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Baba in 15 proverbs

Our women stopped being afraid of the word "perversion" and learned to pronounce the word "more". Blush, in perfectly fitting dresses, high heels, impeccable make-up, modest, smart and tactful in conversations.

“The woman ceased to be afraid of the word “perversion” - and thus completely frightened many men, reaching out for what they once talked to each other only in the men's bath. (...) Whether the women's team will win the men's one is hard to say, but it must be admitted that on the threshold of orgasm, women have learned to pronounce the word STILL in a firm voice, ”wrote Viktor Erofeev. But this is just literature.

If someone is traveling in Russia in the company of foreigners, and the conversation is not too cool, the most reliable thing is to start a small talk about Russian men and women. Women: Aphrodites of the East, who can enter from the street straight into the centerfold of any magazine. Blushed, in perfectly fitting dresses and stilettos (on which they move with grace on any surface), with impeccable makeup that emphasizes their beauty. And in addition, modest, smart and tactful in conversations. Men: Hobbit boots, Kronstadt sailor's hairstyle, jeans and leather jackets borrowed from Balabanov's heroes. They smoke cigarettes for 35 rubles. Most often not so stupid, but aggressive and dominant, suffering from megalomania.

The question of naive foreigners usually sounds like this: for whom is this excessive concern for appearance? The answer is simple: for these not-too-smart-looking megalomaniacs, who are 10 million fewer in Russia.

Artist Alexei Chernigin

Proverb No. 1: A woman has long hair, but her mind is short

The English-speaking Internet is bursting at the seams from sites, where Russian women are looking for the love of their life or “at least” a husband abroad. These portals have made Russian women (however, like Belarusians and Ukrainians) bad publicity in the world. They fixed the image of beautiful, but cheap, desperate and impoverished leeches (or prostitutes) from the East, who hunt for thick wallets with currency. Half the pages are fakes with model photos and paid registration, where for less than $10 you can buy advice books like “The shocking truth: what kind of sex do Russian women like?”. However, because of such sites, Americans, British or French perceive Russian women as beings who are ready to marry anyone, just to escape from a poor country.

Many Russian women are actually looking for a partner abroad, this is a sociological fact. In the last few decades, many marriage offices have appeared connecting couples on the Russia-West line. Only the main motive driving Russian women is demographic disproportions, and not poverty or hatred of their own country. For every 1,159 women, they have only 1,000 men, while in the age group over 40 this ratio is 10 to 1. The only region where more men live is Chukotka with a population of 90 thousand people.

If in the USSR the lack of testosterone was easily explained by the Gulags, losses in the civil and Great Patriotic Wars, then since the second half of the 20th century, reality can be expressed as a black joke: more boys are born than girls (100 to 106) so that when they grow up, more of them can die. Most often in poverty, from a heart attack, cancer, AIDS, because of vodka, cigarettes, negligence at work or simply as a result of suicide (six times more likely than women). The average life expectancy for Russian women is 75 years, while for Russians it is 63. In the case of the latter, the situation looks worse only in the poorest, war-torn countries of Africa, as well as Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.

However, gender imbalance does not explain everything. The number of singles on both sides of the barricade is similar: 17.6 single women and 17.2 million single men. If you subtract lesbians, old women, widows, pathological groups (for example, drug addicts), mentally ill people and women who cannot find a life partner for other reasons, it is clear that at least several million women do not consciously enter into stable relationships with the opposite sex, which Irina Zhuravleva from the Federal State Statistics Service summed up rather harshly: “Women never wanted to marry drunkards, so that later they could go through the pain of separation and share real estate.” And if you add guest workers, the number of potential suitors will be several million more...

Disproportions are more noticeable in large cities. More than three million single women live in Moscow, which, according to Erofeev, quoted above, in the context of Putin's conservative revolution, leads to a comic effect: “Many European sociologists believe that Moscow is the capital of lesbian love. After a night at the disco, they have nowhere to go and no one to go with, so they leave with each other. It's very popular here. The first scientific works on this topic are already appearing.

So, in the loneliness of Russian women, deficit, sexual preponderance, expectations, tragic history, free will and harsh reality are intertwined.

