diaryofnnt asked: Hello! I am going to be in Almaty in the fall studying at KIMEP! I really like your blog. I also like feminism, how do you find being a feminist in a former soviet country?
That’s awesome! Will you be coming from another city in Kazakhstan? A lot of my friends study at KIMEP (boyfriend included, he’s getting his Masters in International Relations), and they really like it! What do you think you’ll be studying?
It’s funny you ask that question about feminism, because for me it was also just interesting transitioning from a small, liberal women’s college (feminismfeminism) to the “real world” (since college can also be like a bubble sometimes). There were certain things here that I was pretty shocked by at first, like how men wouldn’t shake my hand or let me carry heavy objects, or how concerned
if not somehow obsessed the girls here are with their appearance. I realized after a while that it’s culture, and it’s not my place to try to change it; likewise, I myself don’t have to change and become less feminist, I’ve just learned to adapt more.
I’m glad you like my blog, look forward to seeing your posts, too!
PS: To add, it’s really interesting that you say “post soviet”…to a certain extent, I think the Soviet Union was actually quite gender balanced, even more so than the United States. Women were expected to contribute equally to society, and many were engineers/mathematicians/chemists/etc (just like my mom). But then at the same time now you have these Western/Islamic influences all tugging and pulling at the same time…Almaty is quite the interesting place.