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Russian 100 Notes: Week of 4/18

by: Sarah Jessica Harris

Russian 100 Notes: Week of 4/18 637747

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Date Created: 04/22/16
Russian 100 Notes: Week of 4/18/16    ● More and more young people, as in the United States, living together before  getting married. Careers, obtaining appliances, etc...comes first  ● Marriage continues to go up  ● Once divorced, the most important thing in the Russian woman’s life is her child  and her career. She may never remarry.***  ● “Available men” in Russia, as viewed by Russian women, is virtually all negative,  nothing ever positive.  ­lack good manners and are rude***  ­irresponsible  ­irrational  ­drunks  ­selfish  ­spoiled  ● The government tried to curb the divorce rate by creating a divorce tax  ● Relationships that last in America...  ­both college educated  ­financially stable  ­religious  ● Reasons for divorce...  ­infidelity  ­financial struggle  ● 4/10 Americans say marriage is becoming obsolete   ● ***Why do Russian marry?  ­acceptable social status  ● *​**What are women more preoccupied with more than anything?  ­fashion  ­cosmetics  ● ***When a mother is asked what she wants her daughter to possess the most  (trait) she desires….  ­femininity   ● How do Russian women view American men?  ­anything and everything that is positive  ­rich***  ● What men are looking for in a Russian mail order bride  ­traditional family values  ­he wants her to stay home and take care of him/house/family  ● Very rarely does an American woman marry a Russian man.  ● ***Abortions are the #1 form of birth control, to this day, in Russia  ● ***Abortions are the easiest and most accessible forms of birth control in Russia  ● As of 2015, Russia is #2 in the world for most Abortions  ● In Russia, abortions are and always have been a woman’s right  ● Contraceptives are not trusted and unpopular in Russia (fear that it might cause  cancer)  ● The Soviet Union was the first in the world to legalize abortion  ● ***On average, Russian women in the cities have 6­8 abortions. Some have had  dozens, especially in the rural areas.   ● ***1:8 couples suffers infertility in Russia, as a result of the excessive abortions  ● Infection rates are high due to these abortions  ● ***The leading cause for the high infant mortality rate in Russia, is the high  abortion rate  ● The problem in Russia, is premature birth   ● Other reasons for the high infant mortality rate includes  ­poor healthcare  ­mother drinking/smoking  ­diseases take the baby at a young age  ● Abortion is still free on demand (within the first 3 months of pregnancy) unless  she can prove…  ­there is absolutely no room in her apartment for another child  ­marriage problems  ­(if proven she could get an abortion later than 3 months)  ● Starting in 2003, parliment passed a bill that gives incentives for having more  children. (magic number is 3 children***)  ● If you do have 2­3 children or more, your family will recieve a free plot of land  ● Putin has promised larger and more affordable housing for families with more  children, he is also trying to lure Russians back to Russia.  ● Maternity System***  ­One single delivery room used for up to six women who are in labor (no privacy  unless   you have money.  ­Staff would yell at women in labor, telling them to hurry up and get it over with so  they   can go home or get work done, they’re busy, etc…(this experience was so  traumatic  to mothers that they often did not want to have another).  ­Mothers are kept in the hospital for a week after the birth and husbands are not   permitted to seeing the child (except from the maternity ward windows etc…)  because   the staff thinks that the father will bring in germs.  ­Every ward in the hospitals are dirty.  ­No one gets personal attention.   ­If the woman has to stay in the hospital for a month, the family has to bring her  food and   any medications from a pharmacy.  ● Issues at family planning centers  ­mercury thermometers  ­staphylococcus  ­poor care  ● ***During Communism, the number one issue among women was maternity  leave.   ­had about 5 months of leave  ­wanted 2 years of full pay  ● Women’s role in society  ­she works, she is a mother, and she is a housekeeper (old fashioned)  ­totally independent women usually are career driven (independent)  ­mistresses, do not work, are called “kept women” supported totally by a man  (new)  ● Typical Hospital  ­unsanitary conditions  ­food brought in by family and relatives (hospital will not provide)  ­lack of medicines (family usually provides)  ● Death  ­death rate is high  ­do not always have the money to bury the dead (mass graves)  ● Why people are dying off constantly  ­life expectancy rate for men is 61 and 74 for women (current)  ­alcohol  ­economic stress*** (the number one reason)  ● What group accounts for about half of all deaths?  ­***men, age 25­60  ● Suicide rate  ­**highest among men and children (those under the age of 14)  ­Russia has the 3rd highest teenage suicide rate in the world  ­***on an average day, 5 Russians take their lives   


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