Can women’s underwear overthrow a brutal, authoritarian regime? Yes, says the group Panties for Peace, which is urging women to send panties to their nearest Burmese embassy or consulate. The panties represent a symbolic insult to the military junta whose members are not just brutal; they are also very superstitious, believing that any contact with a woman’s underwear—clean or dirty—will drain away their power.
The Guardian reports that panties have been delivered to Burmese embassies in the UK, Thailand, Australia and Singapore. The group urges women to deliver panties in person, send them through the mail, or simply fling them at the embassies.
Since the Burmese junta seems impervious to international pressure, let’s hope this panty campaign gets the message across to them.