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Russia Gives Its Workers Day Off to Have Sex, Get Pregnant

Jill Filipovic: It's called National Conception Day, which isn't quite as catchy as my term: National Russians Fuck Like Cold, Pale Rabbits In Furry Hats Day.
 
 
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This post, written by Jill Filipovic, originally appeared on Feministe

This is especially interesting on the heels of this: Russia is giving people a day off of work to have sex. And if you give birth exactly nine months later, you get a prize, which might be anything from money to a refrigerator to a car. It's being called National Conception Day -- which isn't quite as catchy as my term for it, which is National Russians Fuck Like Cold, Pale Rabbits In Furry Hats Day.

It's being held in the Volga River region, which I also initially read as "Volva River region."

But the humor of people doin' it in an effort to win a refrigerator aside, this is one aspect of what I was alluding to in my previous post -- the politics of population control are fraught with racism, and white people world-wide are terrified that brown people are "out-breeding" them. Russia is a good example:

Last year, President Vladimir Putin called the demographic crisis the country's most acute problem and announced a broad effort to boost the birthrate, including cash subsidies for couples giving birth to more than one child. Women who give birth to their second or third child receive $10,000 vouchers to pay for education or home repairs.

When our world is already over-populated and population growing, why in God's name would a declining population be a "country's mos acute problem"? Only if the wrong kinds of people are the ones doing the populating.

Jill Filipovic is a New York-based freelance writer and a law student at NYU. More of her writing is available online at her blog, Feministe.

 
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