Monday, March 28, 2011

On Ukrainian ‘national assets’, ‘hot’ wives in New Zealand, and topless protesters

After my blog post on FEMEN I've been invited to write a guest column about them for a New Zealand Metro magazine. It was dedicated to infamous NZ 'win a Ukrainian wife' radio competition that the girls recently protested  against... The piece is not much different from what I wrote on this blog earlier, but I thought I'd share it here nevertheless. 
p.s. If the headline seems slightly confusing it is because it refers to a well-known New Zealand film (or so I've been told :).




  2. @Tetyana Bohdanova

    Is it possible to access online your article in Metro Magazine? The only website for NZ Metro Magazine that I found provides no links to your article. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  3. @James Stanhope:
    Thank you for your interest. I don't think the magazine can be accessed online. However, the image I included in this post is my column as it was published in the Metro. Try enlarging it, and you will be able to read the text.
    Please do let me know what you think of it.

  4. @Tetyana Bohdanova

    I just read your Metro Magazine article by enlarging it as you suggested. As you noted in your above blogpost, the magazine article closely replicates your blogpost about FEMEN, which is fine. But in the magazine article, your English prose style is much more polished and idiomatic, which is especially impressive considering that English is an acquired language for you. Congratulations on an excellent article.

  5. @Tetyana Bohdanova

    I just wanted to add that I basically agree with the points you made about FEMEN both in your blogpost and in your magazine article.

    FEMEN's thinly-veiled self-promotion undermines the image of dissent in Ukraine. Since FEMEN's stunts are always in the news, FEMEN's opportunism has gradually become the image of protest in Ukraine, leading audiences to question the stature of any Ukrainian protest.

    If FEMEN really wanted call attention to the state of Ukrainian society and government, they would minimize the number of their stunts and narrow their focus to sex tourism, especially in light of the upcoming 2012 Euro Finals in Ukraine.

    That's how I see it, anyway. Again, congratulations on a great article and great blogpost.