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Russian Judge Rules Sexual Harassment Is Okay As It Ensures Survival Of Human Race

A woman seeking to become only the third woman ever to successfully bring a sexual harassment case in Russia was dealt a shocking rebuke when the judge threw out her case, ruling that sexual harassment is actually necessary for the survival of the human race:

She alleged she had been locked out of her office after she refused to have intimate relations with her 47-year-old boss.

"He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they desperately wanted to be laid on the boardroom table as soon as he gave the word," she earlier told the court. "I didn't realise at first that he wasn't speaking metaphorically."

The judge said he threw out the case not through lack of evidence but because the employer had acted gallantly rather than criminally.

"If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.

Foreign Policy's blog notes that while Russia has made it a major priority to reverse the nation's population decline, this is perhaps not the best way to go about it, considering how dismal working conditions are for Russian women already:

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.


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Aug. 6th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
*uhm* ick. *speechless*
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
what. the. fuck.

that is wrong on SO many levels
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Is the human race in general on a severe backward trend?!

Aug. 6th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
As a Russian Studies major, this makes me want to write an entire honors thesis of righteous feminism next year. Those jerks.
(The weird part is, while I was there, we girls were never remotely harrassed - if anything the men were more polite than they are here! But I guess I wasn't there for very long.)
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
That's insane. That's just fucking nuts.
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Beyond creepy and skincrawly. When even the LAW isn't in your favor...
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Russia - a place to remind you that the United States isn't -that- bad.

Holy fuck.
Aug. 6th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Sometimes the world is a fucking depressing place.
Aug. 6th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hate to compound the foul mood, but after reading this, this, and this, I'm not really surprised.

Disgusted, horrified, and pissed right the fuck off, but not surprised.
Aug. 6th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
That is so fucked up!

ETA: linked here by a friend

Edited at 2008-08-06 05:55 pm (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I am totally without words :(

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