Kate’s breasts, Pussy Riot, virginity tests and our attitude on women’s bodies

It seems as if we are in a time of unprecedented struggle over the meaning of women’s bodies and sexuality. Controversy is swirling about an American University professor who breast-fed a baby in class; topless photos of Kate Middleton have been released; and a Time magazine cover showing a mother breast-feeding her toddler sparked even more tittering in May.

It is not just the breast that is contested: Pussy Riot, the punk band, was sentenced to two years in a Russian prison after a staged performance in which they did high kicks that showed too much of their bodies. They tried, from prison, to explain “what pussy meant” and “what riot meant.”

Michigan representative Lisa Brown got into hot water — and fought back — for using the words ‘my vagina’ in the Michigan statehouse. Michigan women supported her by standing in front of the statehouse with a giant “V” symbol and spelling out the words ‘VAGINA’ in pink letters….What is going on?

 

Read Naomi Wolf’s whole post at CNN.com.

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