The collision of feminism and the Russian Orthodox Church is the gift that keeps on giving. This week a Russian Orthodox official made comments complaining about the lack of ‘real men’ he’s seeing inside the Russian Federation.
The comments are tied to a debate over the fact that Russian women usually raise their children due to a high divorce rate and the lack of involvement by fathers in their upbringing.
Russia’s “real men” are being replaced by “scrawny chickens,” a Russian Orthodox official said on Monday as heated debates surround the concept of toxic masculinity and the #MeToo movement in the West, reported The Moscow Times.
“If you take the average modern 30-something, the only muzhiki we have left are in the special forces,” Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, who heads a patriarchal commission for children’s and mother’s rights, was quoted as saying by Interfax.
The Russian slang word “muzhik” — once used by President Vladimir Putin to describe Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio — can denote men of a lower class, as well as a traditionally masculine “man’s man,” wrote The Moscow Times.
On Thursday, Smirnov compared recruits at the military academy of the missile forces where he had served for a decade to “scrawny chickens.”
Russian women typically eschew Western-styled feminism in favor of a more subtle type of control of the household. There is no child support to speak of inside Russia. It is very common for a man to completely abandon his child once he leaves the mother for a younger woman.
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