Humiliation nation

Naked protest

I’m adamantly opposed to the idea of invading Iraq, for moral, political and realpolitikal reasons. And like many people from all political stripes, I frequently complain about how Americans are too “apathetic” about “the issues of today” — and how they won’t get off their asses and do something about it. I’m a crank. I mean, I can be so insufferably earnest about this stuff that you’d want to punch me out.

But, I gotta admit, even I was wondering about the, uh, utility of this latest protest: “West Marin Women Strip For Peace.”

Apparently, a few dozen women in West Marin County stripped to the bare essentials yesterday to spell out the word PEACE on a damp, slightly rainy field. Of the photo of the event, the organizer said:

“I’m hoping it gets distributed so that the message gets across that women in America want peace,” said Clarkson. “I want to do everything I can to stop the war that’s impending.”

Marshall resident Donna Sheehan, who organized the group called “Unreasonable Women” for the photo, said she’s been pondering for four years a way women can “be heard on a very deep level.”

(The photo is by Art Rogers; the item comes courtesy Plastic, where there’s a predictably hilarious discussion going on. “If this is peace,” as one wit wrote, “call me a pacifist.”)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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