Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents: How the World Misunderstands Pussy Riot

 Sarah Kendzior writes for The Atlantic about how the western media “has reduced these Russian dissidents to more familiar narratives of youthful rebellion or damsels in distress, missing their entire point and adopting Moscow’s own language.” According to many western journalists, “[t]he three members of Pussy Riot are ‘girls, despite the fact that all of them are in their 20s and two are mothers. They are ‘punkettes,’ diminutive variations on a 1990s indie-rock prototype that has little resemblance to Pussy Riot’s own trajectory as independent artists and activists.”

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