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I just discovered one of my female LJ buddies doesn't know how to drive! Completely shocking to me! Is it common for Russian females not to have drivers' licences, or regularly drive cars? I couldn't survive without a car or driving skills. I've driven since I was 16 years old, and always a manual transmission. When I finally finished my doctorate degree in law four years ago, I bought this Audi A5. This photo was taken on the day of purchase, Christmas Eve 2009. It was a gift to myself for all of the dedication and hard work it took to get that damn degree. I love it, very fast and fun to drive.

And what about shooting? Do Russian women go to the range or commonly handle guns? :) My sister and I frequently go to an outdoor shooting range with my father. I've shot a .22 pistol, 9mm Glock and a .357 Magnum, but I don't like the latter because it's too powerful and scary. Flame shooting out of the barrel!! I don't know Russian gun laws. Can private citizens own guns and, if so, what are the limitations? Of course you know the right to bear arms is protected under the U.S. Constitution, and the gun culture in America is huge.
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I think I'm beginning to understand why Russian men consider American women to be "manly" or "beasts." :)) In fact, I do have a lot of traditionally male traits but alas I'm a very emotional creature with big boobs and a nurturing personality. So, I can't escape my womanhood entirely. In most cases I fully embrace it, but definitely don't adhere to the notion that everything must be done for me simply because I'm a woman. Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the knowledge to handle basic life skills on their own.

Спокойной ночи! :)

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kdementi
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's normal, and not only for women. For example, I'm 23 and I have no driver license too, because it's not so necessary for me. If I need it, I'll take driver license exam, but it still was not necessary for me :))
By the way, I found some statistic data. In 2010, only 37% of Russians (both men and women) had driver licenses: http://www.sunhome.ru/journal/127222

Edited at 2013-11-06 06:42 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
This is why I love my readers, they are always teaching me new things. :) Actually, it's quite obvious when you see all of the people roaming on the sides of provincial Russian roads. Many citizens walking great distances to get where they need to be. In the city, it's understandable that many do not drive as public transportation infrastructure is solid and accessible. It's the same here in DC but I would rather be in the comfort of my car than on a crowded subway train. And the DC region has the worst traffic in the entire nation.
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pyenot
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've driven since I was 16 years old, and always a manual transmission. - респект и уважуха :)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Спасибо!
g_kar
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
>Completely shocking to me! Is it common for Russian females not to have drivers' licenses, or regularly drive cars?
It's common for Russian males too :)

Afaik more than 50% of all adult people in Russia don't drive (couldn't find current data, it was like 65-70% ten years ago). As comparison, in Ukraine it was 70% two years ago (http://www.nr2.ru/kiev/360279.html).

And it's much worse for guns - we have very few shooting ranges even in major cities, and it's virtually impossible to open new ones due to police/safety restrictions. Most people can't own a handgun legally. We have ~5-6 millions hunting shotguns, but that's not much for 140 million population.


>I think I'm beginning to understand why Russian men consider American women to be "manly" or "beasts." :
Very strange impression. I haven't personally seen much american women in my life (may be 4 or 5), but all of them weren't beasts or manly :)
I noticed more active social behaviour and less active use of "bright" makeup, however; but these are good traits I think :)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Is it difficult to obtain one of these hunting shotguns? For instance, is a background check necessary, or anyone can buy them? Yes, American women are more plain than Russian and Eastern European women. A lot of men equate this to being unfeminine but I don't agree with it. Personally, I don't understand men's attraction to overly made-up women. I'd rather a man appreciate me in my natural state, for who I really am. Plus, if they know what I look like without make-up, they will not be so scared when we wake up in the morning. :)
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Nov. 6th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
dysto
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
it's not spam
a few pictures of armed ukrainian women )
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fesma94
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Bang bang, my baby shot me down (c) ))))))
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe the gun photo will scare trolls away. :)
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general_denikin
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Do you drive the cars with a stick?
It is crazy. Never saw the women who drives with a stick. Only myself
whiteeye
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
What's a problem with stick?;) I am driving manual transmission.
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whiteeye
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
I love cars and have driving license since I am 20, so almost 10 years. I love to drive and can't imagine my life without car. Regarding people who don't have driving skills I can say that maybe there is no big necessity as Russia is more urban country and people live and work in the same city. You saw it!:) And also we don't have a good infrastructure to own a car: quality of roads, road system, parking, etc:) And we have good developed public transport: buses, trains.

