ST. PETERSBURG — The women riffed with all the market about menopause, female genitalia being single in contemporary Russia.
There is even a gag about spouse killing. The crowd — mostly ladies — instantly got the laugh.
That is Russian stand-up comedy, the Me Too version.
Gradually at very first — however now in increasing numbers — Russian female comics are taking to the level to challenge the status quo. Embedded within the humor will also be severe reckonings to their countrymen’s grip on energy, in both the Kremlin and over their individual everyday lives.
In a variety of ways, Russia continues to be one step aside from feminism because it’s defined in areas of the western and somewhere else. While Communism gave Soviet-era women key freedoms years in front of their Western siblings — through the right to vote to...