Topless feminists protested at a museum after a young woman says she was barred from entering because she was showing too much cleavage.
Roughly 20 FEMEN activists staged the topless demonstration chanting that their breasts “are not obscene” on Sunday after the incident at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
The protest was staged to show support for a student, named in local media as Jeanne, who was barred from entering the museum because the dress she was wearing was deemed too revealing.
Images of the protest were shared by FEMEN France on Twitter, as FEMEN said: “The obscenity is in your eyes!
“About 20 Femen activists took a topless tour of the Orsay Museum today.
“Stop the sexualisation of women’s bodies!”
The activists stated their “torso is not obscene and that we support Jeanne and all women who are the victims of sexist discrimination.”
Their show of force came after Jeanne published an open letter on social media explaining how much she felt “discriminated against” on the basis of “sexist dynamics” by the museum’s security personnel who prevented her from entering.
The refusal sparked a strong controversy and a lot of media attention.
Jeanne told the Daily Star: “Arriving at the entrance of the museum, I do not have time to take out my ticket, as the sight of my breasts shocks an agent in charge of controlling reservations.
“It was my cleavage which was the problem.”
Describing her dress, Jeanne said: “I wore it all summer. I feel good wearing it and it’s pretty.
“I am not just my breasts, I am not just a body.”
The Musée d’Orsay, on the Left Bank of the River Seine opposite the Louvre, issued a press release on Wednesday saying it “deeply regrets this incident”.
It apologised to Jeanne and said a receptionist had been spoken to about his behaviour.