August 19, 2010

"Family Becomes Extinct, To Be Replaced with Feminism and Gender Equality."

A headline in Pravda.
The Russians gradually lose interest in marriage and family. Recent opinion polls conducted in the Krasnoyarsk region showed that 72 of each 100 marriages end with divorce. Demographers say that family as a social unit became irrational because of the financial crisis. Psychologists explain the current trend with the development of new culture and substitution of notions. It is not ruled out that the institute of marriage will vanish in the near future....

What makes Russians live in loneliness? Every specialist would have their own opinion regarding the subject and all of them would be right in their own way.
As long as I'm reading Pravda...

"Pregnancy: Mystical Condition Full of Superstitions."
It was believed that by denying a pregnant woman’s request, people incurred all kinds of misfortune. If a pregnant stranger knocked at someone's door, she had to be let in, fed and given overnight shelter. You could not raise voice at or scold a pregnant woman.
"Hellish hairy sea monster cast ashore." (Oh, now I may have to skip dinner.)

"Belka and Strelka: 50th Anniversary of Space Dogs Flight."
Russia on Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the space flight of two dogs who became the first living creatures to circle the Earth and come back alive.
How many came back dead?

"Cat crosses Siberia to find its home."



"Bush's Legs Strike Back." What?!
American chicken legs, widely known in Russia as Bush's legs...
???!!!!

45 comments:

El Pollo Real said...

There's also something over there that causes more uterine cancers and I don't think it's tobacco and alcohol. linkage

AC245 said...

"Cat crosses Siberia to find its home."

That cat looks like it would be at home on Endor.

traditionalguy said...

I suspect that the new Russian Capitalists are scoffing up the beautiful women and the rest are moving into Europe and America for the same opportunities.

Skyler said...

The end of the family shows that the USSR may have collapsed but that may have been only a symptom of the triumph of worldwide Marxist/Leninism.

Bruce Hayden said...

The trend away from marriage isn't just happening in Russia, but also throughout much of the Western world, or at least Western 1st World.

And, I don't see it being for the good. Already, boys raised here without their fathers constitute almost all of the prison population, and their sisters are far more likely to get pregnant as teenagers and not marry the father of the kid.

Partly, the problem with boys raised without their fathers in the house is that the boys end up running in juvenile packs (i.e. gangs). This is compounded when they don't get married, because that provides the remainder of male socialization and integration into society.

But one of the other things that we are now apparently seeing is that if the males don't get married, and don't get laid, they lose their motivation to work hard. It is initially the prospect of marriage and kids that motivates males to do that, and this is compounded when they get married and have a family to support. Instead, we are seeing a slacker generation, where many of the young males live at home or communally, and get by on the minimal amount of work required to support their various modes of play.

Much of this is a fairly direct result of the state picking up (through various forms of welfare and socialism) the burden of supporting women and children that was traditionally born by their husbands. All, of course for the supposed benefit of the children.

Don't know though why the Russians are seeing so much of this right now - but my understanding is that divorce was reasonably easy in the USSR.

Robert said...

"Bush Legs" come from the Bush Sr. presidency where some trade agreement was signed and Russia ended up with all of our chicken leg quarters after we took the breast for our grilled chicken breast sandwiches.

HKatz said...

The Russians gradually lose interest in marriage and family.

Bringing children into the world is, among other things, also an act of faith and optimism - you believe that life is worth living and the world is worth living in, you have a legacy and values you wish to impart, you want to nurture a new life, a new person, whom you hope will have a life that's better and more contented than yours.

When emptiness, and pessimism and alcoholism flourish there isn't much room for that kind of optimism and faith.

Calypso Facto said...

Only a female Blogress would miss the best article of the issue. And a Former Law Student? Who knew that with her busy acting career she would take time to comment here so often?

Pogo said...

"Family Becomes Extinct"

Heckuva job, feminists and Gender egalitarians. Mission accomplished!

Richard Fagin said...

I have jokingly refered to The Boston Globe as Pravda. I apologize for insulting Pravda by comparing it to the Globe. Even the Russian commies have this economic thing figured out better than the wrecking crew in Washington.

Irene said...

Nice doggies. Crafty cat.

No "lost in translation" when it comes to companion animals.

(But the link to the "Hollywood" story in the "Photo Gallery" is chilling.)

tim maguire said...

How many came back dead?


If you're an animal lover, you probably don't want to know.

deborah said...

Don't know though why the Russians are seeing so much of this right now - but my understanding is that divorce was reasonably easy in the USSR.

Bruce,
The first two sections of this Hayes/Salam diavlog are relevant to this topic.

http://bloggingheads.tv/diavlogs/21023

edutcher said...

The headline has been, of course, the goal of all the social 'progressives' in this country for the last 60 years or so. Destroy the family and everyone will have to depend on the government.

Just as Nikita told Nixon, "We will bury you". Ironically, the USSR imploded before they could take advantage of it. But The Zero and all his small c communists are still following the plan in the hope they can hand us over to the Red Chinese, instead.

Alex said...

IT's pretty obvious that Russia will go extinct within 2 generations.

Irene said...

That's what Grandma said in 1914.

Geoff Matthews said...

