Expectations are low, which is dangerous, because low expectations automatically mean complacency on part of leaders.
Ukraine, lately, has not seemed to be particularly hospitable to actual people.
“A feminist woman doesn’t need a superhero.”
“The boys and girls who are getting drunk on the sidewalk in the morning, they’re not the marginalized ones.”
“I’m curious, what do you make of straight men who get turned on by the sight of two attractive women kissing?”
“Showing off your boobs and getting a free drink is promoted as the pinnacle of womanly achievement.”
“We’re also trying to change the famous stereotype of ‘if he hits you, he loves you.’ Abuse is not an expression of love.”
What I keep coming back to, however, isn’t the mystery of Estemirova’s death, but that which is most obvious about it.
While the news of Michael Jackson’s death has already caused an explosion of Twitter, I was tempted to go back to a June 5th advice column by Salon’s Cary Tennis.
Relations with Russia, the EU and the United States take a backseat to the more immediate problems facing Ukraine at this juncture.