Only the New York Times would rehash this old piece of leftist garbage. Evidently the author, Kristen R. Ghodsee, a professor of Russian and East European studies at the University of Pennsylvania, wasn’t alive during the Soviet era. Ghoidsee’s case study focused on East German women who were alleged to have more orgasms than women in West Berlin. Reading the Times Op-Ed one thing becomes immediately clear, she’s an apologist for the many wrong perpetrated by communists.
Evidently Ghoidsee never saw pictures of the breadlines, was ignorant of the constant secret police surveillance, didn’t know that children were encouraged to inform on their parents if they uttered anything but the party line narrative. Ghoisee is, in my opinion, a cheap leftist academic propagandist who like her fellow travellers, lives in a delusional world where oppression and hunger enhanced the amount of orgasms of women living under communism.
So….The idea that women, worrying if there was going to be any bread available the next day to feed their children, had much of a sex drive to begin with is ludicrous.
It occurred to me this was a propaganda piece designed to assure ignorant under-educated young millennials that living under communism was a thrill ride – however, you can bet the sex wasn’t….WFM
NY Times Op-Ed: Women Had Better Sex Under Communist Regimes
By Alex Griswold, Washington Free Beacon, August 14, 2017
A New York Times op-ed published Saturday hyped the quality of sex women enjoyed living in communist countries during the Cold War.
“Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism,” argued Kristen R. Ghodsee, a professor of Russian and East European studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ghodsee wrote that it is a “collective stereotype” that “does not tell the whole story” for Americans to view life in the Communist bloc in Easter Europe as “bleak landscapes of gray concrete, miserable men and women languishing in long lines to shop in empty markets, and security services snooping on the private lives of citizens.”
“Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances, and guaranteed free child care,” she continued.
“But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.”
Ghodsee cited a 1990 study that found West German women had only half as many orgasms as their East German counterparts. She also interviewed former Eastern bloc women who fondly remember all those communist orgasms.
“Sure, some things were bad during that time, but my life was full of romance,” remarked a 65-year-old Bulgarian woman. “After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”
Agnieszka Koscianska, a professor of anthropology at the University of Warsaw, told Ghodsee that pre-1989 Polish sexologists said that sex is not limited to “bodily experiences” and “social and cultural contexts for sexual pleasure” need to be taken into account.
“Even the best stimulation, they argued, will not help to achieve pleasure if a woman is stressed or overworked, worried about her future and financial stability,” Koscianska said.
State socialism, therefore, was the answer to a healthier work-life balance, which helped lead to better sex, Ghodsee argued.
The Bulgarian woman fretted that her daughter is now less happy in a new, capitalist Bulgaria, with less leisure time.
“All she does is work and work, and when she comes home at night she is too tired to be with her husband,” she said. “But it doesn’t matter, because he is tired, too. They sit together in front of the television like zombies. When I was her age, we had much more fun.”