So apparently today in Russia we had some kind of celebration of “traditional values.” According to the story, the ruling United Russia party developed a “family values flag,” which one may infer to be some kind of “answer” to the rainbow gay rights flag. Here it is, in all its glory:
First of all, the hashtag says “real family,” but I’ll get to that a bit later. What we immediately notice is that it is supposed to be couple consisting of a man and a woman, ostensibly heterosexual. Or are they? After all, these are silhouettes- there might be a cross dressing gay man or a butch lesbian playing the role of the “wife,” or “husband,” respectively! Could this be hidden gay propaganda?
Seriously though, what’s so craptacular about this flag is what is not pictured. I mean we’re talking about Russia here. There’s the bullshit fairy tale depicted on this flag, and then there’s reality.
-First let’s take apart that hashtag. “Real family?” Many Russian families are single-parent families. I guess they’re not real. But hey, they deserve it for getting divorced instead of tolerating a loveless, possibly abusive go-nowhere relationship “for the sake of the children,” right? Those families that do stay together can usually only afford one child.
-If family is so important in Russia, why do doctor’s recommend that new parents of children with disabilities essentially abandon them after birth to the orphanage system, specifically an orphanage system ill equipped to deal with special needs children until very recently?
-Russia is still rife with domestic violence. One reason for this ongoing problem is the authorities’ total denial of its existence. Pavel Astakhov, Russia’s children’s rights advocate and staunch supporter of arranged polygamous marriages of teenagers to middle-aged men, essentially denied that domestic violence exists and claimed that the family is the safest place to be, thus forever securing his place in the Dipshits in Power Hall of Fame.
-Oh yeah, did you catch that thing about arranged marriages of teenagers to middle aged men? Yeah, why don’t those families get their own flag? Unlike single-parent families and same sex couples, the Russian government enthusiastically approves of that sort of marriage.
-We see the family but we don’t know how it got started. Most likely the marriage proposal started with teenage Olga there telling her high school boyfriend “Zaiets, I’m pregnant.” Perhaps it wasn’t like that. Maybe Sergei there had a good job and Olga, a recent graduate, saw a “good provider.” Either way, thanks to an utter lack of proper sex education, the deal was sealed.
-We can’t see Sergei screwing his secretary or prostitutes when he goes on business trips. We don’t see Olga getting it on with her private English teacher. Either of those would make a much better flag.
-There are two sons and one daughter. This is because in mainstream, conservative Russian society, women are basically either fuckdolls for men’s entertainment or vessels for bearing children. They also do all the work at home and a considerable part of the bread-winning in some families. If little Lena doesn’t get pregnant at 16, she may learn to save herself until she finds the guy with the right amount of money to cocktrap. She will no doubt learn the manipulative arts from her mother.
-As for the sons, they will learn a lot from their father, even though their mother does most of the work of raising them. If they’re lucky, mom and dad will buy their way out of the army when they turn 18. If not, they’ll experience physical or possibly even sexual abuse at the hands of their fellow soldiers. If this shit in Ukraine drags on longer, they might find themselves sent to participate in “exercises in the Rostov region,” during which they will become “state secrets.”
-The flag ignores the fact that many Russian children are raised by same sex couples- their mother and their grandmother.
-Speaking of same sex, on this flag we see nothing about Olga’s past same sex experiences or desires. I’m not alone when I say that a lot of Russian women I’ve known admit to either having same sex experiences or wanting to have them. Obviously the men are not too open about that, but when you look at their porn habits and their tendency to talk about male on male sexual acts when involved in arguments or slinging mud at Ukraine, you cannot help but wonder as to how many people are in the closet.
-And speaking of the closet, we don’t know that both people in this couple are heterosexuals. Perhaps one of them is utterly uninterested in the other, but Russia’s leadership doesn’t give a shit. Everyone needs to pair up and start pumping out kids, regardless of whether or not they can afford them. It’s not like it’s the government’s job to improve living standards so that people can raise more kids in better a better environment. Oh wait- it is their job to do that. In that case they’re just incompetent.
If you think I’m being hard on Russia, you’re either not familiar with reality here, in denial, or perhaps unaware that many of the problems here actually existed in many more developed countries unabated for decades until individuals and civic organizations brought them to light. Russia can deal with these problems in theory, but this would require a more vibrant civil society where citizens take the initiative. That is an anathema to the powers that be, so instead they deny the problems and have a parade about their “values” with this idiotic flag.