This iconic Mother Heroine is an artifact of the decade following WWII. Over 25 million Soviets died in that war, and after the Allied victory, the birth rate was stagnant. Those worker bees had to come from somewhere. In 1944 the honorary title of Mother Heroine was established by the Supreme Soviets. Mothers with 10 or more children were awarded a medal and state pensions.
In the 70’s and 80’s, when I was growing up, documentaries about such mothers were on TV from time to time. My thought was that, of course, in a country as large as ours somebody is going to have 10 kids. But in my grandma’s opinion if such mother heroines existed at all, they were alcoholics who had kids to qualify for pensions and then turned around and neglected them. No reasonable woman, she said, would have more than two in this day and age. And to many families two kids were a luxury. Mother Heroine was a target of sarcasm.
The chart above indicates that the current uptake in birth coincides with peak fertility years of those born during the modest uptake of the 1980’s. A more careful study will show that babies are most plentiful in Muslim regions, and that the European part of the country is practically barren.
Much had been said about the post-Soviet demographic collapse, but it was a comparable plunge in the 1960’s that took the country to low fertility levels. At some point in the late 1950’s Russia’s subjects decided to stop bringing new life into this world (I’m sure it can be somehow attributed to homosexual propaganda corrupting minors), and that attitude has proven to have remarkable staying power. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. This post-Soviet hot mama is infinitely more pleasant than the handsome Slavic Fraulein of the 1950’s.
As you can see, a Russian women look particularly fetching after birthing triplets. Unlike the post-war mother heroine, this girl next door does not appear to have a particularly broad neck and shoulders. I suspect the advertizes couldn’t determine what kind of arms she’s supposed to have, so they obscured them with babies. She didn’t gain too much fat in her middle, but her breasts are nothing if not appealing. The viewer can see the seam on her bra pointing right to the nipple area. Although she looks ostensibly European, an Asian chick could project themselves into this unassuming babe.
She’s less ambitious than the Stalinist prototype (three, not ten children), but less of a comrade, too. Unlike her Stalinist predecessor, she radiates no knowledge of moral certitudes. After the whole Soviet fiasco, Russians grew weary of moral certitudes — unless they get to lecture somebody in a New York Times op-ed. One can see this new incarnation of Mother Russia put her children to bed, and then brush her luscious hair and join a group of close friends for vodka and pickles. Unlike Vatolina, the ad agency that produced this poster didn’t set out to create a seminal work of art; their ambition is to be relatable to women and attractive to men. But outside of Russia their natility propaganda is laughable.