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A Dress Code for Russian Women?

19. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

If one top official at the Russian Orthodox Church had his way, the ladies of HotRussianBrides would be required to trade their miniskirts and halter tops for more modest apparel. On Tuesday, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin proposed creating an “all-Russian dress code” that would forbid provocative clothing on women.

 

Chaplin, leader of the church’s social outreach department, has a history of making controversial remarks about female modesty. At a December round table on interethnic relations, Father Chaplin claimed that a woman in a miniskirt can provoke a man into sexual aggression, adding:

 

“If she is drunk on top of that, she will provoke him even more. If she is actively inviting contact, and then is surprised that this contact ends with a rape, she is all the more at fault.”

 

Not surprisingly, Chaplin’s remarks outraged women across the country. Feminist groups organized protests against the close associate of Patriarch Kirill I, and human rights activists like Lyudmila Alexeyeva have derided the proposal as sexist nonsense.

 

“The next thing they will say is that women shouldn’t wear lipstick,” she said.

 

Father Chaplin, however, was unmoved by the furor. The priest responded Tuesday by claiming sexy clothing leads “to short-term marriages, which are immediately followed by ratlike divorces, to the destruction of children’s lives, to solitude and madness, to life-catastrophe.”

 

Russian women need not worry, however. Vladimir Vigilyansky, chief spokesman for the patriarch, said Chaplin’s proposal would not be enforced by the church and that clothing choices should be more of a social contract.

 

“If a young woman knows that people will look at her askance and consider her an outcast, she will not dress the way so many of them do today,” he told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

 

Source: New York Times