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5 responses to “Friday Hoydens: Pussy Riot”

  1. Hedgepig

    Loathed Gruen Planet’s typically facile analysis of this. They could barely get past the band’s name, then someone managed to say it was all going to be great for their record sales.

  2. Helen

    Twisty writes about how (while we definitely should petition against putting these women in jail for a non-jail-worthy crime), Pussy Riot itself isn’t exactly feminist.

    See also.

    (What’s with Banksy, who donated bail in the past for two male members of Voina, but to my knowledge hasn’t done so for Pussy Riot?)

  3. Hedgepig

    I reckon the women of Pussy Riot still qualify as Hoydens (women of saucy, boisterous or carefree behaviour)nomatter how horrid their friends are.

  4. orlando

    As much as Hedgepig’s initial observation about Gruen serves to illustrate the point that those on the side of the status quo will always do their best to neutralise any action by women that looks like it might have political teeth, I too am not ready to declare someone ‘not feminist’ because I think they choose their associates poorly.

    Also, Twisty’s analysis made me realise how utterly fed up I am with her defeated-before-we-begin attitude to activism. If any feminist appears to be achieving anything, it’s proof that she’s not, because if she was the collective powers that be would have stopped her. I’m awfully grateful the Pankhursts didn’t think like that, or we still wouldn’t have the vote.

  5. SunlessNick

    For those following this, Shakesville links to another article.

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