A field naturalist wearing only panties and an ankle length blond wig rode a horse through downtown Vancouver Monday in a Lady Godiva-style protest against logging on Saltspring Island.
Briony Penn, five more bare-breasted women and another 30-odd demonstrators became a traffic-stopping sight for more than an hour as they circled the city block around the Howe Street offices of Texada Land Corp. four times.
Penn said their action was the result of desperation.
"We've tried everything to raise awareness about endangered ecosystems, but they won't listen to the scientists and they won't listen to the people," said Penn, 40, who has a doctorate in geography.
"So we're exploiting the media, taking our clothes off. And look at all of you."
More than a dozen television camera operators, newspaper photographers and reporters encircled the 40-year-old woman on the horse.
"I've got a PhD and no one listens," she declared. "I take my clothes off, and here you all are. So thank you."
Now I know what my NDP friends would say, a real progressive wouldn't have worn panties ;)