The signs tell you as much as we know:
The signs tell you as much as we know:
If you’ve ever run any sort of adult-oriented internet site that’s open to comment, you’ll be familiar with a certain sort of Beavis-and-Butthead trollery, typified by short, crude comments like the title of this post. It’s reactive to the material (usually pictures) being commented on, but it’s usually leering, crude, and brief to the point of being sub-literate.
Needless to say, Naked Protesters attracts a lot of that sort of commentary, but it almost always gets caught in moderation and silently deleted with the penis pill spam.
Today, however, the Naked Protesters moderation queue contained an astonishingly focused burst of this raw troll energy. A man going by the handle of DudeWithPants, and offering a fake URL suggesting hostility to nudity, posted an astonishing thirty five comments in just fifty minutes. The comments, as you will see, portray an incredible mental mixture of lustful leering, misogyny, homophobia, authoritarianism, body judgment, and good old-fashioned crudity, all delivered in that sharp-elbow-to-the-ribs fake-jocularity style that’s designed to allow the speaker to retreat into “hey, I was just joking” at the first sign of criticism.
Silently deleting this fluxus would have been the normal moderation response, but it just seemed wrong, somehow, to do so. The comment set, taken together, feels like an an accidentally artistic artifact, an unselfconscious self-portrait of some widely-known but rarely-photographed internet beast.
Accordingly, the comment set is below the cut. These comments will not appear on their respective posts, because such material is a sort of sludge that not only contaminates what it comments on, but also tends to invite copycat commenting from likeminded others. And now, today’s zoological exhibit:
This panel is from a Dirty Duck comic strip:
A reader emailed me the following photo, sans info:
PetaEurope had the story:
It’s almost Mother’s Day! So PETA thought it the perfect opportunity to get people talking about what happens to mothers all over the world… pig mothers, that is. Today in Covent Garden as shoppers dashed around for gifts for their mothers, PETA’s very pregnant Noemie stripped, got down on all fours and knelt in a replica farrowing crate with the banner ‘Unhappy Mother’s Day for Pigs, Go Vegetarian.’
Would it be unseemly to make an appreciative “shakin’ that bacon” comment?
I don’t understand everything I see at this link, where there are many more photos. But this particular photo, of a bare-breasted woman standing in front of a Church Of Scientology building, carrying a “Get A Real Phoney Religion!” sign, and concealing her face with a V For Vendetta mask, meets any reasonable definition of a naked protest:
Thanks to the alert reader who emailed me the link.
Update: Here’s an article from Radar Magazine which may help explain what’s going on with respect to this protest.
It’s hard for someone not from there to understand all the nuances, but politics in Russia haven’t been looking good lately, from the perspective of freedom-loving folks. As a grim ex-KGB bureaucrat solidifies authoritarian rule, and democratic opposition is systematically dismantled and destroyed, it’s my “impression from afar” that the grey old men are returning, knouts in hand and vengeance firmly in mind.
Certainly the recent election offered little promise for hope. As near as I could tell, they were a sham designed to install a puppet, who would rule at Putin’s pleasure and in his stead. That certainly seems to be the viewpoint of these folks:
I guess maybe this is the twenty-first century equivalent of the twentieth centuries’ love-ins: a “fuck-in” protest by the fucked? Izo has the context:
To mark the presidential elections, on 29 February the group War staged a “mass fuck” (массовая ебля) entitled Fuck for the Teddy-Bear Heir (Ебись за наследника Медвежонка!) in (appropriately enough, maybe) the Biological Museum in Moscow.
Update: Many more pictures here.
This made me laugh: