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This Artist Is Inviting Strangers To Grope Her In Public. Here’s Why.

’Women decide for themselves when and how they want to be touched.’

For women around the world, sexual harassment is a daily part of life. Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré is challenging some of those misogonystic norms by showing how women can own their sexuality in powerful ways.


In a controversial move, Moiré’s latest creation, “Mirror Box,” involves inviting strangers – men, women, anyone, to fondle her breasts and touch her vagina, both of which are concealed behind mirrored boxes.

"I am standing here today for women's rights and sexual self-determination,” Moiré said during her performance. “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.”

In an interview with ATTN, Moiré said a number of women took part in the demonstration but acknowledged that men more freely were willing to participate. “There are rules. During my performance, for instance, people who put their hands in the box have to look me in the eyes, there has to be interaction,” she said.

“Through the eye contact and the feedback I could see the people, but make it clear what I like, and that is a natural act. People have always been very respectful — I’ve never had to give negative feedback.”

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