Monday, 7 February 2011

Sexism rife in Russia.

This is a quite unbelievable story I found out today from @stavvers, about a woman who lost her sexual harassment case in Russia. Whilst that might not seem like a major headline, the verdict given by the judge is shocking. He didn't throw it out because of lack of evidence, but rather because he admired the man, adding 'If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children.'

It's like a window to the past, where the men were in charge and women had to do as they were told to live a quiet life. A survey quoted in the Telegraph (I can't vouch for its accuracy) suggests that 100% of women in the workplace had suffered sexual harassment from their bosses, 32% had had sex with their boss at least once, and another 7% claimed they had been raped. 80% said they felt it was impossible to get a promotion without having sexual relations with male superiors.

For a nation like Russia, such a major power in the world, this is disgraceful. I honestly could never have imagined this still happened in such a developed nation in the 21st century, how naive I was.

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