“Careful Now Boys, Imelda’s Coming”


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Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. writes:

“One month after knickerbombing Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. have announced that, in their quest to creatively publicise the urgent need for reproductive justice on the island of Ireland, they next plan to visit Minister Leo Varadkar, Northern Irish Minister Jim Wells, Pope Francis and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin – since all of these these prominent political and religious figures hold anti-choice positions.”

“With this #knickersforchoice campaign, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. continues to subversively undermine the “po-faced statemanship” of Irish and Northern Irish politicians regarding the barbaric lack of reproductive justice in Ireland. The campaign achieves this by symbolically plucking underwear – and its close associations with the individual’s genitalia – from the private into the public sphere to highlight how governments and religious groups in the north and south of Ireland are dangerously intruding upon pregnant people’s rights to bodily and personal autonomy.”

Thanks I.M.E.L.D.A.

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62 thoughts on ““Careful Now Boys, Imelda’s Coming”

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    The knickers thing is ridiculous. A garment with sexual connotations is not doing your cause any good and few will take your campaign seriously. Just some advice.

    1. Drogg

      Almost everyone wears underwear so saying all Knickers have “sexual connotations” is a bit juvenile.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        I didn’t say all. Throwing women’s knickers into someone’s face is juvenile. Especially if that is the person to whom you are appealing for legislative input.

        1. Drogg

          Well all off the above have been very good at ignoring calls for reproductive rights so a campaign of shock and awe by I.M.E.L.D.A. has brought there campaign much needed attention. Like look at all of us here talking about them and i am sure after they delivered a pair of underwear to Enda’s plate in london that they got plenty of people talking about them in leinster house.

          1. rotide

            Remeber that time that Enda’s secretary replied to their knickers letter?

            Oh it was shock AND awe!

          2. rotide

            ‘start’ talking about it?

            Do you really think that this subject hasn’t been a matter of debate since the 80’s at least?

          3. rotide

            Just looked it up and surprisingly the definition of debate in my dictionary isn’t :
            “Everyone must agree with Mark Dennehy”

            Must be an old edition alright.

          4. Mark Dennehy

            Did it say “Everyone must agree with the Roman Catholic Church”? Because that’s what we’ve had in place of actual debate for the last few decades.
            Scientific study and physical evidence, informed reasoned argument about legal rights and constitutional law, a social debate on whether we trust 50% of our population or not; we had none of those things.

    2. rotide

      Everything they do is ridiculous.

      The cause might be worth fighting for but the manner in which they go about everything they do is consistantly cringeworthy

    3. Mark Dennehy

      Hoop would be right…
      …if people were all being adults and talking about the issue instead of saying stupid things like “Oh, no referendum ‘cos we think we know what the people want” and so forth.
      They’re not.
      So Hoop’s wrong. And campaigns like this one then become necessary.

  2. missred

    I’m not hugely taken with the knickers thing, but I will not discourage them. Would love to see the face of that cretin Jim Wells when he opens up an envelope of pants though

  3. rotide

    With this #knickersforchoice campaign, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. continues to subversively undermine the “po-faced statemanship” of Irish and Northern Irish politicians

    Keep telling yourselves that. Subversive, ffs.

  4. andyourpointiswhatexactly

    “underwear – and its close associations with the individual’s genitalia”

    WTAF? Really?
    I don’t think this is creative: I think it’s childish. It’s really more relevant to Tom Jones and Dickie Rock, isn’t it? Bleurgh.

  5. Caroline

    I like this campaign. But then I’m a fan of fighting stupid with stupider, and it’s not for everyone. It’s supposed to make people uncomfortable without overt aggression. And it’s much more innovative than standing around in the rain outside Hawkins House – though whether it will actually be more effective is debatable.

    1. Don Pidgeoni

      Yup. Protest should take all forms – from petitions and placards and marches to throwing pants. If that’s what it takes, then I’m behind it.

  6. Simon Simcard

    The campaign would be more effective if the knickers were stained. I’d say some of those ladies would have no trouble wiping off a huge skidmark onto the gusset.

          1. Don Pidgeoni

            Why don’t you and Skidmark go make you won subversive theatre group and protest against the banks?

          2. Simon Simcard

            Sadly it seems, attention solely from Don Pigeon Droppings. Anyway, it was you who suggested forming a subversive group. I’m merely suggesting the addition of Don Pigeon Droppings. Can’t you even follow your own comment thread? Like changing Simcard to Skidmark and then when Pidgeoni is transformed to Pigeon saying that it didn’t apply because your name was Pidgeoni and not Pigeon. Are you a tad slow, by any chance? Or perhaps twelve?

  7. figleaf

    Yes, we should all keep talking sensibly about legalising abortion in Ireland for another 100 years. Look how far it’s got us so far. Result.
    Knickers being put on plate infront of Enda Kenny at a FG fundraiser in London was ACE.
    These women have stepped away from behind their keyboards and bravely put themselves in situations most of you wouldn’t (being at a FG fundraiser was brave in itself! Imagine the barf they had to listen to).
    Big up to the women involved in Imelda, brave women actually planning, getting out there and DOING something to bring publicity to the stupidity of Irish Laws on abortion.

    1. Mark Dennehy

      Talking would be grand.
      “So, should we hold the referendum in January or February”, for example. That’d be fine.

      It’s waffling that’s the problem…

    2. rotide

      So will they be moving back to Ireland if/when the abortion laws get changed?

      No, I didnt think so.

      Maybe they can do some some more avant garde subversive theatre to change our corporate tax laws to help all of us poor fools still stuck in the homeland.

      1. Don Pidgeoni

        What difference does it make if they move back or not? That’s like saying people who protest against the Israeli/Palestine better be prepared to move there if things ever settle down.

        Why should they protest about banks? What they stand for is pretty clear if you read it.

      2. Lelu

        Why ask a question about someone else and then answer it yourself? The lack of safety when pregnant in Ireland is keeping many people from returning who would otherwise would.

  8. Zarathustra

    Not that I’ve really considered it before, but I didn’t know Leo Varadkar was ‘anti-choice’, I’m surprised.

  9. Gerry Johns

    It’s funny that they complain about “po-faced statesmanship” – considered how po-faced they are themselves.

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