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Thursday, October 11, 2007

First They Came for the Thong Panty Liners…

posted by on October 11 at 18:00 PM

…and I didn’t speak up because—wait a minute. Thong panty liners? I’ve never heard of thong panty liners and they’ve already come for them? Anyway, an artist in Colorado Springs is being censored—CENSORED, PEOPLE!—because The Man, or someone, doesn’t dig her thong panty liner art.

The piece is called “Freedom,” and it seems that the Powers That Be hate artist Jocely Nevel’s freedom. A lot. Newspeakblog is all over it.

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You do like the sex stuff.

Now why has your publication got silent on the McIver arrest?

Posted by Cat got your tongue, Dan? | October 11, 2007 6:10 PM

They look like foot steps... They don't seem terribly offensive since the shape really is like a foot.
I suppose if they were like big, fat, bulky kotex pads I would think differently.

Posted by mj | October 11, 2007 6:23 PM

I too am offended at the sight of these!

If I wanted to see a bunch of "mouse pillows" on display, I'd go to - um, go to, er - my nearest grocery/convenience/drugstore and walk down the "feminine hygiene" aisle, which is only place where such affronts to my delicate sensibilities should be properly confined!

Posted by COMTE | October 11, 2007 6:29 PM

This art is ookie. Feminine product-thingies are scary.

Posted by Michigan Matt | October 11, 2007 6:35 PM

You guys crack me up.

Posted by Amelia | October 11, 2007 7:00 PM

Wait a minute. Perhaps it's because my exposure to vaginas ended at birth, but it seems to me that a thong panty liner probably wouldn't do a good job of keeping pants clean, particularly on heavy flow days.

Posted by Gitai | October 11, 2007 7:11 PM

I asked some people on the street what they thought the art was today when I was covering this "controversy" and one really amazing guy said, "They look like chicken wings to me!" When I told him they were panty liners he said, "I don't know about that chicken wing thing I just said." Brilliant!

Posted by Noel Black | October 11, 2007 9:25 PM

The video link referenced in this comment posted on the Newspeakblog site ...

"yeah they wouldn't let me put this video in the window at 125 Bijou because it would "scare little children". Being the charlatan that I am, I chose to submit a different video." (link is "")

Actually really is scary - and yet hypnotic. It also contains some omic-like synthetic "music."

Posted by chas Redmond | October 11, 2007 9:40 PM


I think the idea is to wear them with a tampon, in case of any minor leakage.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 11, 2007 9:48 PM

I like thongs. I like thong panty-liners. I find both to be comfortable and useful in the right moments. Women who say they aren't comfortable must have a different type of tush than I do.

But yes... not for heavy flow days.

Posted by RebeccaA | October 11, 2007 10:01 PM

i don't even want to see feminine hygiene products on tv, let alone plastered to a window. and i don't even want to contemplate thongs, let alone thong liners. gawd. free speech sure can be hard to defend sometimes, huh?

Posted by ellarosa | October 11, 2007 11:02 PM

It's good to see one thing hasn't changed about Colorado Springs since I was there for college in the early 90's... abundant street parking.

Posted by Brian | October 11, 2007 11:46 PM

Very Clever Brian. How have we survive without such wit? Do you often post blanket statements about cities you know nothing about?

Posted by E. Gadolen | October 12, 2007 2:55 AM

Stories like this almost make me want to move back to Iowa, open a coffee shop, and do shocking, provacative, artsy things that will inspire the young and offend the sacred cows.


Posted by catalina vel-duray | October 12, 2007 6:46 AM

People really can be shocked by anything, can't they? I could understand the outrage if these were used panty liners, because that would be a health problem. But new ones... c'mon, people, they're just cotton pads with tape on the back. What's the big deal?

Posted by Greg | October 12, 2007 7:56 AM

OK, get Mudede in here to philosophize about the juxtaposition of panty liners and sub sandwiches.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 12, 2007 8:07 AM

@14--it's actually one of the great joys of living in a conservative city. Shock and awe!

Posted by Noel Black | October 12, 2007 9:06 AM

Judy Chicago would be proud.

Posted by outahere | October 12, 2007 9:08 AM

How did Beauty vs. Ideology become the theme of this string? Look again. Is Ms. Nevel's work not beautiful? I know her work and it's always beautiful. That's what makes her such an effective polemicist. Check the URL above, documenting (poorly) the Chicago work and you'll get an idea.
If "Truth is Beauty," and Keat's words haunt us all with their radical profundity, then J.N. is one of those who plumbs beauty for truth and vice versa. (That's what the avant garde do.)

Posted by Erik, Albuquerque | October 12, 2007 1:26 PM

A project that uses art to distract from empty downtown storefronts has proved a little too distracting. Colorado Springs' Downtown Partnership started the "Visually Aesthetic Spaces" program in September. It fills empty shop windows with works by local artists. But one piece, called "Freedom," by Jocelyn Nevel was only up for 9 days before the building's owner asked that it be removed. Noel Black and Kate Dawson report.

Listen here:

Posted by suedebritches | October 12, 2007 6:19 PM

Springs Culture Cast ran a piece tonight as well. Watch the destruction of the work here -- a rare glimpse at the actual mechanics of censorship.

Posted by Klayton Elliot Kendall | October 12, 2007 8:55 PM

the funny thing about the thong pantyliners come to find out is my two friends were downtown outside the sub shop arguing about what they were, my one friend's argument being "they must be little subs, I mean it's a sub shop for chris'sake" and my other friend saying "no honey, they are pantiliners", you can imagine the rest. apparently it's still up.

it also cracks me up that Colorado Srings is all about trying to change their image to the rest of the nation, hence our big "diversity fair" Downtown, and yet we get national publicity about somebody wanting pantiliners removed from a shop window. yeah, they're fucked until they blow up Focus on the Family.

Posted by payntalong | October 13, 2007 3:57 PM

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