Proverb No. 2: Beat a woman with a hammer - there will be a woman with gold

Attempts to capture the essence of a Russian woman have been made many times, especially in fiction. The heroines of Alexander Pushkin are faithful, virtuous, romantic and strong at the same time. With Nikolai Nekrasov, the wives of the Decembrists leave secular salons to follow their husbands to Siberia. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Grushenka and Sonya suffer next to men who have endured severe trials so that they can be born again. Anna Karenina was the first woman to sacrifice her family for her personal happiness. Later, revolutionaries (Maxim Gorky), workers (literature in the service of socialism) and camp prisoners (Varlam Shalamov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn) became heroines who embodied the image of a modern Russian woman.

More than once they tried to fit the Russian element into the female image. “Russia is a woman” is a common cliché. Within the framework of this conventional paradigm, Russia would have to act as a matron - full of love, but domineering and cruel (for example, like the symbolic grandmother Lida from the book “Bury Me Behind the Plinth”) or a woman with a dramatic experience, terrorized by her own or strangers. Polish intellectuals love to quote Dmitry Merezhkovsky's phrase that “Russia is very feminine, but she has never had a husband. She was raped by Tatars, tsars, Bolsheviks. Poland could be the only husband for Russia. But Poland was too weak.”

At the same time, art is separate, and society is separate, which Russian proverbs embody in a tragicomic way. Once again Erofeev: “Proverbs crushed a woman as a person. She became the subject of ridicule and humiliation. She also lost her status as a woman. She turned into a woman, that is, she was defined by a contemptuous word, untranslatable into most foreign languages. The entire corpus of Russian folk wisdom is saturated with mocking misogyny.

We should not forget about the violence within the family, which is deeply rooted in the Russian people. Stanislaw Cat-Mackiewicz wrote: “Battered and defenseless people took out their anger on even more defenseless creatures. A beaten man beat his wife, a beaten wife of a man beat his child. Family life in Russia is tough and painful.”

But there is a third, most important level - state power. The theme of women is reminiscent of the concept of the Russian system formulated in the 1990s by Yuri Pivovarov and Andrei Fursov. The system consists of three elements: superfluous people, power and population. In an interview Pivovarov gave to Philip Memches, he explained: “We have described it [authority] as a mono-subject, that is, the only subject present in Russian history. The second element is the population: a population deprived of social independence, which does not play a significant role in the historical process. We met with accusations of spreading Russophobic stereotypes, but this is the result of sober observation.” In particular, the 20th century, when one can generally start talking about the "women's issue" in Russia, shows that Russian women were (and remain?) only an object of the policy of the next leaders.

Artist Alexei Chernigin

Proverb No. 3: A chicken cannot be a rooster, but a woman cannot be a man

Immediately after the revolution, the Bolsheviks set themselves the goal of creating new person. “The solution of the women's issue” (such a formulation existed in the party lexicon) meant at first communist education, and then an increase in the activity of women in the struggle for socialism. In order to reverse the passivity of Russian women, special "women's councils" were created to work with women, headed by the world's first female minister, Alexandra Kollontai.

In the course of the construction of the new state, Lenin stated that not a single government had done even half of what the Soviet one did in a few months after the revolution. From a formal point of view, he was right. The Constitution of 1918 guaranteed equality of rights for men and women and endowed the latter with the right to vote (at that time it was the case only in three states in the world). Women were able to keep their surnames, and issues of recognition of paternity and alimony were transferred to the jurisdiction of the relevant authorities. Abortions were allowed, the divorce procedure was simplified (it could even be obtained by mail), pregnant women received paid leave, and legitimate and illegitimate children were given equal rights. In the 1920s, the number of women with higher education increased significantly, and at the same time the number of illiterates decreased.

There was a heavy price to pay for this. In addition to the fact that many rights remained exclusively on paper, there was a politicization of personal life. The party entered the role of a lay church, setting new moral standards for women and their families. The 1920s were the introduction to the control of private life by the Stalinist state.

In the 1930s, the USSR entered the phase of “total androgyny”. The women's issue was considered resolved, now it was necessary to involve women in the implementation of the five-year plans and force them to give birth to children. Stanford University researcher Dorothy Atkinson wrote: “A woman was expected to work in a factory like a machine and give birth at home like a cow.” To do this, the state took over the upbringing of children, supported the migration of girls from the countryside to the cities and engaged in their employment in factories and collective farms. Symbolic was the appearance of women in male professions: driver, tractor driver, machinist.

