As a foreigner, the best way to understand these ideas is to step away from those of the United States and explore these nuances through firsthand experience.
In my Russian conversation class, we discussed the idea of men being “the stronger sex” and how they relate to women.
There are a lot of legends and prejudices about Russians. Once the ice is broken, you will encounter the birth of a practically new person. Russian girls love looking at people with wet from sincerity eyes and half-opened mouth, as if they are trying to say the desired three words of love but can’t decide to do so. Usually, when Russians break the ice, a couple does not hesitate to distribute the roles.
The first reason is her specific trait of character.
“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Being Mean.” Russian girls DO NOT want to overpower their men, but if these men are being ninnies, the plot will crucially and rapidly turn into another direction.
Keep your hands visible for the duration of the meal and keep your elbows off the table.
Use your bread to mop up any excess gravy, but do not completely clean your plate--to do so is to suggest the host did not provide a sufficient amount of food.