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2007-10-19 14:21

I’m breaking my silence and, in fact, delaying going out to get my son’s birthday cake to repost the following Yahoo news item, which simply couldn’t be more delicious:

BANGKOK, Thailand – Women in several countries have begun sending their panties to Myanmar embassies in a culturally insulting gesture of protest against the recent brutal crackdown there, a campaign supporter said Friday.

“It’s an extremely strong message in Burmese and in all Southeast Asian culture,” said Liz Hilton, who supports an activist group that launched the “Panties for Peace” drive earlier this week.

The group, Lanna Action for Burma, says the country’s superstitious generals, especially junta leader Gen. Than Shwe, also believe that contact with women’s underwear saps them of power.

To widespread international condemnation, the military in Myanmar, also known as Burma, crushed mass anti-regime demonstrations recently and continues to hunt down and imprison those who took part.

Hilton said women in Thailand, Australia, Singapore, England and other European countries have started sending or delivering their underwear to Myanmar missions following informal coordination among activist organizations and individuals.

“You can post, deliver or fling your panties at the closest Burmese Embassy any day from today. Send early, send often!” the Lanna Action for Burma Web site urges.

“So far we have had no response from Burmese officials,” Hilton said.

A nice excuse to purge my overstuffed panty-drawer. Only to binge again, of course.

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  1. The protest is innovative, but ironically it depends upon the willingness of women to reinforce a belief of the innate superiority of men over women that is held not only by Burma’s generals but also by most men in the country. Men are potent; women are weak. Thus women’s genitalia—especially if menstruating—are dangerous to men’s potency.

    Day-to-day this means, among other things, that men in Burma actively avoid having contact with women’s lower garments, and that special restrictions are placed on the hanging of women’s washing that do not apply to men’s articles. Perhaps the organisers of the protest should have considered these features of the “culturally insulting gesture” before going ahead with it. Who is really being insulted?

    Awzar Thi    Oct 21, 08:43 AM    #
  2. ironically it depends upon the willingness of women to reinforce a belief of the innate superiority of men over women that is held not only by Burma’s generals but also by most men in the country.

    Awzar, that makes no sense at all! Woman are mocking these men by “demeaning” them with exposure to panties. They’re by no means “reinforcing” these men’s hilarious beliefs. They’re simply taking advantage of them. The men can choose to find this behavior “reinforcing” and cower before the panties or they can realize that the panties have no significance whatsoever. It’s up to them, not to the women. As long as Burmese men choose to regard women’s panties as threatening to their masculinity, women can have a field day!

    Mika Cooper    Oct 21, 12:31 PM    #
  3. We created a mini-game to raise some awareness of the campaign.


    You get to throw undies at generals and hear them declare “this is against the Geneva convention”.

    ian    Nov 3, 11:02 PM    #
  4. Was trying to find the actual post but can’t find it. Maybe with more content, this blog would be a standout.

    superioressay.com    Sep 11, 03:52 AM    #
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