Burmese ex-pat women are taking advantage of their ruling military leaders’ anti-panty superstitions to turn subjugation into subversion, resulting in one of the neatest political write-in campaigns I’ve ever heard of. So far, women across Europe, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines and Singapore are taking part.
From the Panties for Peace Canada website:
The Panties for Peace campaign aims to exploit the regime generals’ superstitious belief that coming into contact with garments used to cover women from the waist down will rob them of their strength. Women’s underpants are seen as especially dangerous. The campaign’s founders at Lanna Action for Burma sought to exploit this fear by asking women from Burma and around the world to mail their panties to regime’s leaders.
[...] “The horrible aftermath of Cyclone Nargis has helped remind us all of the military regime’s corruption and tyranny,” says Lanna Action for Burma. “The regime is now in a weakened state and we must use every power at our disposal to see it toppled once and for all.”
Along with their call for panties, Montreal organizers are also raising much-needed funds that will be sent directly to organizations working with victims of the humanitarian crisis inside Burma.
Hundreds of pairs have been sent to Burmese embassies so far, with 140 coming from one group alone.
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