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Check Out The Most Well-Dressed Protest Ever

Abercrombie & Fitch recently announced plans to open a children’s store on Savile Row, a London street known for high-end menswear and often referred  to as “the golden mile of tailoring.” Obviously, this didn’t go over well with Savile Row’s merchants and clientele. In response, impeccably-dressed demonstrators gathered outside the A&F store in Burlington Gardens twirling their mustaches, strumming banjos, and waving signs that said “Give Three-Piece A Chance.” I’m a little concerned about the guy on the left with the riding crop, but otherwise I think this is brilliant.

What Is Glitter Bombing?

Glitter bombing sounds like something Barbie might do to Ken if he took a wayward glance at Skipper. But that’s not quite it—it’s a new protest tactic being used on anti-gay rights and anti-choice presidential candidates. At a public event where regular folks are able to get close to a candidate, glitter bombers walk up innocently but then toss loads of confetti on them. Back in May, Newt Gingrich got glitter bombed at a book signing, when a protester walked up his table and doused him in pink glitter. “Feel the rainbow, Newt!” the protester yelled. “Stop the hate! Stop anti-gay politics!” Then last week, while signing his book, Courage To Stand, at a conference, two CODEPINK activists walked up to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and glitter bombed him. “Where’s your courage to stand for gay and reproductive rights?” they asked. Keep reading »

A Handy Checklist Of Things That Cause Rape

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I can think of a few people who need this sign someplace where they can always see it. Sadly. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Topless Ukrainian Feminists Protest NZ Radio Station’s Mail Order Bride Contest

A notorious topless Ukrainian feminist group turned out to protest the New Zealand radio show “Win A Wife” contest that matches up a Kiwi man with a “mail order bride” in Ukraine. Nine women from Femen were outraged — rightly so — about The Rock FM’s “Win a Wife” contest, announced on Valentine’s Day, in which the winner would be flown to Eastern Europe with interpreters to meet a woman from a “matchmaking” web site. Keep reading »

French Women Who Like To Swim Topless Protest By Asking Men To Wear Bikini Tops

Skinny dipping is nice, right? Well, some women in France like the feeling of swimming topless so much that they’ve gone as far as to stage protests in pools. The feminist group, called les Tumultueuses, has taken to showing up at pools with bikini tops and asking the men to wear them to prove a point: if women have to cover their breasts in a pool, then so too should guys (well, their man boobs at least). Surprisingly, many of the men have reacted positively, gladly putting on a bikini top with a humorous disposition and continuing their workout. A large number of the men who didn’t take the bikini top said (in typical man fashion) that it’d be better for the woman to take off her top so that they be equal. At one particular protest, police came, and declared that showing one’s breasts is a sexual exhibition and against the law and is apparently punishable by up to one year in prison or a fine of 15,000 euros! Let the debate on whether exposed boobage is in fact a sexual act begin. [Rue 89 (in French)] Keep reading »

Activist Hippies Invade Target


Just because hippies live in houses made of hemp and are ignorant in the ways of modern hair removal doesn’t mean they’re clueless about technology. After finding out that Target had donated money to the campaign of Minnesota governor candidate Tom Emmer, who is anti-gay marriage and anti-abortion, a group of activists stormed a Target store armed with a video camera, a brass band, and rainbow umbrellas. Singing to the tune of Depeche Mode’s “People Are People,” the dread heads re-worded the song to “Target Ain’t People,” with lyrics like, “Target ain’t people so why should it be/allowed to play around with our democracy.” Peace, love, and viral video, man. [Ad Busters] Keep reading »

Police Tear-Gas Mourners Who Gather 40 Days After Neda’s Horrific Death

Remember that horrific video of an Iranian woman being shot to death during the post-election violence in Iran? Well, her name was Neda Agha-Soltan and today hundreds of people gathered by her grave to mourn the 40th day since her death, an important Shiite mourning tradition. The Iranian government didn’t want any services to be held for the girl, and when mourners showed up, things got out of hand. Riot police ordered Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi to leave the ceremony, and then two prominent filmmakers were taken to task for laying flowers by the girl’s grave. When the mourners got angry, the cops busted out wooden batons and tear gas. Iranians moved outdoors, but police were out in force there as well. The government has told people they aren’t allowed to have any formal ceremonies for this poor girl. Which makes me so crazy angry, I don’t know what to say. Let people mourn in peace! [NY Times] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Demonstration For Human Rights In Iran

[Los Angeles, CA, 6/28/09]
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Is Turning Neda Into An Icon The Answer?

Yesterday we posted about Neda, the Iranian woman who was gunned down during protests in Tehran this weekend. Her brutal death was caught on camera and posted on YouTube, and many websites, including The Frisky, have posted it. She’s been deemed the “face” of the opposition movement in Iran, particularly representative of the women who have been at the forefront of the protests against the results of the corrupt presidential election. But some are wondering if Neda’s martrydom is appropriate and just. Keep reading »

“Milk” Biopic Rocks My World

Last night, I got to sneak a peak of the movie “Milk”, which opens in theaters on November 26th, and James Franco naked, swimming in a pool. I’m not sure which one was more life changing, the booty or the biopic, but they were both even better than I had dreamed. “Milk,” about the life and times of Harvey Milk, the first gay man elected to public office back in the 1970s, seems unbelievably relevant today with the passing of Prop 8 earlier this month. While the film was shot long before the recent rallies, eerily enough, Milk was largely responsible for stopping California’s Prop 6, which would have made it legal to fire any employee and deny them housing simply because they were gay. The interwoven documentary footage from Milk’s protests look almost identical to that of this past weekend’s Join The Impact nationwide march — same cause, different decade. Keep reading »

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