Femen has continued its racist brand of feminism, which puts white women up on a pedestal as the saviors of poor, repressed Muslim women. They ignore the fact that the social problem of misogyny affecting Muslim women is largely cultural, not intrinsic to Islam. The Prophet Muhammad was a staunch defender and promoter of women’s rights. Hundreds of years later, great Muslim women such as Nana Asma’u would rally for educational opportunities when such opportunities were denied to women in the west. But in their parades, Femen holds signs that say things such as “Muslim Women Get Naked,” equating the right to public nudity, immodesty, and lasciviousness with women’s liberation. Yet, they neglected how women in their own western societies are oppressed.
Feminists can learn a lot from Islam. In secular societies, many people live for materialism rather than seeking to increase their spirituality. These hedonistic societies are all about enjoying one’s self, neglecting to balance pleasure with substance. As a result, these societies are hypersexualized, and many women are made to believe that they can only be valued in terms of their sexuality, not their intellect or any other aspect of themselves. People are continually exposed to images of airbrushed, photoshopped women, and rather than encouraging harmony, this sparks competition among women as they all seek to become the unrealistic “ideal” that is relentlessly promoted by the media. Super Bowl advertisements, which is the most watched tv broadcast in America, reach an average of 111 million people—and many of these advertisements feature scantily clad women with body proportions that are simply unattainable without plastic surgery.
According to ‘examiner’.com:
there are hundreds of others who want to fill out their jeans or think that a larger butt will help them land jobs in music videos as well as adult entertainment….many of these women are choosing to forego the high cost of plastic surgery for butt lifts or implants (price tag $4,670 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) for “cheaper” solutions involving having silicone-based home-improvement products injected into their bodies that can end up costing them their lives. 
Many women who are unable to afford professional cosmetic surgery and have low-esteem turn to the black market. The results are disastrous:
The only way for some female celebrities to successfully enter the entertainment industry is to undergo such surgeries as well:
This obsession over reaching an unrealistic sexual ideal has gotten to the point that some women actually have their lower ribs extracted in order to achieve an even thinner waist than would otherwise be possible. In fact, society’s ideal of what a woman’s body should be like is so out of sync with reality that, if a woman had the exact proportions of a Barbie doll—the classic view of a “perfect” woman’s body—she would be physically unable to lift anything or even walk upright due to her anatomical structure.  Entertainers such as Nicki Minaj embrace the “barbie” image and many young women follow. From television to magazines to billboards, the media is continually sending subliminal messages regarding what a woman is “supposed” to look like.
This hypersexualization is a form of oppression, and Femen could work to confront that instead of stripping naked in a sacred mosque, which only serves to encourage the objectification of women—the opposite of their proclaimed cause. Many people of African descent who live in a society in which European standards of beauty are idealized often turn to unhealthy perms,weaves, or skin-lighters. All of this has deleterious impacts on a woman’s health and self-esteem. In a study, a young black female child was given a black doll and white doll then asked which one did she prefer. She picked the white doll and turned away from the black doll. Then she called the black doll “ugly”. When asked which doll looked like her she in a very hesitant manner pointed to the black doll.  Such a phenomenon is the result of a society which promotes eurocentric standards of beauty.
In contrast to the hedonism in society that seeks to exploit men’s desires for women in advertising and other forms of media, Islam seeks to fill its followers’ lives with spirituality and virtue. The Qu’ran states, “The life of men is tempted by love and desire for women, children, the hoarding of treasures of gold and silver, branded horses, wealth of cattle and plantations. These are the comforts for the transitory life of this world; the everlasting best comfort, however, is with Allah.” In modern terms, the materialistic temptations of the world are fancy cars, hefty paychecks, and real estate property. The purpose of this particular selection from the Qu’ran is to assert that one’s existence should not be based upon valuing hedonistic pleasures, but upon valuing spirituality. In Islam, a woman is valued for her spiritual virtue, not her sexuality. Because of this, there is no pressure for women to physically alter their bodies (whether surgically or by dieting) or take other cosmetic measures to become more attractive. The Islamic view of cosmetic plastic surgery is that it is disrespectful because it signifies displeasure with the way that God created one’s body.
The Prophet Muhammad(Peace Be Upon Him) has said, “A Muslim must not hate his wife and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, then let him be pleased with another that is good.” This sums up the attitude that Muslims hold towards beauty: rather than obsessing over any perceived flaws, taking extreme measures to compensate for and correct any imperfections, Muslims are taught to appreciate a woman’s inner beauty and focus on the positive aspects of her instead of comparing her to an impossible standard of beauty.In Islam, a man who is not pleased with his wife’s physical attributes cannot insult her—which would lead to lowering her self-esteem and encouraging her to seek a “cure” for a perceived flaw—but must instead focus on the things that he does like about her. This frees women from being preoccupied with attaining an ideal body, allowing her to instead focus on more important things, such as her spirituality, intellect, talents, etc. Women in Islam dress only to please God, not to follow fashion trends or entice men. There is much more freedom in Islam than Femen admits. Perhaps Femen can learn from these Islamic principles and become educated on how they can truly fight for women’s rights.