Although women had other aspirations in life, the dominant theme promoted in the culture and media at the time was that a husband was far more important for a woman than a college degree.
But I would say there is also a steel behind the silk in idealized image of both Russian and Japanese woman, that is probably another reason for the popularity. Also, let me note that this is huge generalization, there are all kinds of different men in the world …
It signifies that the Russian woman Yana is meant to learn, to educate herself and to find purpose. She is eccentric, a wisdom seeker, spiritual, and a loner. She usually succeeds as: analyst, consultant, professor, in earth or maritime occupations, an individualist, occultist or observer.
Reinventing Romantic Poetry offers a new look at the Russian literary scene in the nineteenth century. While celebrated poets such as Aleksandr Pushkin worked within a male-centered Romantic aesthetic—the poet as a bard or sexual conqueror; nature as a mother or mistress; the poet’s muse as an idealized woman—Russian women attempting to write Romantic poetry found they had to reinvent …
In 1987, Gorbachev allowed a Russian edition of Burda Fashion magazine to be produced and distributed. The next year, Zhurnal Mod began a new run as the first "proper" fashion magazine in the Soviet Union. In content, it was virtually indistinguishable from a Western fashion magazine, although ODMO provided all the styles.
It gets really annoying. Every one knows about the whorish true nature of Russian women. One of the reasons I enjoy reading articles on RoK, is because it teaches men on how not to pedestalize women (even the “good” ones). Unfortunately, what Russian women can offer is a beautiful body and good sex, but no personality.
It is the number of practicality and construction, work and productivity, order and management. 4 signifies realism, tradition and system. A person is meant to develop and harvest the earth’s resources. The Russian woman Valentina is loyal, patient, practical, steadfast, logical, hard-working and earthy.
Jain women both accept and rewrite the idealized roles received from religious texts, practices, and social expectation. The laywomen choose human – as opposed to divine – women as ideals of Jain piety, especially when the woman’s religiosity was rewarded with the health and prosperity of her family.
While celebrated poets such as Aleksandr Pushkin worked within a male-centered Romantic aesthetic-the poet as a bard or sexual conqueror; nature as a mother or mistress; the poet’s muse as an idealized woman-Russian women attempting to write Romantic poetry found they had to reinvent poetic conventions of the day to express themselves as women and as poets.