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?
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!