The war against family [3:14]
Coming to power, the Communists launched a complete war against the family and religion, the foundations of any society. The very understanding of family was declared “bourgeois”, that is a form of repression of individuals' personality. In the '20s, Soviet legislation legalized abortions, made divorces easier and easier, affirmed the principle of free love and the public discussion of “the gender question”. The enormous number of neglected children and the spreading of venereal diseases obliged the government to reject the idea of sexual revolution by the mid-1930s, and the concept of a stable family was once again valued.
The family crisis in early Soviet Union
Legislation changes: in the ‘20s the “free love” principle and the consideration of “physical needs” as the basis for love between a man and a woman, gave origin to free abortion, easier divorces – even unilaterally, without informing the spouse –, neglected childhood, the spreading of venereal diseases.
By the mid-1930s, however, due to the social crisis and the required stability for the consolidation of the nation, the Soviet government reje...
The contradiction of State's family policy
Family is the most ancient, fundamental social structure. Changes to the family alter the framework for the formation of an individual and, as a result, the very destiny of a person.
In the consciousness of a Soviet person, according to the communist ideology, the interests of society should prevail over those of the individual. The family was a “cell of the government”, which controlled private life. Control over the consciousness of the popul...