At the same time, the sexual revolution of the previous decade was abandoned. Access to abortions and contraceptives was restricted, and divorce procedures were made more difficult. All in order to increase the natural growth of the population, which, however, failed. In addition, thanks to communal apartments, total collectivization took place and control over family life was established. The private sphere is gone. Residents of communal apartments did everything together, at the same time denouncing each other.

Proverb No. 4: A woman rides back and forth, but things go on as usual

Although now “Khrushchev” causes an ironic smile, after the Stalin era they meant a return to autonomy family, intimacy and at least relative freedom in raising children. True, young families, for financial reasons, continued to live with their parents, and grandparents, due to the fact that their parents did not have time, took care of their grandchildren, the Russians freed themselves from collective existence. During the reign of Nikita Khrushchev, partial liberalization also took place, for example, the right to abortion returned, although in order to discourage the desire to do it, the operation was carried out without anesthesia and painkillers.

During the Khrushchev and Brezhnev eras, the state introduced an assistance program for single mothers, divorced women, and pregnant women. It was not only an element of the policy of increasing the birth rate, but also a new ideological project in the world of the "working mother". In the 1970s, new propaganda was turned to encourage women to take less active part in public life and to promote the traditional role of mother in order to "bring women back into the family". But because they could not and did not want to give up work, they had to work twice as hard as men (work + home + children), which left them less time for professional development.

However, the advent of the concept of "working mother" was paired with the action of "anti-feminization of men." In addition to trying to distract them from alcohol and unhealthy lifestyles, a massive cult of masculinity was proclaimed. The heroes of the Great Patriotic War were extolled, examples of real masculinity and male friendship were promoted, even Hollywood cowboys were allowed to be shown. Propaganda urged men to improve their skills and be faithful in marriage. At the same time, they became specially protected creatures: the responsibility for their physical and mental health was assigned to women as the guardians of a healthy family. The neck should no longer only turn its head, but also think for it.

Artist Sergey Reznichenko

Proverb No. 5: Know, woman, your crooked spindle

During the perestroika period, politics was reoriented towards the traditional separating male and female roles and encouraging Russian women to return home. Back in the late 1970s, they were allowed what is now called a part-time job. More importantly, special family consultations appeared, where spouses were given free advice, and family life lessons began in schools. The role of psychologists has also increased, telling what each sex needs to create a healthy family (it was understood: how to stop the avalanche of divorces and the fall in the birth rate).

The policy of the USSR during the perestroika period is best illustrated by the words from Gorbachev's speech in 1987: “We have lost sight of the specific rights and needs of a woman associated with her role as a mother, mistress of the family, her irreplaceable function of raising children. A woman employed at a construction site, in production, in the service sector, in science, absorbed in creative work, simply did not have enough time for the most everyday things (...). And it turned out that many troubles (...) are associated with the weakening of family ties. This is the paradox that occurred, although we had (...) the desire to equalize a woman with a man in everything. But this omission, which became, as it were, a continuation of the virtues of society, we began to correct in the course of perestroika. And therefore, now we are discussing sharply and passionately in the press (...) the question of how to fully return to a woman her true feminine destiny.

Artist Alexei Chernigin

Proverb No. 6: Death came for a woman, do not point to grandfather

In the 90s of the last century there was a real tragedy. The state ceased to exist, in fact, shifting all its former functions to men. And they, in turn, due to the economic situation, were not able to withstand such a load. They began to drink and die much more often than before the collapse of the USSR. And women paid dearly for it. The number of prostitutes on the streets, single mothers (only 12% of fathers paid child support), rapes and murders on sexual grounds increased. The victims of the liquidation or restructuring of state-owned enterprises were mainly women (in 1995 they left 70% of the unemployed), 65% of marriages broke up. In addition, a 1992 law prohibited women under 35 from working in the agricultural and livestock industries if pesticides or toxic chemicals were used in the enterprises. The Moscow Times wrote: "The Minister of Labor turned back the clock (...), giving a signal to women: stay at home, raise children, take care of the household and leave the work to men."

Much has already been written about the politics of the Vladimir Putin era. In short, we can say that this is a continuation of the fight against the "damned problem" of reducing natural population growth.

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In the last 10 years pro-family policy has grown to impressive proportions. In particular, a one-time allowance for the birth of a child in the amount of 13.7 thousand rubles, maternity capital (about 430 thousand rubles), gubernatorial and regional payments, paid leave to care for a child up to 4.5 years old, which can be used, including, fathers or legal guardians (470 million rubles were allocated for this purpose this year). Several thousand kindergartens have also been built, although they are still lacking. To this one should add a "conservative revolution", although at the moment it is difficult to say what it will mean and how it is related to women themselves.

