France fans pose for photo with a Russian woman in Nikolskaya street near Red Square in eve of the final soccer match Croatia and France during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup, setting off a fierce debate in the host nation about the roles and rights of women. Russian women who have dated the football fans have been shamed by some Russian commentators, denounced for allegedly undermining the country's morals and gene pool. Still, the reaction against Russian women's World Cup dalliances has been so strong, some feminists in Russia think it could actually advance their cause by shocking even conservative women who wouldn't identify themselves as feminists.Burger King stumbled badly while trying to counter the censorious attitudes in Russia.It ended up being harshly criticized when it offered 3 million rubles ($48,000) and a lifetime of Whopper burgers to any Russian woman impregnated by a World Cup player.That's especially notable given the Russian population is about 54 percent female, one of the world's biggest gender imbalances.A 30-year-old Russian woman named Yulia, sporting a bright yellow Brazilian football shirt, joked about the possible benefits to Russia of such cross-cultural alliances.
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