Friday, September 7, 2012


 Russia's President Vladimir Putin may have a predilection for putang, just not the kind that challenges state authority.  In a recent interview on the Russian TV channel RT, Putin extolled the virtues of group sex, in an apparent Soviet-era joke aimed at the recent arrest of three members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot.  According to a translation provided by the British newspaper The Telegraph, Putin told the interviewer, "Some fans of group sex say that it’s better than one-on-one because, as with any collective work, you can skive off.”  Anyone whose ever had group sex (or organized an orgy) should know it takes a lot more work than it looks.  

The members of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band in Russia, were arrested and sentenced to three years in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for performing a "punk prayer" this past March in Christ the Savior Cathedral-- dancing and high kicking to petition the Virgin Mary to intercede and protect Russia from the recently re-elected Putin.

If you like former Soviet-bloc feminist protest movements, I highly suggest Femen, a topless protest movement and political party based in the Ukraine.  The video below, of Femen members protesting a proposed abortion ban, appeared in a video installation along with videos of other global protest movements as part of the 7th Berlin Biennale this summer. 

1 comment:

  1. The Femen image looks like it was Dragulator generated. No T, no shade!