing, I feel strong. I feel in awe that my body can support the growth of a child and will know how to nourish it once it’s born. Sure, my body might never be the same again, the worry will set in and I might never have another good night’s sleep – but for now my skin’s glowing, I get to carry my child around with me all the time, and life is full of the excitement of wondering what our baby will be like. How cool is that?!
Today we have the stories of two mothers. The difference in their life experiences could hardly be greater but they share the unique joy of women confronting the miracle of new life within them, or in their arms. MercatorNet especially congratulates Family Edge editor Tamara El-Rahi and her husband Nadim on becoming parents and thank Tamara for sharing with us frankly the ups and downs of early pregnancy. With her we applaud all mothers, who bear the cost as well as the joy of bringing a child into the world.
There's also a great video on the front page about a woman disabled by polio back in one of the historic epidemics. Inspiring stuff!
|Founder of Femen Brazil now makes war on feminism|
Carolyn Moynihan | FEATURES | 6 January 2016
Sara Fernanda Giromin discovers motherhood and happiness.
|Pregnancy: an everyday miracle|
Tamara El-Rahi | FAMILY EDGE | 6 January 2016
First impressions of having a baby on the way!
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