Sticking it to the man has never been so confusing. It turns out that the sorts of protests which once were standard (going out on the streets and shouting choreographed protest songs) are no longer allowed. We’re in a postmodern world, where everything has to be a little kooky.
People have taken various different methods to protest their anger at ‘the man’ in all his guises. Luckily for us, some of those involve boobs.
Here, then, are the strangest protests ever.
I love FEMEN. They’re a Ukrainian protest group that have seemingly stepped out of a porn movie in live and living color. Get this from their Wikipedia page:
The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills.Female university students between 18 and 20 years old form the backbone of the movement.
Thank you Jesus. Smoking hot young Eastern European women protesting against a variety of ills is a blessing to red blooded males everywhere. They’re also quite canny, though: I couldn’t tell you what on earth the Occupy protests are about (or who runs them), but I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of FEMEN.
Jumping under a horse
Emily Wilding Davison, the woman every UK school child knows about. Davison was a member of the Suffragettes, who were campaigning for equal rights for women in the early twentieth century. She decided against boobs as her means of protest, and instead jumped under a horse at the nation’s biggest race. She was trampled, died, and eventually the Suffragettes got their wish.
Lego and Wall-E
So things in Russia at the minute are pretty fucked up. Vladimir Putin’s decided he wants to be President again, and so he’s fixing votes to make sure that it at least appears that he won an election. Normally, Russians would be fine with this. But they’ve been inspired by the Middle East movements, and so have begun protesting – in normal and abnormal ways. One of the ways is by making Lego characters do their protesting. Police literally went “WTF” and asked local courts if they could arrest the ‘protestors’. I swear I’m not making this up.