As for guns, one guy has already told it's forbidden to own gun except several cases.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well we are the same in our passion for driving! I often take for granted the excellent road/highway infrastructure in America, but I'm always reminded of it during my Russian visits. :)
alsh4ka
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's common not to have licences. I don't have it))) And it's a luxury for me to have a car right now. I don't have children, I can easily get to me jod by metro. And there's no available parking space near my house...
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
I've experienced this lack of parking in many Russian apartment complexes. I'm lucky because I have an assigned parking space at my apartment building, which has a huge indoor garage attached (five levels for residents).
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onkel_hans
Nov. 6th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
I, since moved to Beantown, fill up my car once in a season.

Regarding guns, south of where you live, you cam easily buy 8 handguns a month (there is now a limit). But there are no shooting galleries. This is my major kick in the butt to the NRA. If one has guns, one must practice not to shoot off the balls if one has some. A gun shop owner explained to me this is because of the responsibility insurance upon shooting galleries.

Edited at 2013-11-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Gun laws in America, this is a topic for a whole separate post! You know Virginia is one of the most gun friendly States in America and home to the mighty NRA. I pass their headquarters every weekend when I drive to my parent's house. I can't imagine the liability insurance these ranges must pay. However, there is a legal principle known as "assumption of risk," and it is always a strong defense for the range in the event of an accident. Moreover, all ranges make you sign a very detailed waiver exempting them from any liability before you can shoot. In general, outdoor ranges are very rare.
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nguryev
Nov. 6th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
The truth is the world is different. I know pretty much Finnish women who don't have a driver's license not only Russians. They don't need it. The public transport works well and some of them bysicle a lot, which is comfortable in Finland.
What about manual transmission. I guess when a person grows older he/she understands an automatic transmission and Macintosh computer usability and comfortability. It happened to me after I turned 30.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 7th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
In the Washington, DC area many people commute to work via bicycle. There's excellent cycling infrastructure, with separate bike lanes, etc. and our metro is very good. So, if you're a city person there's really no need for a car. Plus, in most DC apartment complexes you will pay $200 - $400 extra per month for a parking space. Yet another reason I live outside of the city. A car is essential for me because most of my family is about 40 minutes away, in an area where there's no metro station. I visit them almost every weekend if I'm not traveling.
wojzeh
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
You can pose the question about how many Russians have their foreign passport to may go abroad, or how many of them had law case in a court, too.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 7th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
The most recent statistic I can find is from 2009, showing that 87% of Americans have a drivers license. I know the percentage of Russians with international passports is very, very low. It's a pity more citizens don't travel outside of Russia so they can better understand how the country compares to others re infrastructure, quality of life, culture, etc.
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asharky
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
"...I bought this Audi A5.."
O_o!

'Lord of the rings!' )

http://vk.com/video28776960_151905220
qi_tronic
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
And the most important when driving:

"Don't Appear to Be Clenching Your Buttocks When Pulled Over For Not Coming to a Complete Stop or Be Tortured by Doctors"

reason. com/blog/2013/11/05/dont-appear-to-be-clenching-your-buttock

peacetraveler22
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've already provided my legal analysis of this situation on page 5 of the comments here - http://fritzmorgen.livejournal.com/637019.html. :))
real_marsel
Nov. 6th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
I can't drive and have no wish to have a car. But I wanna have a gun. But it's impossible in Russia.
peacetraveler22
Nov. 7th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
A car to me equals freedom. I don't like the feeling of relying on public transport or other people to get where I need to be.

Maybe someday gun laws in Russia will change, but I doubt it. It seems in some places society is still too wild to allow wide spread ownership of firearms. Everyone thinks Americans are running around shooting each other but it's not reality. If you compare the number of shootings with the number of Americans who legally own guns, you will understand that the overwhelming majority of U.S. gun owners are responsible. There's no way to know for sure how many guns are legally owned in America because not all of them have to be registered. I've read estimates as high as 270 million guns.
dubovich
Nov. 6th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm 37, I live in NY and I don't have a driver's license. Pretty embarrassing, but apparently many "original" new-Yorkers, not just immigrants, don't know how to drive. Or shoot...
peacetraveler22
Nov. 7th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Yes, New York is not as gun friendly as good ole Virginia. :) To me, NYC is the American equivalent of Moscow. A concrete jungle with a very fast pace of life. The same obstacles faced with parking, congestion, etc. I could never live there and don't even like to visit. When I was younger it was more attractive, but in my old age I like peace and quiet. :)
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