Amanda Foreman’s article for UK’s The Sunday Times, entitled, “A view from afar: Chest-beating Putin aims his vilest weapon at the West — misogyny” is disturbingly misogynistic. It is also extremely misandrist and openly racists towards Russian and Orthodox Christians.
Their are 3 probable and logical explanations as to why someone of Ms. Foreman’s reputation would pen such a hateful and poorly researched piece.
1. She is simply folding into the Western MSM party line…writing yet another propaganda hit piece against Russia and it’s President, in order to move the needle one inch closer towards division, conflict and war. Maybe she will be rewarded for her loyalty by the neo-conservative/neo-liberal sociopaths behind the curtain.
2. She is an angry and jealous women filled with sadness and envy after visiting Russia. What she saw was a society where the neo-liberal value system did not stick, and they were happier for it. Seeing a country proud in its tradition, leadership, religion and history shook up the author…and in order to compensate for those feelings, this post was born.
3. Is a trick. Yeah that’s right. Her post all about fooling western women into believing they are happy (when study after study suggests they are not…please google it and you will see what I mean), and tricking Russian women into believing they should behave like their western neighbours. Don’t fall for it. Russian society and Russian women are on the right path towards a better, more fulfilling life. Don’t let people like Ms. Foreman fool you into thinking their Western cat filled, Kim Kardashian, bar hopping days are enviable. It’s a path to debt, over consumption and emptiness.
I tend to believe that all three of the above reasons influenced, and eventually drove Ms. Foreman into writing her Sunday Times attack piece. What is remarkable about the entire rant, aside from how factually off the entire article is, is how hypocritical and racist this women comes out looking.
First some of the facts, for which Ms. Foreman should have done some very basic research into before making the claims she made in her post:
As for the article itself, it should be read as a case study in Russophobia rather than as a discussion of the position of women in Russia. We do not recognize reality in the article’s descriptions of Russia, Putin or Russian women and men (even the article admits that “boys and girls receive the same education and the same access to healthcare. There are no legal barriers to women owning property, having bank accounts or participating in the economy”).
As a matter of historical record many Bolsheviks were early feminists including the feminist pioneer and Soviet minister and diplomat Alexandra Kollontai and Russian women obtained and fully exercised rights of divorce and abortion long before most western women did.
Today there are many successful women in business, the arts and politics including the Chairman of the Russian Parliament’s Upper House, Valentina Matveyenko, and the Head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina. Incidentally the Judge who tried Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina (interviewed by the author) was also a woman.
Oh and just for the record, Victoria Nuland is indeed married to historian Robert Kagan. What Ms. Foreman forgot to mention is that Mr. Kagan is much more than a historian, he is a chief neo-con from a family of neo-cons (does the PNAC ring a bell?), directly responsible, not only for the Maidan coup, but also for the US – Iraq invasion of 2003…more on that later.
Now the hypocrisy, oh the hypocrisy, where do I begin.
Amanda Foreman begins her post stating she has “visited a fair number of countries this year in the course of filming a documentary series on the history of women.” Well we suggest Ms. Foreman get on a plane and visit some countries that it appears she might have missed…or maybe she visited these places but was simply to wrapped up in her western ‘exceptionalism’ that she did not take time to notice the suffering of women and children, committed by her beloved neo-liberal value system.
Maybe Ms. Foreman should go to Iraq and speak to the millions of families torn apart by the US and UK ‘bombs of peace’ that have claimed the lives of 1,455,590 people. How many women died in Iraq? How many women lost their sons, daughters, husbands, fathers and mothers in Iraq? How many women’s hearts did your UK neo-liberal values break in Iraq?
Maybe Ms. Foreman should travel to Serbia. She should speak to the wives, mothers, and daughters who lost everything in NATO airstrikes that lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999. How many women suffered, in the heart of Europe, so your neo-liberal values could flex their muscles, and ethnically cleanse thousands of Orthodox Christians. How many women’s heart did you break in Serbia?
How about Ms. Foreman visits Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and see the devastation, destruction and death that results from her neo-liberal dogma she champions so much.
Tired of the death your brand of feminism and social justice brings. Then Ms. Foreman should take a quick trip to Eurozone countries Greece, Spain, Italy, or Cyprus and see all the broken, homeless women pillaging through rubbish for something to eat…a direct result of European neo-liberal austerity.
