Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

During the post-Soviet period from 1991 to the present, Kyrgyz society has experienced a confluence of different and contrasting ideologies. Although societal change affects all age cohorts, it certainly affects each group differently. The younger generation is less influenced by gender and sexual egalitarian ideals from the Soviet period, but instead find themselves confronted by two highly contradictory ideals of men and women, that of conservative Islam and that of Western media. These very different approaches to sexuality and gender roles leave a highly contradictory situation in which to examine Kyrgyz norms definitively. The gendered expectations of the middle-aged cohort have been shaped by years of Soviet education, in which men and women were professed to be equal, and in which many of the laws attempted to bring more equality to the sexes. Among older Kyrgyz, gender and sexuality have remnants of pre-Soviet ideals and highly traditional approaches, as well as Soviet expectations that women should participate actively in society.

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