First, for non-French readers, who is Serge Blisko and what is Miviludes?
Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires = MIVILUDES.
MIVILUDES (an acronym for the French-language phrase Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires, i.e. "Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combatting Cultic Deviances"), a French government agency, has the task of:
- observing and analyzing movements perceived as constituting a threat to public order or that violate French law
- coordinating the appropriate response
- informing the public about potential risks
- helping victims to receive aid
So, if Femen is a threat to public order or violates French law, if it needs an appropriate response, if public needs to be informed about the risks, if a victim needs to receive any aid, MIVILUDES should be in the forefront.
Serge Blisko is a medical doctor, he is chairman of the supervision of the hospital of Sainte Anne (a mental hospital), so, more or less basically, he is a shrink.* He is since 2012 chairman of MIVILUDES.
Before looking him up, I did not know he was involved in 13th borough of Paris, but he is.
It is heavily against the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) as supposedly just part and parcel of the Scientologist Sect. Never mind they are very Voltairean themselves and Scientology is, if any religious position, Voltairean, Tolerancians, never mind Sophrology is popular in Paris, when the Scientologist "alternative to psychiatry", Dianetics, is also a kind of Hypnotherapy. Above all, never mind that CCHR has a scope well beyond dianetics or scientology, even if there is a link. To the 13th Borough of Paris, CCHR is simply a sect.
And Serge Blisko is part of its borough council, and as a shrink at Sainte Anne, one of the people criticised by CCHR.
Now, he was asked, after Femen had committed some illegal acts and raised some tumult whether Femen was a "dérive sectaire". Not whether it was a "secte", but whether it was a "dérive sectaire". A Cultic Deviance.
He answered, no, since it was easy to quit Femen.
Well, duh, Femen is to radical feminism what Greenpeace is to radical environmentalism - a group of action. It is hard work, sure one can leave it if one is tired. The question is whether the ideology behind these action groups are sectarian. On the topic of leaving, it is more appropriate to ask whether a Greenpeace member can cease being a radical environmentalist without being harrassed, or whether a Femen member can leave radical feminism, without being harrassed.
But there are other topics than that of leaving.
Here is an Ex-Femen, who disagrees with Serge Blisko:
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And here is what she had to say:
The movement left her disillusioned in many ways. “I think Femen is a really big illusion,” she said. “When you see them in the pictures, they seems really courageous, like goddesses, and when we met it was different: normal girls, nothing special, mean girls, who call other girls ugly and fat.”
As time went on, she was left with unanswered questions about the organization, such as “where the money came from, who pays them to make these protests. Here, I spent all my own money to represent the project and never received more than $100 in three years.”
More disturbingly, perhaps, the organization took on cult-like qualities. The leaders are “interested only in making all women the same,” she charged. “We are not allowed to think outside the feminist box. If we do they would humiliate us. They humiliate religious women — Catholic, Protestant or Muslim. We are not allowed to have religion. We are not allowed to be straight.”
Giromin said she was “forced into this leftist ideology: you need to be lesbian or bisexual because if you are straight, no one will pay attention to your problems. They would say, ‘I don’t care if you are raped. You are religious and your religion raped a lot of women.’”
She said she quit when she realized that followers are not really allowed to help other women. “The moment my child was born, I decided to go public and saw I am no longer a feminist because I don’t believe in abortion. I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ.”
So, if she*** is right - and as an ex-member she should know a bit better than Blisko - then Blisko was wrong.
Femen may not be a sect or a cult, but it is a sectarian phenomenon or a "cultic deviance" as "dérive sectaire" is translated.
Could Blisko be biassed?
Well, he is after all a Socialist. He missed the chance to become borough mayor for 13th borough** because his party, Socialists, PS, had a deal with the Greens, EELV, to give that borough to EELV.
And Socialists are not world famous for being good friends of Christian Orthodoxy, and they are a bit infamous (not just a bit, perhaps) for being for the causes dear to Femen, feminism, access to abortion, gay rights.
Hans Georg Lundahl
St Maria Goretti
* Actually the full list of specialities involves some less superstitious than psychiatry. The French wiki has "spécialisé en psychiatrie, neurologie, neurochirurgie, neuroimagerie et addictologie." Of these, psychiatry and addictology are currently extremely sectarian phenomena and superstitions. ** Again - he had previously been so. *** You can also go to her own site, especially if you know Brazilian Portuguese: