Lifestyle: Swiss artist asks people to stroke her vagina & breasts in public

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Milo Moiré is a Swiss conceptual and performance artist, painter, and psychologist, according to her (slightly NSFW) site.

She was also arrested last week in London after asking passersby to stroke her breasts and vagina — which were covered by an opaque, mirrored box with an appropriately placed hole — in the name of consent and female sexuality.

Moiré told DAZED her piece (called “Mirror Box”) was meant to be a follow-up to the one she performed after more than 1,000 women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany. That time, she stood naked in the city holding a sign that read “‘Respect Us! We are not fair game even when naked!!!”

Though she didn’t explain whether or not the performance was pegged to a specific event, this past week, she stood in public areas and announced through a megaphone: “I am standing here today for women’s rights and sexual self-determination. Women have a sexuality, just like men have one. However, women decide for themselves when and how they want to be touched, and when they don’t.” She then invited people to touch her for 30-second periods each.

She’d performed an identical routine in Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, where, while she provoked crowds and police told her the megaphone was too loud, she was not stopped. In London, though, she’d only just began her performance before she was arrested, DAZED reports. She also spent the night in jail and was given a “4-digit fine.”

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