Femininity was explained differently in different cultures and at different times. In Russia sympathy, sensitivity, carefulness, tolerance, tenderness, modesty were included in this concept. For Russian men not only appearance of a woman is important. They also pay attention at such character traits as character, neatness, delicacy, and orderliness. Being tender, subtle and weak are classic ‘Russian woman's’ traits accepted by men.
Femininity may be conventionally divided into 2 components – an outer and an inner one. Outer femininity means how a woman looks and what kind of emotions and feelings she evokes. These are both feminine style of clothing, which is usually dresses, trousers, flotant cloth blouses and high heels and being sleek, love to her own body and a desire to share her beauty with the whole world. These are also coquetry and knowing how to win a man's heart. Inner femininity is an ability to energize a man without no special effort. A man feels like reaching a success with such kind of a woman near him.
Any foreigner who has ever been in a relationship with a Russian woman will tell you that he has never met such a woman before. Slavic girls are ready for desperate moves, crazy passion and deep feelings. They are often reckless in love. Russian women are more interesting and educated than foreign women of the same age. One can discuss any topic with a Russian woman. One can find originality in her. A childish spontaneity, vulnerability, humbleness and tolerance are combined in her in a strange way. She is playful and nice, sometimes capricious and unpredictable. But she knows how to sympathize, understand and support a man on a knife edge. These have always been the qualities Russian men valued and women have been trying to fit them. Probably that’s why feministic movements of a western type have never been either popular or successful in Russia.
Instead of trying to meet non-existing feministic demands Russian women still care about their appearance and inner beauty. At the same time the Russian state pays special attention to family demands. A Russian woman has one of the longest maternity leaves in the whole world (up to 3 years with protected employment).
Over the last years they have quite respectable allowances (thousands Euro) for the second child, either born or adopted. This leading role of a woman as a mother is considered quite normal in Russia, as it’s a keystone of the society.