Tuesday, August 05, 2008

In Russia, sexual harrasment keeps humanity going!!

Anyone see this ridiculousness?

Apparently, in Russia, Sexual harrasment is condoned, even encouraged by the Russian judiciary! A young Russian woman lost a sexual harrsment case against her older male boss becuase the judge reasoned that the boss acted "gallantly" and that sexual harrasment ensures the continuation of the human race (aside from all the rest of the absurdity and disgusting nature of this case,it's as if there aren't over 6 billion humans on the planet!).

Here's the link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/2470310/Sexual-harrassment-okay-as-it-ensures-humans-breed,-Russian-judge-rules.html

Just a small excerpt from the short article:

"She alleged she had been locked out of her office after she refused to have intimate relations with her 47-year-old boss.

"He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they desperately wanted to be laid on the boardroom table as soon as he gave the word," she earlier told the court. "I didn't realise at first that he wasn't speaking metaphorically."

The judge said he threw out the case not through lack of evidence but because the employer had acted gallantly rather than criminally.

"If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.

Since Soviet times, sexual harassment in Russia has become an accepted part of life in the office, work place and university lecture room.

According to a recent survey, 100 per cent of female professionals said they had been subjected to sexual harassment by their bosses, 32 per cent said they had had intercourse with them at least once and another seven per cent claimed to have been raped. "

So- instead of standing up for women's rights and trying to fight against this clearly pervasive issue that renders women's quality of life and safety at almost zero, this judge gallantly stands up for the entitled men throughout this patriarchy. With attitudes like this rampant amongst Russian men, along with political and economic insecurity in the country, it is not a suprise that Russia's birth rate has been significantly declining for years.

Despite Vladimir Putin's call in 2006 for subsidies and cash incentives for women to have children, and the import of motherhood and Russian families, respect for women has not risen accordingly. Through not adressing the widespread problem of sexual harrasment women in Russia face, and especially through this judicial ruling condoning this criminal behavior, it seems that the Russian state simply wants women to have sex and babies, and has little concern or respect for them otherwise.



Passionista said...

I'm so glad you posted this. This is a disgusting example of how far patriarchal ideals can stretch. Wow, I'm so appalled.

Mariko said...

""If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled. "

That's impressive...