Essay Russian Women vs. American

813 Words Mar 19th, 2012 4 Pages
Heather Hennig
Russian Women vs. American There are many similarities as well as differences between Russian and American women. Both groups of women consider the family as the basic social unit. However, the composition of the family differs. In Russia, the women are expected to marry and have children. Urban couples usually only have one child, whereas rural families sometimes have more (“Russia”). In America there is traditionally a mother, father, and two or more children. Recently the number of married couples without children, single-parent households, and un-married couples has greatly increased. One out of every three children born in the USA is born from unmarried parents; they might even possibly be cared for by the
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Russian women delay informing people of their pregnancy as long as possible, because of the evil eye, a curse which is caused by envy or praise (“Russia”). Russian families keep away all visitors of the infant for the first month, while in America visitors are often welcome at the hospital and household, but often the families refrain from bringing the baby out of the home for an average of six weeks (“United States of America”). It is a Russian tradition to hold a party four weeks after the baby’s birth, where the infant is presented and given money as well as gifts (“Russia). Such a party is called a baby shower in the United States, and held typically during the seventh month of pregnancy.
The stance on sexual promiscuity has significantly changed in both countries. Under the early Soviet policy sexual freedom was unheard of (Young), and traditional courtship rituals in the United States also discouraged pre-marital relations. Today it is rarer in the States for a woman to wait until marriage to have sex, than it is for her to engage in sexual activities before marriage. In the modern Soviet society, sexual pleasure is a more common theme than it used to be (Young). On the specific topic of premarital sexual attitudes in the Soviet Union, the information available suggests that the Soviet people support a fairly high level of permissiveness in premarital sexuality (Young). Even though it is difficult to make valid

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