Monday, February 16, 2009

Pink Panty Protest

India’s Hindu fundamentalist group Sri Ram Sena recently barged into a local pup and harassed all the women inside for patronizing an establishment clearly meant for men. They’re similarly up in arms over anything they see as Western-style women’s liberation. They particularly despise Valentine’s Day, seeing it as a commercial enterprise built on spreading immorality. I can’t argue with the first part, but I’m definitely peeved that these asshats spend the holiday burning Valentine’s cards at local businesses and haranguing couples on the streets for being unmarried. But Indian journalist Nisha Susan is fighting back. She organized the Consortium of Pub-Going, Loose, and Forward Women, which protested Sri Ram Sena this Valentine’s Day by sending its leader thousands of pairs of pink panties (or “chaddis”, as they’re known in India). If that won’t make him appreciate loose women, I don’t know what will. He says he’ll retaliate by sending members of the CPGLFW a bunch of saris to show them how Indian women should dress. But I guess he doesn’t realize that women in saris get me all hot. More details here.

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