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By L. Attwood

The 'new Soviet individual' the Bolsheviks have been devoted to making was once to be a qualitatively assorted style to that which existed lower than capitalism: a creature prepared and wanting to subordinate his or her personal pursuits to these of society. either women and men might play a whole position within the development of socialism, however the version of the 'new lady' had an extra function - she additionally needed to reproduce the inhabitants. Balancing paintings and relations didn't end up effortless, particularly opposed to the history of moving financial and demographic priorities, and periodic adjustments needed to be made. This e-book explores the ways that the 'new woman', in her quite a few incarnations, was once provided to girl electorate from the Twenties to the tip of the Stalin period within the pages of the preferred women's magazines, Rabotnitsa (The girl employee) and Krest'yanka (The Peasant Woman).

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2 The magazines admitted that use of the woman’s name had not caught on, however, especially amongst rural couples, who were more conservative than their city counterparts. ’3 Until society had the resources to provide for all children, both parents would have a legal duty to support their offspring. The status of illegitimacy was abolished, and children had equal rights whether or not they were born within a ‘registered’ marriage. Men were now no less responsible for children they fathered in casual sexual encounters than in marriage.

1 A married woman no longer had to take her husband’s name. There were now three possibilities: husband and wife could each keep their own names, they could both use his or her name, or they could combine the two. It was also up to them which name they gave their children. If a woman did take her husband’s name on marriage, in the event of divorce she had to revert to her maiden name unless he gave his consent in court for her to continue using his name. 2 The magazines admitted that use of the woman’s name had not caught on, however, especially amongst rural couples, who were more conservative than their city counterparts.

Clearly the financial support of mothers and children was not the only issue.

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