Finally, let’s give Ms. Foreman a ticket to the Donbass, so she can live in a basement, in the dark with no heat, food or water…like the mothers and daughters of Novorussia do right now. Their homes get shelled day and night by this guy (below), who champions and kills in the name of Ms Foreman’s ‘European value system.’
After Donbass, Ms. Foreman can travel to Crimea and see a society that avoided the bloodshed her lovely Mrs. Nuland instigated, and bear witness to what real human rights and democracy look like…not one human life, not one women was killed thanks to Putin’s decision to protect Crimea.
Ms. Foreman’s path for women’s liberation is a path of death, debt and enslavement. If that is not misogyny, than I don’t know what is.
Ms. Foreman’s post is not only misogynistic, it is racist. It offends Orthodox Christians and Slavic people. Was it not enough to bomb Serbia to kingdom come, now you have to ethnically cleanse Orthodox Christians in Eastern Ukraine as well.
Tell us all Ms. Foreman, what is so wrong with a country wanting to embrace its history and religion, is this a crime. Last time I checked the UK was also a Christian country at its heart. What scares Ms. Foreman so much about ‘traditional’ religion? Is it because it gives people hope, love and inspiration…all qualities that the neo-liberal feminist despises, and can do without.
Why doesn’t Ms Foreman go to Saudi Arabia, or UAE, Indonesia or Turkey and explain to the Muslim population in those countries to do away with the teachings of Islam? I was under the impression that neo-liberal values were about acceptance and tolerance…unless of course you are of Orthodox faith, then in that case you either need to submit to western rule or be wiped out.
Be careful Ms. Foreman because Russians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Romanians, Serbians, and many more people subscribe to the Christian Orthodox faith, and when pushed, they will push back with a mighty force.
So next time, when Pussy Riot considers sticking rubber chickens in their vaginas, while inside the beautiful and sacred St. Basil’s cathedral, tell them to go to the Great Mosque at Mecca or The Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem and let’s see what fate will await them. Or maybe Pussy Riot can perform inside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in front of 10 year old children, how would that make you feel.
In Cameronstan, Pussy Riot may not be sent to prison for such actions, but in Cameronstan everyone is under the watchful eye of the NSA, fearful of what trumped up charge might await them if they step out of line, or fight for truth and justice. Just ask Julian Assange how his quest for freedom and truth is going behind the protection of the Ecuadoran Embassy, in the 51st state of the U.S.A.
Ms. Foreman, stay away from Russia and stay away from Orthodoxy. Russia doesn’t need more snake oil saleswomen. Keep your reality TV shows that degrade women to yourself. They make UK women look like sexual toys, waiting for a beer drenched man to play with, as they twerk for the attention of a random penis.
Russian women prefer the entertainment of the greats, like Nikolay Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and Aleksandr Pushkin.
Contrary to your article, Russian women are not mindless bimbos, easily fooled by Western caricatures of an ‘evil Putin.’ Only Facebook zombies in your neck of the woods believe such nonsense.
Vladimir Putin was democratically voted into office, and is internationally recognised as the President of the Russian Federation. He represents the people of Russia, and has an approval rating above 85%. That’s a mandate Cameron could only dream of in his wettest of dreams.
Russian women have agency, they can judge for themselves what is right and what is wrong. Your post mocks the women of Russia and paints them as fools, who are too stupid to understand the politics at play, and now need the ‘all-wise British feminist’ to save them from the evils of their country, culture, and leadership.
Russian women do not need saving, they are stronger than you could ever imagine. Russian women are intelligent, capable and independent. They know how to survive, they have strong souls, full of passion, and can easily judge for themselves what is right and what is wrong.
And yes, much to your dismay, Russian women are full of beauty, culture, tradition, and femininity. While you are glued to the ‘Tele’ watching the Voice, they are at the Bolshoi or the Hermitage.
You want to change Russian women for the worst, take away their beauty, their brains, and their power, so that you can subjugate them to your rule. It will never happen. Russian women, hell all of Russia, is on to your game. So take your Russophobia, your Orthodoxphobia, your misogyny, and your misandry, and keep it away from MOTHER Russia.
P.S. Vladimir Putin will stop poking fun at Hillary Clinton when she stops calling Putin the new Hitler. Over twenty-five million Russians died in WW2 in order to defeat Hitler, and his Nazi army, so you and Hillary can enjoy the freedoms you take for granted…show some respect and learn some history.