Sexual Harassment to save Russia from extinction: and other attitudes toward women in the Russian workplace


Anne Egros, Global Executive Coach:

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Very good analysis in this blog from an American women living in RussiaThe author commented on an article published in 2008 in the Telegraph: 
Sexual harassment okay as it ensures humans breed, Russian judge rules :

A Russian advertising executive who sued her boss for sexual harassment lost her case after a judge ruled that employers were obliged to make passes at female staff to ensure the survival of the human race.

 I think it is still very much true even in 2013. Being aware that “sexual harassment” is not taken seriously here in Russia doesn’t mean you are agreeing with it.  If you are a victim of sexual harassment, you can take some preventive measures such as avoiding being alone with the offender or changing department or company before your aggressor becomes more violent.
I also found in this article that this statement it is still true: “The Russians continually mock and pity Americans for all the ridiculous laws and law suits ..”.
I don’t judge American culture but I understand it as I lived many years in the USA before moving to Russia. This only implies that if foreigners need to learn about Russian mentality in the workplace, Russian employees of multinational companies should also learn appropriate behaviors in multicultural contexts.
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Originally posted on Russophilia; My Love Affair with Russia:

We say sexual harassment, they say gallantry…

We say victimizing women, they say encouraging them to procreate…

We say outrage, they say suck it…

Let’s call the whole thing…

Russian Sociology 101–Why there is no sexual harassment in Russia.

 

 I was working on a blog post about Women and Sex in the first decade of the Russian Revolution when my husband came home and told me about a recent case of sexual harassment in Russia that made western news.  

 

Published on July 30, 2008 in the UK newspaper The Telegraph, the Moscow correspondent, Adrian Bloomfield’s article can be summed up by the subtitle:

 

“A Russian advertising executive who sued her boss for sexual harassment lost her case after a judge ruled that employers were obliged to make passes at female staff to ensure the survival of the human race.”

 

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

 

When my husband told me, my…

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One thought on “Sexual Harassment to save Russia from extinction: and other attitudes toward women in the Russian workplace

  1. Judy August 31, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

    You only have to watch an episode of MAD Men to realize that attitudes like this were common in the US not too long ago. Which give me hope that things can change, even in Russia!

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