A Feminist a Day: Pussy Riot

Who are they?

pussy riotPussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock group, founded in 2011 and consisting of around 11 members. They are feminist artists and activists, who focus on women’s repression by ‘authoritarian regimes that create idealised ideas of sexism, sex and family life.’

In Russia, feminism is seen as a major threat to society and is regarded as taboo – even women’s rights activists will not call themselves feminists.

The group stages guerrilla performances in public places and edits them into music videos for the internet. In 2012, five members of the group staged a performance in Moscow’s  Cathedral of Christ the Savior, a protest directed at the Orthdox Church leaders’ support for Vladimir Putin.

Three members of the group were arrested and convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Their plight attracted worldwide media attention and they were released two months early. 

Why should we thank them?

Pussy Riot gave a voice to feminism in a country where the topic is virtually unspoken, and inspired a new generation of radical feminist action.

Best quote

“We’ve been fighting for the right to sing, to think, to criticise. To be musicians and artists, ready to do everything to change our country, no matter the risks.”

 

 

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A Feminist a Day: Pussy Riot

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