I wouldn't consider Pravda a reliable news source.

John Lynch said...

Russia has this amazing ability to produce world-class writer, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists.

Then there is everyone else.

El Pollo Real said...

IT's pretty obvious that Russia will go extinct within 2 generations.

To be followed by? Hordes of Asians migrating westward?

El Pollo Real said...

Russia has this amazing ability to produce world-class writer, engineers, mathematicians, and physicists.

Recently? I mean within the last 10-20 years?

El Pollo Real said...

Recently? I mean within the last 10-20 years?

And more importantly, did they stay there?

John Lynch said...

EPR--

What have we produced in the last 20 years?

Seriously, you have this country that looked like a Third World backwater that put the first man in space.

It's very strange. They have a real elite, but then a mass of people who can't seem to do anything right. It's much more extreme than the US.

El Pollo Real said...

What have we produced in the last 20 years?

It's true we're divorcing innovation from production, and consequentially, innovation will leave one day too. But I think our list of innovations is still impressive.

Eric said...

Demographers say that family as a social unit became irrational because of the financial crisis.

That makes no sense. The family is the best way to avoid poverty in all sorts of economies, but especially during hard times.

The family isn't being replaced by "feminism and gender equality". It's being replaced by the state, misery, and poverty.

deborah said...

EPR,
"To be followed by? Hordes of Asians migrating westward?"

Well, the Chinese are desperate for water and arable land. I think the excess Chinese men should migrate and take Russian brides. Super intelligent kids with a gift for literature.

deborah said...

"That makes no sense. The family is the best way to avoid poverty in all sorts of economies, but especially during hard times.

The family isn't being replaced by "feminism and gender equality". It's being replaced by the state, misery, and poverty."

In a nutshell, can we say the family is being transformed by the advance of technology? Beginning with TV dinners, dads exhausted by monotonous machine work, moms getting jobs to escape household drudgery and to keep up with the Jones' and to serve ever advancing technology? Latchkey kids parked in front of the TV after school, becoming robot consumers mesmerized by commercials selling junk. Kids lost in computer games, parents lost on the internet (just a minute, I'm almost done with this post), porn addiction, etrade addiction, gambling addiction...all in the home; you don't have to go out and socialize even.

Many of these families are in a pseudo-divorce among themselves.

The Crack Emcee said...

"Family Becomes Extinct, To Be Replaced with Feminism and Gender Equality."

Good for Russia - they can keep it.

Fen said...

I wouldn't consider Pravda a reliable news source.

[shrug]

They're no worse than Wapo or the NYTs.

John Lynch said...

Crack-

OT, but if you were ever to see "Eat Pray Love," the resulting explosion would end the universe.

Fred4Pres said...

Wait till the sex bots come on line. That will be the end of the human species.

The only ones left will be the Amish...

Maybe that will be for the better.

Fred4Pres said...

Russians at least know how to respond to a threat.

Fred4Pres said...

Russian cats are not pussies.

AllenS said...

Religion was pretty much outlawed during the commie years. This is the end result. They have no morals.

Pogo said...

Save the paper; the US -or what's left of it- will be able to reuse it in about 30 years.

Thank you, Karl Marx!

Eric said...

Recently? I mean within the last 10-20 years?

Yes.

MadisonMan said...

Super intelligent kids with a gift for literature.

Tedious literature.

ironrailsironweights said...

Here's a fantasy headline that's even more ridiculous:

"Women returning to natural look"

Peter

El Pollo Real said...

@Eric

Excellent!

Scott M said...

Whenever someone quotes a marriage stat, I've always got to wonder what the breakdown is for marriages in which at least one spouse has been previously divorced. I seem to remember seeing a couple of studies done that indicated people take their second marriage far more seriously and tend to work harder at keeping it together...celebrity marriage aside, of course.

Simon Kenton said...

Deborah has done it - named the vile perversion that dare not speak its name, that has extended its loathsome filaments into the heart of my own post-family: etrade addiction. At first, it was just the occasional trade in the company of good friends in an investment club. After all, if the Beardstown Ladies could go national with it, how wrong could it be? Then, the occasional purchase in the morning, but "only for long-term investment," and "only to catch the opening of the market in New York." Now I'm on all day, clicking; friends and post-family and their stupid interventions are nothing to me. Last week, the final signs: 1% in a day trade left me stone cold, thinking there's more where that came from and I'll get it, I'll get it all. But I noticed the first palm-hairs caught in the keyboard....

c3 said...

Moving on from the NYT Professor?

deborah said...

SK, lolol...olol

ricpic said...

Communism (socialism writ large) is completely demoralizing.

John said...

In 18 years (1990-2008) the population of Russia has declined from 148mm to 142mm.

Fertility rate is 1.56 (2.1 is needed for a stable population)

Life expectancy is declining rapidly.

All you Zero Population Growthers should be happy about this. On the other hand it has led to more misery for Russians.

I would also note that the Russian's lot has never been a happy one. They have always been treated like dirt by their rulers.

As for great literature, the typical Russian novel is gloomy and despairing beyond words. I don't see why that makes them great.

John Henry

Franklin said...

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life

(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)

Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."