Hundreds of boys in the city of Nantes in France ditched their trousers and came to school wearing skirts Friday as part of a campaign against sexism, despite opposition from conservative groups.
The “Lift the Skirt” initiative, an idea put together by students, saw pupils at 27 schools in the region around Nantes invited to attend school wearing skirts as part of efforts to raise awareness of discrimination and sexism faced by their female classmates. Though entirely optional, plenty of young men arriving for school on Friday morning appeared to have embraced the campaign.
“I borrowed my skirt from my sister,” one boys said. “My mother lent me mine,” added another.
The initiative has enraged certain conservative groups in France and on Thursday a group from the “Manif pour Tous” (Protest for All) group – which began as a movement against France’s legalisation of gay marriage last year – protested outside the Lycée Clemenceau, sparking a confrontation with students. Police stepped in on Friday to prevent clashes after a confrontation between students and a small group of protesters outside the same school.
Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church are being ridiculed for opposing Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. Russian blogger Rustem Adagamov tweeted a picture of the priests in flowing robes with the message: ‘The ROC categorically opposes bearded men in dresses!’
Retweeted hundreds of times, the comment was sparked by the Church’s opposition against the Austrian singer. Vladimir Legoyda, the chairman of the ROC, described Wurst’s win as a ‘sign of the world’s moral decline’ and ‘part of the aggressive assertion of Western cultural norms’. He told Russian news agency Interfax: ‘The process of the legalisation of that to which the Bible refers to as nothing less than an abomination is already long not news in the contemporary world. Unfortunately, the legal and cultural spheres are moving in a parallel direction, to which the results of this competition bear witness.’
It comes as Russian lawmakers have called for the country to pull out of Eurovision to create their own version where ‘gay culture’ would be banned. ‘The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,’ Valerii Rishkin, a Community Party MP said. ‘We must leave this contest immediately, it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness.’
But while politicians may want to start their own version of the song contest, it has not stopped the Russian people from loving Wurst. Her winning track, Rise Like A Phoenix, hit the top of the iTunes chart in Russia earlier in the week.
Of course these shows are overproduced to hell and the people behind them care a lot more about pulling our emotional strings than the music itself but hey, it seems to work and good for these lads that they got their message out. Thanks to everyone who submitted this, Robert was the fastest.