Thursday, August 07, 2008

asshat, international edition: Russia!

I was totally going to just keep on working but a pal sent me this: Sexual harrassment okay as it ensures humans breed, Russian judge rules - Telegraph

What. The. Hell.
There are no words to describe the frakked-up-ness of this news item.

Choice bits:

The unnamed executive, a 22-year-old from St Petersburg, had been hoping to become only the third woman in Russia's history to bring a successful sexual harassment action against a male employer.

The judge said he threw out the case not through lack of evidence but because the employer had acted gallantly rather than criminally.

"If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.
Who knew the word 'Please?' could mitigate patriarchy? And where the hell did that judge get his law degree? A cereal box?

I could make a joke about mail order brides here, but I won't because it's just too messed up.


Cynthia McLennan said...

I cannot find the words with which to adequately express my disgust over this ruling.

My mother and I were just talking about the differences in a woman's work environment (in the US), within our respective lifetimes. How demoralizing for the women of Russia! There have only been two successful sexual harrassment suits in Russian history? What the frak (love the BSG).

ding said...

two friends of mine work for international firms and they said that when it's time for their executives to pick a country for their year-long 'exchange' they have specific requirements for Russia, South America and some Asian countries - because of this very reason.

i've never really wondered what it must be like for women in Russia but the comments from activists about the climate there is eye opening.

Patriarchy, man. it's frakked up.

(LOVE the BSG.)