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Pussy Riot’s New Video Answers ‘Where You From?’ With ‘Vagina!’

A year and half ago, the Russian feminist art collective Pussy Riot released their first English language song entitled “I Can’t Breathe”, a track against police brutality inspired by the murder of Eric Garner. They also appeared alongside members of the lesbian girl group Le Tigre in a season two episode of House of Cards. But apart from making a few other videos and appearing at Miami’s Art Basel event last December, Pussy Riot had been relatively quiet over the last year… until today.

Today they released a song called “Vagina” which asks, “Where you from?” and loudly answers back, “Vagina!” which is technically true in all cases. Here it is:

The video combines images of Russian Catholicism with the ski-masked Pussy Riot members brandishing their blue-haired pussies right in viewers’ faces. There’s even some female bodybuilders, gents in red stilettos, and female rappers Desi Mo and Leikeli47 — if your bar doesn’t turn it into a dance remix, they’re not doing their jobs.

The track also appeared on Adult Swim Singles 2016, a musical promotion where the 18+ animation channel highlights a new track each week. But while we understand that these videos are a type of cultural activism, we wonder whether the group will continue causing other types of trouble in Mother Russia.

And talking about ‘ginas, it’s interesting to know that Russian law allows for women to have abortions up to the 12th week of pregnancy but requires them to wait two to seven days beforehand so “the woman can reconsider”. The Russian Orthodox church has called for a nationwide abortion ban, and while legislators refuse to consider it, the church continues to expand its influence within Russia’s growing anti-abortion movement.