Protest or Porn does glitter make all the difference?

Photos: Auckland’s Boobs on Bikes parade | Newshub

When Auckland has the boobs on bikes parade the feminists all deride it as PORN but sprinkle some glitter about and they all purr that it is a legitimate form of protest to raise awareness about the issue of consent. Is glitter all it takes to turn breasts from a sexual body part to a non-sexual sparkly protest banner?

Why is it feminism when women choose to go half naked in public after sprinkling some glitter on their breasts but it is porn when women choose to go half naked in public on board motorbikes?

Sophie MacDonnell. Photo / Michael Craig

Cries of “yes means yes” and “no means no” were heard loud and clear today in central Auckland as a part of the glittery march for consent.

Bare chested men and women adorned themselves with glitter and took to the streets in a show of solidarity with Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller.

Anello-Kitzmille first made headlines when a video of her being assaulted at Rhythm and Vines went viral on Facebook.

In the video, Anello-Kitzmille was walking through the music festival when a man walks up from behind her and grabs her chest – which had been painted at a gypsy stall.

She used the notoriety of the assault to organise “a glittery march for consent” as a way to highlight issues of consent, sexual abuse and harassment.

[…] Auckland resident Elise Leslie was one of about 40 people walking in the march.

She said the video was “not shocking” in today’s environment but it was important for people to understand not wearing clothes was not an invitation to be touched.

As a feminist, she felt it was important to show up and lend her support.

MacDonell added it was also about desexualising people’s bodies and seeing someone as a person rather than a sexual object. […]

Boy, that glitter certainly has some magical properties. Without the magic glitter, bare-chested women on bikes are exposing their bodies in a sexualised way but if you sprinkle some glitter on the jubblies hey presto instant de sexualisation!

Maybe we should ship the stuff by the crate load to Sweden, Norway and Germany?

-NZ Herald


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