Russian Style: Performing Gender, Power, and Putinism

Julie Anne Cassiday ’86, University of Wisconsin Press, December 2023

Russian Style examines gender and sexuality in Russian popular culture from 2000-2020, as Vladimir Putin’s control over Russian politics and society grew. As the West liberalized its stance on sexuality and gender, Putin’s Russia moved toward a neoconservative agenda characterized by increasingly exaggerated gender roles, heteronormativity, and homophobia. However, Cassiday examines how gender performativity also inspired citizens to resist and protest the state’s mandate. Cassiday is a professor of Russian at Williams College.