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More women ran for office — and that brought in more sexism. Over the last decade, Putin’s Russia has simultaneously promoted women into politics while becoming more misogynist, as research shows. Here’s what that means. Russia’s Duma had its highest proportion of women to date with 1.
In the upper house, the unelected Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko was made chair in 2. Over the next few years, the proportion of women in the council more than tripled. The influx of women into the legislatures was matched by other increases, with prominent women in the executive branch, a woman at the head of Russia’s central bank, and increasing numbers of female governors. Percent women in formal legislatures. Data: IPU; Figure: Janet Elise Johnson. This is not to say that the regime is feminist, by any means. Russia has not passed even the weak gender- equality legislation that has been under consideration for more than a decade.
This summer, activists barely averted the decriminalization of battery, which domestic- violence victims use because there is no specific domestic- violence legislation. In the past two elections, some women have been used as “showgirls,” including a ballerina, a rhythmic gymnast and a former Playboy model, to attract voters. Other elite women have been recruited as “political cleaners,” a role especially for governors, to clean up the appearance of corruption. As one commentator told me, “There is the perception that women are less corrupt.”In these apparently plum posts, women’s power is quite limited. Once elected, the showgirls are portrayed at the Duma — their workplace — as being kissed on the hand by their male counterparts, putting on makeup or acting beautiful and silly. Most women in the Russian legislature strive to be “ultimate loyalists” who advocate nondemocratic (and often sexist or homophobic) legislation to protect the regime, overcompensating to try to save their hides. For example, Irina Yarovaya co- authored the law calling for NGOs with foreign funding to be labeled as “foreign agents.” After advocating for women in the Duma during the 2.
Yelena Mizulina has been championing restrictions on abortion, bans on “gay propaganda” and decriminalization of domestic violence. New roles for women in 2. The importance of women for the 2. March, when Putin appointed Ella Pamfilova as head of the Central Electoral Commission. With a history of human rights advocacy, Pamfilova established new mechanisms for overseeing the elections and promised to resign if the elections weren’t fair. Pamfilova, like other women, was used as a political cleaner, to create the appearance of cleaner elections, even as the Kremlin engineered a stronger grip on the Duma. That matters for the elections.
Estimated results are that 6. Duma deputies will be women, the highest percentage in post- communist Russian history. Women were especially important, it seems, because the electoral rules changed for these elections. Half of the Duma was elected through proportional representation and half in single mandates that resemble legislative elections in the United States, with one candidate per district. This meant a lot more campaigning. As one of my insider informants explained, women are considered well- suited to winning such elections, being “reliable, talkative and attractive” while “men tend to appear to loathe their constituents.”The most prominent showgirl was Natalia Poklonskaya.
Poklonaksaya, once a Ukrainian citizen, changed sides when Crimea was annexed in 2. Putin appointed her the general prosecutor of Crimea for Russia, a job where she gained attention as a Russian nationalist and sex symbol. Life. News, a tabloid with links to the Kremlin, published nude pictures of a Moscow member of the opposition and her (female) chief of staff.
Such compromising materials (or kompromat, as the Russians call it) are used against men as well, but are sexist in different ways, often alleging abuse of office, disloyalty or incompetence while questioning the candidate’s sexual behavior, orientation or masculinity. This is, of course, is the flip side of the frequent masculinity stunts by Putin — earning him commendation by U. S. Mao swims the Yangtze!
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