Dr Oleg Torsunov Russan FederationIn recent years we’ve seen the rise of gender as a social construct and gender roles have become blurred. Gender and sex are often used interchangeably. According to the dictionary, gender is a category into which sexually-reproducing organism are divided based on their reproductive roles in their species.

Over the years terms have evolved like transvestite,  transexual and now transgender. The LGBT acronym  has a become never-ending expanding list of letters and there seems to be no end in sight.

About a year ago I watch a refreshing lecture by Dr Oleg Torsunov on the Russian persective on gender roles. There are elements of David Deida’s book, The Way of the Superior Man, in this lecture. Professor Jordan Peterson’s work on Personality confirms these clearly defined gender roles produce higher quality relationships, marriages and families.

The video was originally translated by Inessa S, who specialises in Russian-to-English translations of videos. Here’s an excellent interview with her about why she started her popular Youtube channel.

Is Dr Oleg Torsunov Conservative?

This is a little different to what I would normally translate, but sociological topics such as 3rd wave feminism and the prevalence of pornography in Western countries are important to deliberate. Russia’s Dr. Oleg Torsunov would be considered as highly ‘conservative’ in Western liberal spheres, however it is difficult to outright discard the points he makes as untrue. After all, while education for girls all over the world is a basic human right, the Rockefellers had admitted that the women’s movement was not as much about women’s liberation, but about being able to “tax the other half of the population.” So, how much of the ‘liberated’ women, especially in Western countries, are truly happy – having been absolved of the requirement to be mothers and wives, in order to be able to make a dignified living. While some women truly make this independent decision, many are also influenced by pop culture and societal pressures. Similarly, masculinity is often judged by the degree of promiscuity that a man partakes in; whereas such over indulgence can lead to degradation of a man’s character. Similarly, the easy availability of pornography on the internet leads some men to believe that a line not need be drawn at all. What do you think?

Watch the lecture by Oleg Torsunov re-uploaded onto Youtube.