The spokesperson for Russia's Foreign Ministry says women just need to tell sexist men when to back down
Even Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, says State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky once made sexist comments to her, when they first met four years ago at a forum in St. Petersburg, but then he stopped when she confronted him about it. Zakharova described the incident in an appearance on Ekho Moskvy with the station’s chief editor, who was also present for Slutsky’s remarks in St. Petersburg.
Before she shared the anecdote, Zakharova prepared listeners for a “bombshell,” but her story was apparently intended to suggest that the Duma deputy corrects his indecent behavior when asked to stop.
“My experience shows that when you draw a red line — your own line, right here and now — it creates an opportunity to stop certain things and then reach a new level in relations,” Zakharova said.