In So-Called ‘Femininity Marathon’, This Russian Company Pays Extra for Female Staff for Wearing Mini Skirts/DressesWomen

June 04, 2019 11:32
In So-Called ‘Femininity Marathon’, This Russian Company Pays Extra for Female Staff for Wearing Mini Skirts/Dresses

In a so-called “Femininity Marathon,” a Russian company has come up with a sexist move for their female employees.

Women at Tatprof, a Tatarstan-based aluminum producer that supplied the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, have been asked to wear a dress or skirt, “no longer than five centimeters from the knee." The decision is a part of a so-called “femininity marathon” campaign, that will reportedly be run by the company until June 30, 2019.

The women were even asked to put accurate makeup, have their hair tied up and send the pictures of themselves to their bosses to win the bonus amount of 100 roubles (approximately Rs. 105).

The company has sparked fierce criticism for its blatant sexism at the workplace.

Anastasia Kirillova, the company press officer reportedly told local media, that it was a “great way to rally a team,” that was 70 percent male.

Kirillova further said, as quoted by various media outlets, Tatprof’s chief executive officer, Sergei Rachkov “is very concerned about the mixing of gender roles and “wants to preserve the feminine side,” of their female employees. He does not want ladies to wear make hairstyles and change into pants, but to do handicrafts and “put all their warmth into education children.” The initiative has invited heavy criticism among social media users.

A Twitter user said, “Russia seems just coming out the dark ages. You have to laugh.” Another added, “So #Tatprof is running a femininity contest for its employees in Russia, basically it seems so the bosses can gawk over the pictures. Disgusting abuse of power & exploiting women,” as translated by media outlets. Feminist Zalina Marshenkulova called the company’s femininity drive, “news out of the Middle Ages.”

However, seemingly none of the criticisms has affected the company and Tatprof reportedly plans to continue with their, “Femininity Marathon.”

The first has so-called “femininity” events planned for June, such as a competition to see who is the fastest at making dumplings. Even the company is staging a battle for its male workers and held a pull-up contest last week.

By Sowmya Sangam

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