Panty protest against the Myanmar Junta

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.

“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.

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Ahh….i love this form of protest. The more soiled the panties, the better it is. For a full list of all the Myanmar embassies worldwide, click here.

To read more about this protest, click here. So, what are you waiting for 😉

Link via: Prem’s blog

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  • Awzar Thi

    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?

  • Liju Philip

    Awzar, you do have a valid point. But then, its something like collateral damage. People are trying out innovative methods to kick the junta out of power.

  • Liju Philip

    Yup Mumbaikar, the Japanese are kn0wn for this fetish. They have shops in Japan which sell soiled underwear of school girls.

    Now i see why the Japs are so advanced and the Burmese so….. hmmmm 😉