'Sex Strike' Campaign By Ukrainian Women Launched Against Russian Men, Because Crimea

Putin may control Crimea these days, but these Ukrainian women aren't letting Russian men invade their private parts any time soon. A group loosely translated as "Do not let Russian" or "Don't Give It to a Russian" has set up a sex strike against Russian men. The campaign's Facebook page is selling T-shirts emblazoned with that motto — and a logo of two hands poised in a praying gesture that resembles a vagina

The goal of the campaign, according to one of the posts on their Facebook page, is to send a clear messages to Russian that they cannot take Ukraine's freedom.

All our female heroes, who agreed to be photographed in patriotic shirts, each had something of their own in mind... Do not give Crimea to a Russian, do not let a Russian capture your land, do not give money to a Russian or do not let a Russian win... Funny enough, sex came to mind last. What message would you send, if you put this shirt on?

The slogan "Don't Give It to a Russian" was reportedly inspired by Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko’s 1838 poem Kateryna : “O lovely maidans, fall in love, but not with the Moskaly [the Russians].” One of the co-founders of the group is Katerina Venzhik, an editor at an Ukrainian news site.

"We believe that in the context of military occupation of the territory it is silly to continue to assert that all men are brothers," Venzhik told Foreign Policy. "What Russia is doing in Ukraine is terrible, but the world sees their actions primarily through the prism of the pro-Putin propaganda."

This campaign comes in tandem with a larger boycott of Russian goods, like gas and vodka, as a reaction to Russia's annexing of Crimea.

Women have implemented political "sex strikes" before: Liberian women conducted sex strikes to help end civil war. Women withheld sex to try to dispose a dictator in Togo. Japanese women threatened a sex strike to anyone who voted for a Tokyo gubernatorial candidate who said women can't work in government because of their periods. And women in a Colombian town even boycotted sex to get roads paved.

Images: Не дай русскому/ Facebook.