BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 18, 2015
It looks like Pussy Riot—the Russian feminist punk band who’ve served time for hooliganism, as if you could forget—is tackling even more social justice issues, and we couldn’t be more impressed. Earlier today, the band released the video for their first English language song, “I Can’t Breathe.”
Recorded during the anti-police brutality protests in New York City in December, both the video and the song are disturbing and visceral. Read More
BY Jamie Bogert
on Dec 09, 2014
The ladies of Pussy Riot are at it again. This time, however, they won’t be found at Christ the Savior Cathedral punking out in protest, and their balaclava’s need not be worn – their new project is all about transparency.
Started in September in collaboration with The Guardian’s New East network, MediaZona is Pussy Riot’s latest endeavor post jail time. Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 08, 2014
Originally affecting change through their radical music performances while donning colorful ski masks, Pussy Riot’s next move to reform Russia is perhaps even bolder. Two of the original three members, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, are launching an independent news outlet, MediaZona. The focus of the project is to keep Russian citizens informed about the conditions of Russian prisons and courts, an issue these fearless females know all too well from serving time inside the system themselves. All of the content is in Russian. Read More
BY kelsey haight
on Apr 07, 2014
All of my wildest dreams just came true. Hillary Clinton and Pussy Riot have united and will now take the world by storm.
Okay, maybe they aren’t plotting world domination, but at least they have met and are now definitely friends. The controversial Russian pop duo Pussy Riot posed with Clinton backstage at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit last week, and it renewed my faith in humanity. Read More
BY Brittany Allen
on Mar 20, 2014
And the latest socially-conscious time-waster on the interwebz is...Putin's Gay Dress-Up. In protest of Russia's highly disturbing "anti-gay propaganda" legislation, one website has taken the fight for equality to the mannequins. PGD-U creators "want to make a playful stand against homosexual discrimination and legal actions taken under the regional anti-LGBT propaganda laws." All vocal opponents to Russia's policy are invited to make a doll, spread it around, and eventually mail it to the Kremlin. Read More
BY Laura Fontaine Haines
on Feb 20, 2014
It’s no secret that the members of Pussy Riot have not been warmly welcomed back into Russia. The absolutely repulsive video footage of members being attacked with whips and pepper spray has gone viral over the past couple of days.
Earlier today though, in Sochi, a press conference held by Pussy Riot in collaboration with Cinema For Peace and The Voice Project (organizations that utilize the powers of film and music to create and encourage social change), members spoke about their experiences in Olympic Sochi and specifically about their recent arrests. Read More
Excited to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the next weeks, the Russian team released a new campaign consisting of photographs meant to entice viewers with only the "most photogenic" female athletes. The message? Our women are hot, so you should watch. As reported by Policy Mic’s Matt Essert, the Russian team released the images to challenge the idea that women athletes can’t be sexy and “feminine;” rather than kissing their guns, they display their dewey flesh and erect nipples. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Nov 14, 2013
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been relocated to a penal colony in Siberia to finish out her 2-year sentence. Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin confirmed her transfer to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Nadezhda is serving her sentence for “Hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after the band staged an anti-government performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 04, 2013
It was a little more than a month ago that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, member of imprisoned feminist punk group Pussy Riot, announced she was embarking on a hunger strike until "until [the administration] starts treating us like humans." In an extensive and difficult to read open letter, Tolokonnikova revealed the deplorable conditions in which she has been forced to live as she serves her two-year prison sentence.
Now, following a transfer from her original location in Mordovia, Tolokonnikova is missing. On October 21st, she was transferred by train to a still undisclosed location. Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. Read More