Proverb No. 7: The woman did not find a man, she married a block of wood

However, putting aside the image of women in literature, folk misogyny and the instrumental approach of the state, one should first ask the question, what do modern Russian women do, what do they want, why do they win and whether they will finally get full independence.

When viewed through the prism of Western standards, it seems that there is no worse place for a woman to live than Russia. More female ministers can be found in Iran, only 37% are ready to see a woman as president, there is no clause on gender equality in the constitution, and there is not a single Russian woman in the ranking of the richest and most influential women in the world, while Putin, Lavrov and oligarchs feel great. The only problem is that Russian women themselves do not suffer from this and are not fond of Western feminism.

Proverb No. 8: A dog is smarter than a woman: he does not bark at his master

The presence of Russian women in top-level politics looks disappointing: despite the hopes that in 1993 aroused 11% the votes received by the Women of Russia party and its entry into the Duma, now there are only 14% of women in the lower house of parliament. And the situation is not at all improved by the fact that the most influential, according to the media, Russian woman, Valentina Matvienko, has become the chairman of the Federation Council. One can only caustically add that the communists of Gennady Zyuganov, who are the loudest in demanding equality, referring to the glorious Soviet past, have only one woman deputy. United Russia has the most of them - as much as 19%.

Out of 32 ministers, only two are women. The first is Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, who was once the right hand of Mikhail Prokhorov, and then a subordinate of Yuri Luzhkov and Sergei Sobyanin. In the current government, she is among the highest paid employees and owns two apartments and a summer house in Italy and Switzerland. The second is Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, who has been in office for the sixth year. This is a typical representative of the Russian intelligentsia: the owner of a modest Moscow apartment with an area of ​​​​38 square meters.meters, in her spare time engaged in research on new ways to treat stroke. During government meetings, she twice provided first aid.

The situation in the presidential administration looks worse, where only 4% of women are women. It is said that Putin is not a big supporter of the idea of ​​gender equality. Olga Kryshtanovskaya of the Achievers movement recalls: “I told Putin about our women’s association, he didn’t like the idea.” The facts speak for themselves. After 2004, the Government Committee on Women's Affairs was liquidated, as well as the Commission on Women, Family and Demography under the President.

The last candidate for the presidency was Irina Khakamada. In 2004, she received 4% of the vote. In interviews, she spoke many times about the difficulties she faced as a woman in raising funds for the campaign. Of course, in addition to belonging to the female gender, the fact that the former women's party and feminists became close to the hated liberals from the Yabloko party played an important role.

In Russian politics, there is a phenomenon inherited from the USSR. Since the 1960s, the majority of second and third echelon positions in ministries have been held by women, and in the Ministry of Health there were 77% of them. It looked like the situation in the CPSU. If the Politburo was a reserve of gray suits, then the middle link and the near-Party organizations remained open. According to various sources, now more than 50% of the employees of all ministries are women: middle-level employees. Although the situation looks better at the regional and municipal level, a similar phenomenon is repeated there.

Proverb No. 9: A woman sweeps her tail, but no one believes her

If they are not in politics, then what are Russian women doing in the professional sphere, if, according to the data World Bank, the share of working women is 69%? If at the end of the 1980s 92% of women worked in the USSR, now they make up 47% of the labor market (33.7 million). They predominate in healthcare (85%), education (81%), banking (78%) and accounting (75%). The least of them are in the energy and mining sectors, agriculture, areas related to transport and real estate. They earn 36% less than men.

Already in the days of the USSR, universities with a high level of training became a springboard for improving their position in society for women. The teacher had a high status and was respected. This mechanism has survived to this day. In terms of the number of female professors and teachers, Russia is even ahead of the Scandinavian countries. It is true that the most talented male scientists are said to have gone abroad, but such an approach is insulting to women, who since the 1930s have become an essential component of the world-wide respected Russian, both technical and humanitarian intelligentsia. The problem appears when we approach decision-making structures: among the members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, only 2% are women.

“The only public sphere in our country that men are willing to give up to women is philanthropy,” wrote RBC-TV employee Alina Evstigneeva. It's true: in the non-governmental sector of Russia, they occupy a dominant position. 80% of St. Petersburg NPOs are activists, and the proportions in the number of directors of both sexes of the largest non-profit organizations in the country look the same. At the same time, one should not forget that most of them do not work from 9 to 17, and their employees do not receive salaries from foreign grants. They work on the principle of volunteering after their main job.

