Many thanks to Kerry Howley for this item: Lanna Action for Burma is encouraging women around the world to send their panties to the Burmese* embassies in their countries as a means of protest against the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Why? Because the generals who make up the military junta that runs the country are extremely superstitious, and believe that contact with womens’ underwear will deprive them of their power.
In case you’re wondering, the Burmese embassy’s address here in DC is:
2300 S St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
And you can address your, uh, statement of protest to: U Tin Win (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary). Yes, that’s really his title.
* Yes, I’m aware that the “official” name of the country is the Union of Myanmar. But since the Union of Burma was the name the last time there was a democratically-elected government, and since “Union of Myanmar” is the name given to it by the military junta, I’m still going to call it Burma. When there’s a democratically-elected government in Burma again, I’ll call it whatever that government decides the country should be called.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs