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Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia

Valerie Sperling


Is Vladimir Putin macho, or is he a “fag”? this book investigates how gender stereotypes and sexualization have been used as tools of political legitimation in Putin’s Russia. Despite their political polarization, regime allies and detractors alike have wielded traditional concepts of masculinity, femininity, and homophobia as a means of symbolic endorsement or disparagement of political leaders and policies. By repeatedly using machismo as a means of legitimation, Putin’s regime opened the door to the concerted use of gendered rhetoric and imagery as a means to challenge regime authority. Sex ... More

Keywords: Putin, Russia, feminism, Pussy Riot, gender, masculinity, homophobia, political legitimacy, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199324347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Valerie Sperling, author
Clark University