When Oksana Shachko co-founded Femen, she thought her organization would liberate women throughout the world. She believed that her fight for women’s liberation would give her life meaning. She felt that this would give her a more fulfilling life than that of a wife and a mother.
On Tuesday, Shachko killed herself at the age of 31 in Paris, France. She leaves behind no offspring, no husband, and no family.
“It is with great regret and deep pain that I must confirm the death of Oksana,” said Inna Shevchenko, who is one of the leaders of Femen.
Another Femen co-founder Anna Gutsol said: “RIP. The most fearless and vulnerable Oksana Shachko has left us. We mourn together with her relatives and friends.”
Shachko was certainly fearless and shameless when it came to showing her bare breasts in the public square. Spreading degeneracy and masquerading it as activism was fun in her 20s when she still had her youth. The thrill of being gawked at by masculine onlookers certainly gave her a thrill. In her 30s though, the biological clock started ticking and the dogma of feminism betrayed her – as it inevitably does to all women.
On their website, Femen described Shachko as “one of the heroines of our time” who will be remembered because she “fought against injustice, fought for equality, fought for herself and for all women as a hero.” That bromide may satisfy the emotions of women in mourning; but in actuality, Shachko’s suicide is a cautionary tale that all women should consider. She embraced a poisonous radical ideology, and it led to degeneracy, depression and then death. Feminism has serious consequences and even can be fatal.