Wednesday, February 15, 2012


FEMEN, a Ukrainian women's rights organization, has developed the method of risqué, camera-worthy demonstrations to an art form. I wish them success in their efforts. They were recently involved in topless protests in Davos, holding signs declaring "You're the reason we are poor," and on another occasion complaining about sex tourism: "Ukraine is not a brothel."

Here's two pictures of FEMEN in action, with their customary poppies headdress and antics. Not depicted is their going topless, with one breast colored yellow and the other colored blue (Ukraine's national colors.)

Perhaps these tactics could be used in the low comedy form that is Tennessee politics. Us Volunteers have a way of making a spectacle of ourselves in public life. Perhaps it goes as far back as Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett.

Feminists who display their panties as a protest give a light twist to things. We need that nowadays. Both feminism and public life suffer from a surfeit of solemnity.


Many, many years ago, before I was born, Knoxville did a World's Fair. The sheer impudence of it was noted in the WSJ; the author of the article referred to it as a "scruffy little city." Now Knoxville has rejuvenated the slogan, "Keep Knoxville Scruffy.


  1. The surly blonde and the one with the cute butt look hot!

  2. I don't think this form of protesting by women's groups will catch on here.

  3. I must admit that the eventual subject was NOT the one I was thinking was intended when I read the title of this post. My brain has been warped by the profusion of multi-gender-related terms...

  4. For those that need more images, a google search on femen will get you more than you can handle.

  5. They're addicted to attention.