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All of my wildest dreams just came true. Hillary Clinton and Pussy Riot have united and will now take the world by storm.  Okay, maybe they aren’t plotting world domination, but at least they have met and are now definitely friends. The controversial Russian pop duo Pussy Riot posed with Clinton backstage at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit last week, and it renewed my faith in humanity.  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of ... Read More
  And the latest socially-conscious time-waster on the interwebz is...Putin's Gay Dress-Up. In protest of Russia's highly disturbing "anti-gay propaganda" legislation, one website has taken the fight for equality to the mannequins. PGD-U creators "want to make a playful stand against homosexual discrimination and legal actions taken under the regional anti-LGBT propaganda laws." All vocal opponents to Russia's policy are invited to make a doll, spread it ... Read More
It’s no secret that the members of Pussy Riot have not been warmly welcomed back into Russia. The absolutely repulsive video footage of members being attacked with whips and pepper spray has gone viral over the past couple of days. Earlier today though, in Sochi, a press conference held by Pussy Riot in collaboration with Cinema For Peace and The Voice Project (organizations that utilize the powers of film and music to create and encourage ... Read More
Excited to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the next weeks, the Russian team released a new campaign consisting of photographs meant to entice viewers with only the "most photogenic" female athletes. The message? Our women are hot, so you should watch. As reported by Policy Mic’s Matt Essert, the Russian team released the images to challenge the idea that women athletes can’t be sexy and “feminine;” rather than kissing their guns, they ... Read More
  In 1969, the artist Allen Jones presented the public with what he referred to as a “[representation of] the experience of woman:” a chair, composed of leather, glass, and resin meant to depict a prostrate woman bound to its seat. The sadomasochistic chair was for Jones a realization of a more inclusive art form, appealing to universal erotic urges over the class barriers imposed by the fine arts. The tragic thing is that the artist grossly fails ... Read More
  Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been relocated to a penal colony in Siberia to finish out her 2-year sentence.  Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin confirmed her transfer to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Nadezhda is serving her sentence for “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after the band staged an anti-government performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Since news on Nadezhda has been scarce ... Read More
It was a little more than a month ago that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, member of imprisoned feminist punk group Pussy Riot, announced she was embarking on a hunger strike until "until [the administration] starts treating us like humans." In an extensive and difficult to read open letter, Tolokonnikova revealed the deplorable conditions in which she has been forced to live as she serves her two-year prison sentence.  Now, following a transfer from her original ... Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. What's holding them back from making it more ... Read More
There has always been a bit of controversy surrounding breast-feeding, but one label that is hardly ever given the natural mammalian processes is “cult-like.” Yet, in Russia last week, the country’s top breast-feeding specialist was arrested and charged for just that: being a cult leader. The Rozhana Center was founded in 1989 to re-introduce birthing techniques, such as home birth and breast-feeding, that were not allowed during the Soviet ... Read More
“Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.” These are the words of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, art activist and member of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. 14 months ago, she, along with two other members of the group, were arrested under charges of “hooliganism” following a guerrilla performance in a cathedral. After serving ... Read More
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