Proverb No. 10: A woman cries - she pleases her temper

The process of gaining independence by Russian women, in addition to science and philanthropy, is noticeable in business. While, as in Poland, women's organizations rightly complain about low wages, sexual harassment, and employers not wanting to hire women in their 25s and 30s for fear they might decide to have a baby, the economic growth and free market of the Putin era have made it possible women to build a career regardless of male power.

In June of this year, the results of a study conducted by the consulting and audit company Grant Thornton were published, which showed that Russia ranks first in the world in terms of the number of women top managers (43%). Followed by Latvia, Indonesia, Philippines and Lithuania. Some doubts may arise about these figures, since many businessmen transfer companies to their wives and mistresses (although this is not only a Russian practice), and a one-employee hairdresser or an online store selling environmental products already makes a woman a top manager.

This is in line with statistics that show that almost half of small businesses are run by women, while medium-sized businesses are “only” 22%. The big ones are almost non-existent. However, this indicator remains very promising, as it shows that Russian women are taking matters into their own hands. By opening their own firms, even as individual entrepreneurs, they are gradually turning into the salt of small Russian business. They are already talking about their dominance in this sector: not only because of the numbers, but also because of their initiative, mobility, elasticity, openness, good knowledge of foreign languages. Besides, how to explain the results of the PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which shows that 60% of CFOs in business are women? No one transfers these positions to relatives and does not inherit them, they are obtained thanks to qualifications, knowledge and experience gained.

The success of women in business has led sociologists (for about 15 years) to describe certain types of Russian businesswomen who have changed the social structure of the entire country. Here are three of them.

Female entrepreneur, about 36 years old, with a good education (economics or humanities), married, one or two children (research shows that Russian women with children achieve great success in business). She works hard (62 hours a week), is not afraid of risk and responsibility. Earning about 40 thousand rubles a month, she becomes the head of the family. Prefers the method of collective management.

Female performer, 32 years old, higher technical education, married, has children, often lives with parents. She is dissatisfied with her salary (almost half of the family budget), so her work rather interferes with her, does not allow her to do household chores. Uses a conflict-free management method.

Female director, aged 32, often divorced and childless. Well educated, constantly improving her skills. Lives work and earns well. The male leadership style prevails.

Proverb No. 11: Women repent, girls are going to get married

The success of Russian women in business should be spoken aloud for at least three reasons. Firstly, most often they write only about the richest ladies, in addition, they often received a fortune from their spouse. Elena Baturina, the wife of Yuri Luzhkov, who, along with her husband, is accused of fraud, flashes in the news; Polina Deripaska Nowa Europa Wschodnia, head of Forward Media Group and wife of Oleg Deripaska, one of the richest people in the world; or Daria Zhukova, director of the popular Garage art gallery, partner of Roman Abramovich. They talk less about rich women who have created a fortune from scratch, for example, about Natalya Kasperskaya, the owner of InfoWatch, Bella Zlatkis, deputy chairman of Sberbank, Olga Dergunova, president of Microsoft in Russia and board member of VTB Bank. But it would be better if the hereditary rich and self-made women were not talked about at all, because they in no way reflect the real changes taking place in society. And the real change is that female managers are the smallest middle class in Russia and the most mobile group.

Secondly, this topic deserves discussion, since Russian women see the way to independence in education and career, and moreover, this view of the world is also transmitted to the male part of the population.64% of Russians believe that a woman needs an education and a good job, and only 27% see her welfare prospect in a wealthy husband. Now 55% of young Russian women have a university degree, and 40% say they want to work, even if their husband makes good money.

Thirdly, in addition to gaining independence by Russian women, this phenomenon means one more thing: an increase in Russian development potential. Macroeconomist Natalya Orlova from Alfa-Bank says: “Women in Russia are trying to do business on principle, to follow its rules, not to use personal contacts. From this one could conclude that they are less corrupt, but I would not talk about such a direct connection.” Of course, it would be naive to place hopes on Russian women for the moral recovery of the state, but the feeling that success is associated with hard work, and not just a thick envelope and appropriate connections, is a huge social capital.

