Recently, streaking and naked demonstrations have increased in popularity in China. The benefits are clear, as having pictures of naked women (and to a much, much lesser extent men) is a pretty solid way to get attention for your cause. It’s also a more peaceful form of expression that can gain sympathy from the public.

I’d gladly take my political messages from a few people who are standing naked in a park rather than say… driving around shouting through a megaphone while blasting patriotic music at full volume. On the flipside, naked protests also carry the risk of the message getting lost in a sea of people shouting, “Hey! Boobs!”

It’s a dilemma that sociologists aim to tackle at the 18th symposium of Politica…“Hey! Boobs!”

These particular boobs belong to four women aged 65, 66, 68, and 73. Sorry to dupe you like this but since you’ve already come this far, might as well listen to their story. Like other naked protest photos this one has made the rounds through China’s social networks like Sina Weibo and websites.

It shows the small band of ladies stripping down to their birthday suits with writing all over their bodies. According to various websites such as Siyibao.org they also set up placards at their protest site outside the US Embassy in Beijing, one of which featured a Chinese character referring to “injustice.”

This apparently wasn’t the first time either, as Sina Weibo users and other bloggers reported seeing them at other times and places such as the Tiananmen Square anniversary. In these instances they have also been seen getting taken away by police.

Two of the women in the photo can be seen with writing on various parts of their body some of which reads various wordings of their general message: “Get rid of corrupt officials!” However, according to reports from Siyibao and the Wall Street Journal there are some more personal grievances as well:

“My daughter Guo Hailing was framed for blackmailing the government and arrested by corrupt politicians. My granddaughter was raped on her way home.”

“My son Yang Jinde was sentenced to 18 years in prison for only making a petition to relieve pain. His body became crippled after he was tortured and forced to confess.”

Beyond what was reportedly written on their bodies, there isn’t much else to support their stories. However, the mere fact that they traveled all the way from Xinyang, Henan to Beijing to strip down in public and get their message out is certainly a testament to their conviction.

A vast majority of the comments online seemed to be about the women themselves rather than what they had to say. Still, perhaps with the support of others who have been wronged by corruption in government the movement will gain ground so that their message becomes louder than the bodies they’re scrawled on. Then one day families might not have to deal with what they went through.

Source: NTDTV (Chinese), The Wall Street Journal via Kinisoku (Japanese)
Image: Twitter (NSFW)

According to NTDTV these were plain-clothed officers placing blue cloths over the women before taking them away