The protester squeezed the sculpture’s “huevos” before she could be escorted out.
Women aren’t only protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. this week. At least one activist in Madrid is baring witness.
On Tuesday, a topless protester from the international feminist group FEMEN crashed the unveiling of a new statue of the president-elect at the city’s waxwork museum—much to the horror of its communications director Gonzalo Presa. “If they want to do this they should do it directly to him,” he lamented.
Emblazoned in black grease across the woman’s back were the words “GRAB PATRIARCHY BY THE BALLS,” a clear reference to the explosive 2005 Hollywood Access tape leaked in October.
FEMEN draws attention to gender inequalities through “sextremism,” which the movement’s website describes as “female sexuality rebelling against patriarchy, embodied in extremal political direct action events.” Members aim “to destruct the patriarchal understanding of the destination of female sexuality” in the service of a “great revolutionary mission.”
According to FEMEN, the statue took at least three days to create. It took several minutes—and staff members—to restrain the activist.