Creating the New Soviet Woman: Women’s Magazines as by L. Attwood

By L. Attwood

This ebook explores the Soviet try to propagandise the 'new Soviet lady' in the course of the magazines Rabotnitsa and Krest'yanka from the Nineteen Twenties to the top of the Stalin period. Balancing paintings and kin didn't turn out effortless in a weather of transferring monetary and demographic priorities, and the publication charts the periodic adjustments made to the version.

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Onto a banner,15 taking from a large bag books with titles such as ‘What Soviet Power has Done for the Peasant Woman’, holding up a sheaf of papers bearing a rousing declaration or a quote by one of the heroes of the revolution, or standing on a platform addressing a crowd of people. Sometimes a child would be sprawled at her feet, avidly reading a worthy magazine. These illustrations give a clear indication of the kind of woman readers were supposed to become. The stress was on activism: work, education, involvement in politics.

Accordingly there was an alarmingly high incidence of abortion, child abandonment and infanticide. In this chapter we will look at how Rabotnitsa and Krest′yanka introduced the immediate post-revolutionary changes to their readers, at their subsequent acknowledgment of some of the unintended and alarming consequences of this legislation, and at the discussions they 40 Marriage, Divorce and Unwanted Pregnancy 41 initiated amongst readers in the middle of the decade about a proposed new Marriage and Family Code aimed at alleviating some of the problems.

Lekseich spat on the floor just to rile her, and when she rose to the bait, he taunted her: ‘“Find yourself a room of your own. ”’ She asked him to go out to the hallway so she could dress, but he responded: ‘“Just get dressed, darling. ” There was venom in Lekseich’s voice. “Who do you think you are? ”’ By the end of the tale the married man had joined in the harassment. 44 Chapter 2 Marriage, Divorce and Unwanted Pregnancy As we saw in the Introduction, there was considerable disagreement amongst the Bolsheviks concerning the future of marriage and the family.

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