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Post 23 Nov 2016, 19:22
How were Soviet girls back then? Are they different from Russian girls today, and if so, what are the differences? Were Soviet girls beautiful? I am asking this question because some of them are hot.
Post 24 Nov 2016, 07:34
Women during Soviet times were outfitted with a third breast. This was an innovation enacted during Khrushchev's "Virgin Lands and Extra Milk" campaign. The idea was to allow female volunteers on the Kolkhoz to multi-task by feeding children with one breast, and selected farm animals with the other. A third breast was reserved for "emergency measures", i.e., providing milk for Warsaw Pact allies in case they experienced a critical shortage.

For example, during the infamous Ulan Ude milk crisis of 1958, countless thousands of Tatars, Buryats, and other Soviet nationalities were fed with milk derived directly from the third breasts of these patriotic women. The world famous "Matryoshka With Milk Jugs" statue was erected in Gorky Park to commemorate this legendary event.

However, since the fall of the USSR, the third breast has been considered a wasteful luxury and discontinued. Thus, modern Russian women have been forced to revert back to the traditional pair. I hope this answers your question.
Post 24 Nov 2016, 22:25
I didn't get the chance to be an adult during the Soviet period, but from my observations of the character of my mother's friends, books on sociology, films and pop culture, anecdotal evidence, etc., I can say the following about girls/women in the late socialist period (up to about the mid-1980s):

* Soviet women were generally more conservative than many girls in Russia today about giving themselves up to men sexually; a woman's honor and fidelity/loyalty were seen as major virtues. The same was actually true for men as well, by the way, though to a lesser extent, and there are a lot of works of fiction/movies focusing on these themes.

* Because everyone's living standards were generally equal, the idea of love/marriage as a material exchange, or marrying for money (which has become extremely popular in some circles today, particularly in Moscow and other cities where the rich hang around) was seen by most women as absurd, incomprehensible, and even immoral. Again, there were exceptions, as evidenced even in popular culture (Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears for instance) but even then Soviet 'gold diggers'' ideas of a life of luxury and stature were pretty laughable when compared to today.

* This is still prevalent today, in spite of changing social roles in recent years, but Soviet Russian women generally supported the idea that their men to take on the formal role of head of the household, whatever the constitution may say about formal equality. Exactly what this meant I'm not quite sure, since Soviet women often faced the so-called 'double burden' of work and household chores, raising children, and were often responsible for household finances as well. Still, in all the women of a certain age I've talked to, most give off the vibe that men are the 'head of the household', and must be strong enough to take that responsibility onto their shoulders.

* Soviet women were more skilled in various useful mini-trades, like sewing, cooking, etc. The same was true of men, except in different areas (carpentry, plumbing, basic mechanics). The reason for this was the deficit in goods and services of various sorts, and you'll probably find the same tendency true in other countries around the world during the same or slightly earlier time period. Of course, this also made life for women more difficult in a variety of ways (e.g. no tampons, just cotton, no disposable diapers, just cloth ones that you had to wash). Today, in many girls, those trades, even the ones that remain important, like cooking, seem to be fading away for some reason. Possibly due to microwaves and fast food.

* There was a tendency in the Soviet period to respect well-read, well-educated people; accordingly, women (and men) tended to be more interested in popular and classical literature, various exhibitions, lectures, and other things we today would ascribe to the urban intelligentsia. One has to remember that by late socialism, the so-called mass intelligentsia comprised upwards of 50 million people, or well over a third of the working population. Today all that has collapsed, and the influx of Western pop culture, plus the creation of our own imitating it, has given rise to more simplistic tastes.

* Soviet women drank significantly less than Russian women today; the same is true of smoking; in the late 80s, only about 1 in 10 women smoked; now it's estimated at 1 in 3.

* Younger Soviet women seem to have had less social stresses placed on them in terms of looks; that's not to say that they didn't care about looks, but various factors (fewer addictive foods, mandatory physical education in high school and university, no access to hormonal birth control, less makeup) helped to keep them from focusing on things that many women obsess over today. Perhaps most important in all of this was the lack of the Western beauty magazine culture, and of unattainable and unrealistic portrayals of female beauty in pop culture, which probably had a positive overall impact on women's self-image and psychological health.

Ultimately, I would say the Soviet woman has not died out. Traditions passed down by the previous generation could not be entirely wiped out in the space of a few decades. But they are becoming more rare, and there are many pitfalls (mass culture, peer pressure, etc.) making it difficult to pass these concepts and ideas on.
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