The Chronicle of Western stereotypes about Russian women
• The Chronicle of Western stereotypes about Russian women
Believe it or not, but the stereotype of Russian slim blonde with red lipstick and shoes on high heels was not always plausible in the eyes of foreigners. When and how to change the image of our women stalwart selyanok on modern image? And where do stereotypes come from?
What are the first images come to mind when you think about the modern Russian woman? You can understand if this is a high femme fatale, which strictly monitors his diet and eats the hearts of men for breakfast. Such an image has formed a new cold war. Babe bait, to cooperate with the KGB is back in fashion, not to mention the stylish image that we ourselves advocate. Numerous surveys conducted over the past 10 years indicate that we prefer tall, slender women unreal beauty, such as Natalia Vodianova or pop singer Vera Brezhnev.
or famous DJ and techno music queen Nina Kravitz.
However, in the heyday of the Soviet Union, Russian themselves did not hesitate to portray their women as something similar to the processor - a tireless mechanism, always ready to work and defense of the country.
Does this mean that before the period of glasnost 1980s all our women look masculine, so that they can be easily imagine driving a tractor? Not really. But caricatures of Russian women are still to be found in western movies and cartoons. There they were portrayed as a fat old witch or working nags able to go on a bear with his bare hands. Russian themselves contributed to the formation of the stereotype. Very much we monolithic portrayed women in the Soviet Union under Stalin, and up to the 1970s. Artists like Kustodiev always portrayed Russian beauties pyshnotelymi and ponderous. This image symbolized prosperity in the feudal country where serfdom flourished. Rich women portrayed chubby with a beautiful radiant skin in images of poor women looked through rough masculine traits. Recall, the monument "Worker and Collective Farm Girl" in Moscow, if not a skirt, it was difficult to say which of them was a woman!
Throughout the 19th century and until the Russian Revolution of 1917 Russian woman presented like works of Turgenev's characters or pale Sonia Marmeladov of "Crime and Punishment," Dostoyevsky, or fragile Natasha Rostova in "War and Peace" Tolstoy. The Council then picked up and put down the image of a fragile woman has a particularly mysterious beauty. The Bolsheviks valued in women not fragility and finesse, and endurance and devotion to ideals.
Some say that the image of the Russian woman tractor driver has exhausted itself with the end of the Cold War. That is - they think that Hollywood and the West in general have ceased to mock us only when we are "warmed up" the entire US and a market economy. But this is not true. Long before the end of the Cold War, America and Britain have already used the image of sexual Soviet women - agents and nuclear scientists: see any James Bond movie in the last 60 years with the participation of the Soviet heroine.
During World War II, the image of the Russian woman has changed. It was a period of fragile Russian-American friendship, when the whole world had to unite in the fight against Nazi Germany. The feminization of the image of Russian women has been recognized as a propaganda tool for the Roosevelt administration. Western film offers a friendly and feminized image that showed the audience the need for cooperation with the communist state as well as the credibility of the Russian Soviets and reliability. Think of such films as "Mission to Moscow" (1943), "North Star" (1943), "The Song of Russia" (1944) and "Days of Glory" (1944).
In a recent on-screen films such as "Red Sparrow" (1918) or "Anna" (or even an agent Natalia Romanova from the film "The Avengers"), a Russian woman stands before the audience fragile, but ruthless. This is important for the image of the world in which we live today. After all, these films seemed warned viewers to beware of Russia. Charming Russian ladies are able to cut your throat as soon as you turn your back on them.
Unlike the Hollywood stereotypes, we have a look at Russian women - we then certainly know how to look our woman in the eyes of Russian 20th century. Let us recall the film work of our sexiest beauties such as Anastasia Vertinsky, Natalia Varley, Victoria Fedorova, Natalia Andreichenko, Natalia Nehoda, Irina Alferov, Lyubov Polishchuk and Lyubov Orlova. Their roles immortalized them, and our opinion about their appearance is unlikely to ever change.