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Topless Protester's Fury After "Stupid" Putin "Liked" Her Demonstration

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Vladimir Putin may have "liked" the topless feminist protester who confronted him with an obscene slogan daubed on her back - but she is less than impressed with his response.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:53 am
I commented on this article on another story submitted, but I would add:

Putin speaks fluent German. He was stationed in East Germany as part of the KGB. I am sure he would certainly have been much more impressed by a brilliant speech in German than by seeing German breasts. I'm also certain Putin would have learned much about German breasts from the time when he was in the former DDR..

This was a missed opportunity and a [female] sexist ploy which made the seriousness of this matter vulgar and ridiculous.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:27 am
I don't know about that Heidi, it is spring.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:50 am
I dont know if being half naked is the way to go but she had some gall dont know if i could have done it though

Noted thanks

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:30 am
noted, thanks Cal

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:02 am
Frankly, I think she should have guessed Putin (and the Media) would trivialize that "shock & awe" technique! So she just gave misogynists more ammo & a quick thrill..:(

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:12 pm
Putin is not politically correct. He could just invite her for another protest at his residence after supper, that is, if he really liked her.


Dot A (182)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:32 pm
Yvonne White makes a significant point regarding misogynists,... and some others are on target with the 'missed the mark' comments, - However, no matter how much I may like or not like her technique, - boobs always get attention. Certainly the media is milking this for what THEY can get,... and as for the highbrow speech, -it probably wouldn't even get a back page notice,... sad to say,....

Sarah G (109)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:01 pm
People get upset about anything these days. What sort of response did they expect?

Morgan McDowell (4)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:24 pm
Why would a man take any topless woman seriously! Why would a woman in the right mind flash someone they hate?

This whole incident is stupid, although I liked the look on Putin’s face!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:31 pm
Putin's comment he could not remember what colour her hair was is classic i have no idea what she was protesting about so it certainly backfired

Jason S (50)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:48 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 12:24 am
Shrewd move by Putin. Why would we be surprised? Shrewd is almost his middle name.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:44 am
A stupid exhibitionist prank.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:45 am
Unbelievable and yet believable!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:51 am
Quoting Alexandra:
"When a woman's nudity is not controlled by men, when she's not using it to entertain men, or to give them sexual satisfaction or advertise men's products – when she's using her sexuality for her own aims, political aims – that really makes patriarchy irritated. And you can see the result."

That result, according to Ms Shevchenko, has been regular threats of violence against Femen activists. She cited the recent fatwa against the activist in Tunisia who posted a topless image of herself online, and the abduction of a group of activists by secret service agents in Belarus.

Femen claim that three activists who travelled to Minsk, in Belarus, were kidnapped and held naked in a forest overnight. While there, they were threatened with lighters and knives. The Belarus secret service denies the allegations.

Ms Shevchenko has been in Germany since the end of January establishing a local chapter of the movement. She said that it had begun activities in Britain too.

Devon Leonar (54)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 3:02 am
All I can think of right now, almost midnight and I'm going to sleep in a moment, but I am still praying for and thinking of the 3 young activist-artists "Pussy Riot" that Putin has sent to prison in Russia... This still breaks my heart. Imagine if we started incarcerating men when they exposed their bare chests !! Its just abuse of power, plain and simple.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:50 am

Many Feathers (139)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:00 am

. (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:41 am
I hope she dosen't end up like those young people from "Pussy Riot."

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:14 pm
BMutiny, I read what Alexandra wote..but, when the Media (and Governments) CAN & DO "control" what gets said & shown to the public about these semi-nude protests - it may irritate patriarchy, but those most harmed are the protesters themselves. There Must be a better way than playing to the misogynists - maybe using Tee-shirts that Look like bare breasts to get the attention (distraction) & then whip out the protest signs when Media puts the camera on?? I just hate that it has come to this - women being arrested for doing what men get away with constantly..:(

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:50 pm
Yvonne, you have reminded me of the Naked Bicyclists in Seattle, during the Fremont Spring Solstice parade - some of them are really bare-naked, some of them wear full-body suits that LOOK like naked bodies, male or female, complete with lots of hair in the right places -and protrusions - perfectly legal! Very funny form of protest.

Parents bring their kids to the Parade, knowing FULL WELL what to expect - so the cops generally leave the Naked Bicyclists alone.
I guess Seattle is pretty liberal. At least the Fremont area {where artists, etc. live} is.
Don't think stripping would work downtown, tho....

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 2:13 pm
notato Cal thnx!!!!

Susanne R (235)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 1:00 am
From the article:

"Topless protest – I think this is the only effect that can work," Ms Shevchenko said. "This way of protest is being used by women all over the world. In new countries, in Mexico, in the US, in Brazil, France and Germany.

"When a woman's nudity is not controlled by men, when she's not using it to entertain men, or to give them sexual satisfaction or advertise men's products – when she's using her sexuality for her own aims, political aims – that really makes patriarchy irritated. And you can see the result."

The result? Putin obviously enjoyed himself, and the topless protestors were arrested. Whether or not she's aware of it, she WAS entertaining men. If that's the best women can do, I think they need to go back to the drawing board. If you feel the need to expose yourself in order to express your disapproval, I think "mooning" might be a better course of action. I don't think anyone who's ever been mooned has ever mistaken the act as a compliment. And the bigger and more cratered the "moon," the better!

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:29 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:39 pm
I believe this was a successful protest, and I applaud the women involved. They certainly got their message through....enough so I just read about it, as well as got informed about their group. I hope they continue to get much more recognition and support. Just because it's not something I would personally do, doesn't mean it's wrong.
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