You can’t have the fun, pro-democracy, anti-Putin feminism without the incendiary anarchism, extreme sexual provocations, deliberate obscenity and hard-left politics.
Unless you are comfortable with all that (and I strongly suspect 99 percent of Pussy Riot’s fans in the mainstream media are not), then standing behind Pussy Riot only now, when it is obviously blameless and the government clearly guilty, is pure opportunism.
hahahah look at this fucking nitwit.
It’s particularly funny because the author very nearly makes a set of good points but then is swallowed up by shallow Liberalism. For a moment I thought Nikitin was going to point out that the obsession with Pussy Riot and anti-Russian politics draws our attention away from the equally fucked up (essentially the same) horrible actions carried out by our own joke of a Democracy in America. The point in re: Soviet dissidents is a good example in that regard. Instead this is pro-Capitalism fear mongering horseshit. Thanks NYT’s. Nikitin’s conclusion?
Pussy Riot’s fans in the West need to understand that their heroes’ dissent will not stop at Putin; neither will it stop if and when Russia becomes a “normal” liberal democracy. Because what Pussy Riot wants is something that is equally terrifying, provocative and threatening to the established order in both Russia and the West (and has been from time immemorial): freedom from patriarchy, capitalism, religion, conventional morality, inequality and the entire corporate state system. We should only support these brave women if we, too, are brave enough to go all the way.
Yes, going all the way is exactly the point, you fucking coward.