Was Vladimir Putin Sex­ist on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Rachel Dicker -www.us­news.com

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day cel­e­brated March 8, was filled with grat­i­tude for and em­pow­er­ment of women and girls.

Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, too, lent his voice to the ca­coph­ony of well-wish­ers to all wom­ankind.

“Dear women,” he wrote in a state­ment from the Krem­lin, “you pos­sess a mys­te­ri­ous power: you keep up with ev­ery­thing, jug­gle a myr­iad of tasks, and yet re­main ten­der, un­for­get­table and full of charm. You bring good­ness and beauty, hope and light into this world. We are proud of you and we love you.”

The leader went on to hail women as the “true soul of Rus­sia” in a speech.

Many were quick to point out on so­cial me­dia that Putin has been re­spon­si­ble for jail­ing many women stand­ing up for women’s rights and hu­man rights in his coun­try.

Some took is­sue with his words, claim­ing they didn’t have the in­tended ef­fect.

@Re­bec­ca­Shabad NOT THE ONION: Putin: “Dear women, From all my heart, I con­grat­u­late you on In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.”

Cris­ten Conger wrote: For­eign pol­icy bonus if Hills wins: Putin says women “pos­sess a mys­te­ri­ous power.”

(Or is that just a pe­riod joke?)

Bar­rett’s Gym posted: “Vladimir Putin praises women for ‘mys­te­ri­ous pow­ers’ world wide” is prob­a­bly the most ob­jec­tively funny thing I’ll read all day. Mr@MrMaitra wrote: This love let­ter from Putin to women on March 8 was a proper knick­ers drop­per.

Women have a ‘mys­te­ri­ous power,’ ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

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