Highs and lows of Feminism – Armpits for August and Pussy Riot

As someone who grew a very dodgy moustache for Movember, I stumbled across the Armpits for August campaign after reading this great article by Aisha Mirza. I take part in Movember every year because it’s a very clever and well designed campaign that encourages discussion around prostate cancer. The Armpits for August campaign does all this (raises money for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) with an added political dimension that questions how we’re encouraged to buy in to looking a certain way – awesome! Fair play to the women who are taking part, I got some random mock-mocking about it, but it’s a bold step to challenge what society considers acceptable – good work!

Also just heard that Pussy Riot have been jailed for their protest song against Putin in a Russian church. Previously blogged about it and put the video here. All I can add is dark times. Thought that Russia may have its hand forced due to the high-profile nature of the people who’ve spoken out against the charge, but turns out that’s wishful thinking .  It’s the sign of a powerful state that is willing to clamp down on civil liberties despite the scale of the outcry, and convict on it. Hope some appeal can be put in place soon.

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