As the United States and European Union attempt to halt Russian aggression toward Ukraine with sanctions against members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, it seems Ukrainian women are threatening some of their own: They’re calling for a sex strike on Russian men.
A group of female activists launched a Facebook page to sell T-shirts that declare: “Don’t give it to a Russian.” They’re encouraging women to “fight the enemy by whatever means,” according to Global Voices, a website which translates Russian language media.
The official logo shows two hands clasped together along with “a verse from Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko’s 1838 poem ‘Kateryna’: ‘O lovely maidans, fall in love, but not with the Moskaly [the Russians],’” Global Voices noted. As of Tuesday, the Facebook page had more than 900 “likes.”
According to Global Voices, the concept of sex boycotts goes back nearly 2,500 years.
Although the campaign’s Facebook page is written primarily in Russian, one of the founding activists is Katerina Venzhik, an editor at the Ukrainian news site Delo.UA, according to the Atlantic. Venzhik lives in Kiev and, like a large majority of Ukrainians, speaks Russian.
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