Whipping the Pussy Riot Grrrl Act

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March 7, 2014 by socialaction2014

SPOTTED COUCH

“Riot Grrrl, in a conscious response to second-wave feminists’ rejection of the word “girl,” reclaimed it with pride — and also in parody. Songs, performances, and fashion statements mocked the depictions of feminine innocence and compliance served to us in the face of discrimination, exploitation, and endemic sexual abuse.” —My Riot Grrrl by Johanna Fateman

Powerful words that also reverberate inside the cemented cells where two Pussy Riot members were imprisoned for 21-months, then released in what appeared to be a pre-Sochi Olympic “publicity stunt,” and that culminated in a Cossack “whipping” that was released in a music video that went viral the next day on February 20, 2014.

I won’t lie. When I watched the actual footage of the Cossacks accosting Pussy Riot, there were some tears that immediately turned to rage at the horrific absurdity of the Russian Police tear gassing young women and beating them with whips for…

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