Saturday, February 28, 2015

Female Teachers Need Rich Husband

By Stephen Wilson

(Moscow, Russia) 'I want to offer you some advise. You ought to focus on your personal life and find a rich husband,' declared the Rector of the Ural State Mining university to any teacher who is dissatisfied with recent cuts in their salaries. 

Nikolai Kosarev, a local head of the All Russia People's front, which is a pro-Kremlin coalition, being a rector of a mining university fitting, adds that there are a lot of available and agreeable miners who would make suitable husbands. Displaying a note reminding us that the age of chivalry is not over, he reassures female teachers 'if the husbands abuse them, the All Russian people's Front will come to the rescue!' Teachers certainly could do with more financial support. This is partly, though not wholly, because in September in the Svedlovsk region, in Yekaterinburg, the teachers' payment check has been cut by 75 million rubles ($1.2 million ). A teacher in this region earns an estimated 29,000 rubles a month which works out at 596 dollars, although even this is a rosy estimate. Their salaries are lower than the Russian national  average salary. In contrast, the average bricklayer makes 48,000 rubles, a plumber 40,000 rubles, and a joiner
50,000 rubles (mainly in Moscow).

I attempted to persuade some female teachers to consider his proposals. I was not too successful. One unmarried teacher laughed at me, saying 'Those people in the government are idiots.' There was one problem that Kosarev overlooked. A lot of female teachers are already married and it still can't pay the bills. What should they do? Get a divorce then marry a richer husband? And what do male teachers do?  Should they try and marry some female miners?


One Russian English teacher called Olga said she had given up looking for a husband because it was so difficult. She had tried all kinds of dating agencies and matchmakers without success. In some cases, a teacher told me, 'We are glad we divorced our husbands because we can manage better without them.' I came across one teacher who told how she had divorced her husband because he spent all his time
wandering around the house and to the balcony drinking beer and chatting with his neighbors, while she was working like a dog.

When one Russian teacher entered her staff office to inform them she had just got divorced, they congratulated her by saying, 'We also divorced from our husbands and are better off!' It was like joining some new sisterhood!

Alena, a Russian journalist, who is in no hurry to get married, told me, 'There are a lot of men in Russia who rather than seek to do any work and support a wife, look for a wife who will keep them.' I wondered whether this was too hard on Russian men, as most Russian men I meet seem worn out from overwork!

I gave up informing female teachers about Kosarev's proposals as I got  some pretty nasty responses. Kosarev claims he has been misunderstood and his comments misconstrued. He claims he simply wants to make female teachers happy and spare them too much toil!

That is not how all female teachers see things.  'If you don't shut up Stephen, I will hit you over the head,' and 'It is not funny Stephen.'

'Who is this Kosarev?' They thought I was either naive or trying to make a fool of them. The main problem is finding your second half is often highly problematic. However, watch out that your dreams can come true! A Danish philosopher once stated, 'If you marry, you will regret it, if you don't marry, you will also regret it!' Or as Humphre
Bogart once quipped, 'You can't have everything.'

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