Proverb No. 12: A woman's heart is like a cauldron boiling

From the numerous sociological studies conducted in Russia, the following image of the desires and psychological state of Russian women emerges: the most important thing for them is this is a family, and if they feel happy in it (and most often they are), then they do not notice injustices around them and do not feel discrimination. They believe that family relationships should be based on love, have a romantic nature and have unrealistic expectations. They are ready to love the men with whom they have a relationship, if they are soft, compliant, fair, faithful, educated, provide for the family and take care of it. Russian women value intelligence much more than sexual opportunities. They are worried about the safety of the children. When they stop worrying, working, washing and cleaning, then they watch TV, go for a walk or meet with acquaintances. But they have very little time left for this, because household and professional duties take up 76.3 hours a week. If they spend 40 hours at work, then more than 5 every day is spent on cleaning, cooking, shopping and taking care of children. If you sleep 6 hours and spend 2 hours commuting to and from work, you will have 180 minutes left for yourself. However, this does not upset women: if their family life is going well, they do not complain.

Therefore, Russian women will not be seduced by feminism either now or later. It would be good for us to understand this. They, of course, know little about him, but instinctively feel that he will not improve their status. At the present stage of their life and the historical development of Russia, they need, first of all, prosperity, a responsible and loving husband, and (after communist-capitalist experiments) - peace of mind. They do not think about the women's revolution, however, they are allergic to this word. The term “gender equality” also sounds a little ominous to them: they heard enough about it during the entire Soviet period, and then in the 90s.

Stanford University researcher Lisa Sundstrom described Russian women's attitudes towards feminism as follows: “Russian women believe that feminist organizations consist of radical single women, perhaps lesbians. They interpret feminism as the unification of the sexes, erasing the differences between them in the spirit of Soviet ideology. At the same time, they consider non-feminist women's organizations to continue the women's councils, part of the nomenklatura, and believe that they are not interested in solving the real problems of women.

Proverb No. 13: The woman was angry at the market, but the market did not notice it

“The real problems of women” are the essence of the matter, because feminists are completely cut off from society and, most importantly, from Russian women. The main reason for this lies in the fact that foreign grantees support projects that do not correspond well with reality. Lisa Standstrom notes: “For them, gender research centers or crisis centers are much more important than organizations that teach women new skills in the labor market. US grantmakers, the largest in Russia, support top-down action instead of demanding the opposite. In the 1990s, the emphasis was on organizing conferences for NGOs, developing their infrastructure, that is, networking, mailing lists, websites.” Worse, only 20% of women's organizations collaborate with educational institutions and only 23% take part in any charitable activities! The rest limit their work to internal meetings, training and research. There is either a wall of misunderstanding between Russian women and women's organizations, or they don't know about each other at all.

In addition, since 2011, feminism in Russia has acquired the face of Pussy Riot. Girls dressed in yellow and purple masks, offering a Scandinavian social model, shouting “God's shit” and “Mother of God, become a feminist” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior - this is perhaps the worst thing that could be done for feminism. The aggression of Pussy Riot will never incline their compatriots to the feminist side. On the contrary: instead of fighting for the rights of women, they will see in him simple hooliganism and adventurism.

Therefore, only 6% of Russians supported the group, and 41% felt strong antipathy towards it. And although everyone considered two years of camps to be too harsh a punishment, 86% of citizens wanted the girls to be punished in some way.

Proverb No. 14: Forty years is a woman's age, forty-five is a woman's berry again

The words of Erofeev quoted at the beginning of the article should be understood either more broadly or with some caution. Russian women are indeed very sexually active (although Russia fell from first to third place this year), but Russian women remain conservative. They expect to see a strong hand outstretched as they get off the bus, and their man must be good with a hammer, and at the same time be decisive and caring. Unlike French or Swedish women, a Russian woman will not offer to go to bed after the first date. The chess of women's and men's games lasts much longer for her. After all, she wants family happiness, so she checks candidates much more carefully. And the orgasm can wait.

But the Russians demanded another STILL. This “yet” means that they do not want to be treated as a subject, they strive to receive a decent reward for their hard work, and they do not accept the state teaching them how to raise children. The last one has already been done. The second is at least half. As for the first, if Fursov and Pivovarov are right, then they will either remain an object or turn into a mono-subject. And since, as Nekrasov wrote, they are able to stop a galloping horse, why not the history of Russia? And if it doesn't work?

Proverb No. 15: A woman with a cart, a mare is easier.

Author: Kuba Benedychak