in brief: feminism a threat to russia
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has claimed that feminism could destroy Russia.
On Tuesday last week, Patriarch Kirill denounced feminism as ‘very dangerous’ and a form of ‘pseudo-freedom’.
He explained that feminism was threatening the fabric of Russian society because it ‘must appear outside of marriage and outside of the family’.
‘Man has his gaze turned outward – he must work, make money – and woman must be focused inwards, where her children are, where her home is,’ he said.
‘If this incredibly important function of women is destroyed then everything will be destroyed – the family and, if you wish, the motherland.
‘It’s not for nothing that we call Russia the motherland.’
Patriarch Kirill is a vocal supporter of Vladimir Putin and once said that the group Pussy Riot were ‘doing the work of Satan’. He made the most recent controversial remarks while speaking at a meeting of orthodox women in Moscow.
His views form a backdrop to Russian society, where women’s rights are not part of the political agenda. Recently, Putin has made boosting Russia’s population a key priority for his administration – reinforcing the idea that a woman’s first responsibility is to raise children.
Around 75 per cent of the Russian population identifies as Russian Orthodox.