Portland Protester ‘Naked Athena’ Showed The Police Her Version of Vulnerability

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • In Portland, Oregon, one female demonstrator marched in front of police officers, wearing nothing but her mask and hat.
  • The demonstrator wanted to illustrate to police officers what her “version of vulnerability looks like.”
  • The police officers were dumbfounded after the nude female demonstrator started her performance of what appeared to be yoga and ballet poses.

“Naked Athena” left people dumbfounded after the female demonstrator marched down the streets, in the nude. The female demonstrator is seen sitting on the sidewalk and participating in street protests, demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism in Portland, Oregon. 

The demonstrator introduced herself as “Jen” during an interview for a podcast, identified herself as a sex worker in her 30s, which made activities similar to mentioned exhibition common for her, Willamette Week reported on Sunday.

“I’m a sex worker. My nakedness is political and it is my expression,” she said.

Earlier this month, she made headlines for the public exhibition in between police officers, federal law enforcement officers and other protesters.

“Baring it all was “Really calm and terrifying at the same time,” she said. “It’s like being in the eye of the storm.”

The demonstrator said that this exhibition was without preparation. She decided on this after feeling “provoked and fired up” after police officers arrived on the location, standing “like they’re warriors, and they’re not,” she described.

“This fury arose in me… and I said I want to be naked, I want to confront them,” she said on the podcast.

Her partner supported her decision and collected her clothes as she went in a doorway and “took everything off, except for my mask and my hat because it’s cold,” she recalled.

The exhibition was recorded in video and several photographs, which are posted on social media. In the video, the female demonstrator is seen pacing on the sidewalk, then started a public performance of what appeared to be yoga and ballet poses.

She explained that this performance was the illustration of what her “version of vulnerability looks like.” She continued. “None of these people have weapons. Empty their pockets, take off their clothes—nobody has weapons here,” she said. “I just wanted them to see what they’re shooting at.”

Source: New York Post

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