Posts Tagged Russia

Photo of the Day: Pussy Riot attacked with whips and tear gas near Sochi Olympics

As they tried to record a new protest song near the Olympic Park on Wednesday, Pussy Riot members–including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the formerly imprisoned members who are fresh off a recent visit to the US–were attacked with whips and tear gas by Cossack militia members who are providing security during the Games. Since arriving in Sochi, the group has been detained by the police several times. 

As they tried to record a new protest song near the Olympic Park on Wednesday, Pussy Riot members–including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the formerly imprisoned members who are fresh off a recent visit to ...

Chart of the Day: Sochi mayor claims there are no gay people in his town

According to the mayor of Sochi, which will soon play host to the Olympics, there are no gay people in his town. Yet there are thriving gay nightclubs. How can gay people be invisible all the time except for during the night, when they come out in droves? It must be sorcery.

According to the mayor of Sochi, which will soon play host to the Olympics, there are no gay people in his town. Yet there are thriving gay nightclubs. How can gay people be invisible all the time ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

More reasons to love Beyonce.

On January 1st, gay youth will now be allowed to be boy scoutsbut can we really call it progress?

#RealTalk on sex work: “Sex-positive feminists might party all night with the ‘sluts,’ but some folks couldn’t abide the ‘whores’ from the other side of privilege town.”

On race, skin color, self-acceptance, and mentorship.

Trymaine Lee on how poor, black and brown children are bearing the brunt of school closures and failing education systems.

On the relationship between creativity and poverty: “New York – and San Francisco, London, Paris and other cities where cost of living has skyrocketed are…’the vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself’.”

More reasons to love Beyonce.

On January 1st, gay youth will now be allowed to be boy scoutsbut can we really call it progress?

#RealTalk on sex work: “Sex-positive feminists might party ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

A woman is arrested for playing a banjo at a protest against attacking Syria. Did I mention she is a veteran of the Iraq War?

Surgery can empower female genital mutilation survivors to feel sexual pleasure.

The New York Times mentions abortion… in a wedding announcement.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd schools marriage equality critics. When a pastor asked him, “If you call yourself a Christian, why don’t you believe the words of Jesus in the Bible?” Rudd replied: “Well mate, if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition. Because St Paul said in the New Testament, slaves be obedient to your masters. And therefore we should have ...

A woman is arrested for playing a banjo at a protest against attacking Syria. Did I mention she is a veteran of the Iraq War?

Surgery can empower female genital mutilation survivors to feel sexual ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

 

Happy 93rd birthday, 19th Amendment! (Sorry we’re a day late.) Thanks for giving women the right to vote! (And sorry Republicans are trying to go backwards and limit, instead of expand suffrage.)

This condition causes women to give birth to stillborn babies, suffer incontinence and creates a strong and unpleasant smell that results in women being shunned by their partners and society. It affects 2 million women. And here is what you can do about it.

Check out this new paper on prison alternatives for youth.

Victim’s dilemma: 911 call can bring eviction.

The responsibility to protect a campus shouldn’t fall on survivors.

#intersectionalityisfortwitter

New Jersey becomes the second state, after California, to

 

Happy 93rd birthday, 19th Amendment! (Sorry we’re a day late.) Thanks for giving women the right to vote! (And sorry Republicans are trying to go backwards and limit, instead of expand suffrage.)

This condition causes ...

Photo of the Day: Russlan athletes smooch (against LGBT discrimination?)

Two Russian athletes kissed to (probably) protest their country’s anti “gay propaganda” laws on Saturday. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, members of the Russian women’s 4×400-meter relay team,  kissed on the podium after their team won gold at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow.

Neither athlete has released a statement on their kiss. Russia, of course is claiming it was just a celebratory peck on the lips. I mean, just like there are no gay people in Kenya, I assume there are no gay athletes in Russia. And I would like to officially suggest it was an attempt to turn on male viewers. (Just kidding.) Whether the kiss was intended to spark debate about Russia’s recent ...

Two Russian athletes kissed to (probably) protest their country’s anti “gay propaganda” laws on Saturday. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, members of the Russian women’s 4×400-meter relay team,  kissed on the podium after their ...

Must read: Nancy Goldstein on gay rights and the Winter Games

Friend of the blog Nancy Goldstein is at The Prospect today, making a very clear case for continued protests and boycotts of Russian products. Goldstein interviewed a number of Russian LGBT right activists and argues that we can’t afford to go to the Games and repeat the same mistakes that were made in 1936 in Berlin:

Think long and hard before you evoke the spectacle of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin—thus far the model for the West’s approach to Putin—or argue that winning LGBT athletes will “show ‘em” in Sochi. In 1935—as in 2013—the International Olympics Committee was keen to pretend that sporting events could wash a clearly politicized setting of its politics, or wipe ...

Friend of the blog Nancy Goldstein is at The Prospect today, making a very clear case for continued protests and boycotts of Russian products. Goldstein interviewed a number of Russian LGBT right activists and argues that we ...

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