Categories
Uncategorized

the power of the pussy

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor
Hermine Hayes-Klein

This remains my favorite photo of the current Portland protests. When I saw it, I wondered about the other times that women have confronted war or violence like this throughout the ages. Then my friend Iris Josephina shared a collection of examples of such times:

“Kate Bear Fossils wrote this after geeking out as well:
“So I’m kinda blown away right now. After seeing the naked woman turning away police in Portland, I couldn’t stop thinking about something I had heard a while back about women doing something known as Asmyrna or lifting of the skirts…. So my research tonight included an article at suppressedhistories.net.
Here is a summary after geeking out:

Turkey
Saved Lycia from Poseidon and Bellerophon by exposing their vulvas.

Ireland
Warrior Uster was defeated by 150 naked women by their mere presence.

Ireland
Men descended upon a house with clubs and pitchforks the lone woman home confronted them by raising her skirts above her head and put them to flight.

Iran
Persians were retreating from the enemy but the Persian women raised their skirts and the men returned to battle and won.

Mexico
The Tlatelolco women showed their disdain of the alliance with the Aztecs that took their husbands and sons away from them by flaunting their backside.

China
Women stood on the city walls and warded off invaders by uncovering their vulvas. In the Manchu dynasty “the most effective deterrent against besiegers was considered to be menstrual blood dropped on them from above”.

Iroquois/Seneca
a grandmother could show her vulva to indicate that the war was over and the men had to listen. (Different source Dr Barbara Alice Mann).

India
South Indians made “exceedingly obscene” atropopaic pots in grain fields and house tops to ward off evil eye.

Western Europe
Sheila na gigs which were structures sometimes places over doorways or windows or freestanding sculptures. Some were built into church walls. All featured vulvas. They were removed, hid, and destroyed as relics of paganism. The Irish custom of rubbing the Sheila stones continues today.

Yunnan
Women had the right to stop war. If a woman of either side waves her skirt and calls for armistice. Like when there was a dispute over a marriage and “at noon a prestigious middle aged woman of one side climbed a cliff, Took off her long skirt, and waved it. She shouted to stop the battle. The two sides stopped immediately and went back to their village.

Vanatinai
A woman can signal war or peace or protection of a captive enemy by taking off her skirt.

Mali
Epic tales tell of women who quelled armies by raising their robes. There’s a story of a woman whose grandchildren were killed by soldiers of the regime. She went to the cemetery where they had just been buried, stripped off her clothes and cursed the dictator. He was overthrown the same day.

Kenya
Witnessing brutalities in a hunger strike, a woman stripped off her clothes and got between a youth and the police. The youth got away and she fought 4 police until two more women took their shirts off and subdued the scene. “In Kikuya tradition, they were cursing the men saying ‘I have no respect for you. I wish I had never given birth to you’.

Nigeria
During the women’s war, women adorned themselves with leaves and ritual regalia to protest colonial oppression. Women sang, danced, ridiculed, burned, and looted. They destroyed hated native courts, cut telegraph wires, marched on houses of chiefs collaborating with colonialists, and forced them to flee. To the Brits they said “sir, this matter does not concern men”.

Senegal
In protests in the 1970’s, thousands of women marched “through town with breasts and intimate parts exposed”. The ritual was in the nakedness. It made the dance sacred. They demanded release of all students arrested and the next day they were.

Cameroon
Nudity in protest 1958.

Ivory Coast
In 1950’s women demonstrated named in the countryside.

Niger delta region
600 unarmed women ages 30-90 held 700 men hostage for 9’days by threatening to take their clothes off which would bring great shame to the men. They negotiated electrical, water, and schools for their nearby villages. A rival tribe followed suit.

Philippines
Women protested a dam by taking off sarongs and thrashing male workers with them. They hid their tools and guns. The men have a cultural taboo about laying eyes or hands upon women.

France
16th century story about a woman who put the devil to flight by showing him her vulva.

Kalahari
Girls would mock cameramen by lifting their skirts.

New Guinea
Women would hold their breasts signaling the sacrality of nurturant power.

Saameland/Russia
A Lapp woman lifted her skirts to a bear to make it go away. In North Africa it was lions.

Catalunya
“The sea calms down if it sees a woman’s cunt” the related English word “cunt” did not become obscene until the 16th century and today is used abusively more often than not.”
~ written by Kate Baer Fossils. Thank you Kate.”

❤️

NOTE: My friend Gemela Foster is friends with the woman in the photo, and reports that she was tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets for this obviously unarmed protest. Shame, America, shame!!!

By wmb3331

Isaiah Israel is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Pacific with a bachelors in Psychology and a deep love for history in which he believes that when you know the past you can understand the present and predict the future course of man and mankind and is the author of the best selling ebook The White Man's Burden Of Lies and Deceit.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.