Sexism in Russia
Russia is affected by sexism in many ways. Most of the sexism is towards women. Even after the end on communism 2 decades ago it still continues. In government jobs, men comment on how female diplomats are best suited for more lowly administrative work. In the community men states that women should not be driving on roads, “Women should not be behind the wheel because they are irresponsible and reckless. They're putting on lipstick." For them it's normal to read a magazine at the wheel. It's a dangerous situation.” A female reporter stated "I've been refused permission to join other journalists on press trips, or ride in military helicopters, on the principle that women simply aren't allowed. I've had to learn to deal with those situations." Things like this do not just happen to reporters, it happens to most women at work, at stores, and even behind the wheel.
Russia is affected differently from other countries because women have been victims for centuries. Gender studies scholar, Elena Zdravomyslova says "advertisements, television programs, and glossy magazines are "aggressively sexualizing" the common idea of women's roles in society, and reinforcing traditional attitudes." These attitudes are helping increase one of Russia's darkest secrets: domestic violence. In Russia many see it as a "normal part of everyday life". Also there is an old saying which states "If he beats you, he loves you."
Russia is affected similarly to other countries in how they target women the most. Most women in other countries are discriminated at work and usually get paid less then men. In many other counties there is discrimination at work. In the United States, women are paid less than men for doing the exact amount of work. “On average, a woman will only make $0.77 for every $1.00 a man makes at the exact same job.” (study.com). Also women are only hired for certain positions like a secretary or a teacher. Also it is more common for a man to get a promotion than for a women.
Government positions, societal norms, and culture are a major contribution to the sexism in Russia. John Beyrle, the current US ambassador, said that in Russia male diplomats made sexist comments towards their female co-workers. They usually comment how female diplomats are best suited for more lowly administrative work. Also he noted that the Russian foreign ministry is sexist to where all the top jobs only go to men and women are not taken seriously. Vladimir Morozov, the Russian foreign ministry's director of personnel commented on the male-female topic. "He justified this legacy by explaining that men were better equipped to handle long-term absences from home, harsh climates, and the 'complex political and military situations' in which Russian diplomats often found themselves," Wiki Leaks quoted him as saying. Society and culture see that women should not be driving. It was not common to see women driving a car 20 years ago. Many men ask the same question ¨Why are women driving, they are a danger to others.” Also others have said “Women should not be behind the wheel because they are irresponsible and reckless. They're putting on lipstick. For them it's normal to read a magazine at the wheel. It's a dangerous situation.”
Sexism in Russia can be solved by people having a voice in the issue. Men and women who have been a victim of sexism should speak up and say how it affects their lives.
The audience can take action into stopping sexism in Russia by protesting and becoming an activist. They can have a voice in the community by protesting at government places and having movements.