Gender and Choice Among Russia’s Upper Class
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This chapter explores how choice plays out for the rich in terms of gender. It asks to what extent the wealthy and the large majority of Russians experience the gender norms prevalent in Russia differently and examines life situations when even the rich have their life choices restricted. In the first part of the chapter, Russian men are the topic of analysis. This is followed by a brief discussion of two themes: intimate relationships and gendered upbringing. A third part deals with elite femininities, while the final part looks at some of the paradoxes observed among privileged homosexual men.