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Russian judge: Sexual harassment a patriotic duty

A 22-year-old St. Petersburg ad executive who was hoping to become the third woman in Russian history to successfully sue for sexual harassment (yes, you read that right) just had her case thrown out. Here was the judge’s reasoning: If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children." Well I guess that’s settled ...

A 22-year-old St. Petersburg ad executive who was hoping to become the third woman in Russian history to successfully sue for sexual harassment (yes, you read that right) just had her case thrown out. Here was the judge’s reasoning:

If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children."

Well I guess that’s settled then.

Reversing Russia’s population decline is a major priority for Russia’s government, but this isn’t exactly the most enlightened way to address the problem. Conditions for working women in the country are already in a sad state:

According to a recent survey, 100 percent of female professionals said they had been subjected to sexual harassment by their bosses, 32 percent said they had had intercourse with them at least once and another seven percent claimed to have been raped.

Telling male bosses that this is their patriotic duty is probably not going to help.

(Thanks to my friend Emily for the link.)

A 22-year-old St. Petersburg ad executive who was hoping to become the third woman in Russian history to successfully sue for sexual harassment (yes, you read that right) just had her case thrown out. Here was the judge’s reasoning:

If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children."

Well I guess that’s settled then.

Reversing Russia’s population decline is a major priority for Russia’s government, but this isn’t exactly the most enlightened way to address the problem. Conditions for working women in the country are already in a sad state:

According to a recent survey, 100 percent of female professionals said they had been subjected to sexual harassment by their bosses, 32 percent said they had had intercourse with them at least once and another seven percent claimed to have been raped.

Telling male bosses that this is their patriotic duty is probably not going to help.

(Thanks to my friend Emily for the link.)

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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