golos_dobra (golos_dobra) wrote,

August Bebel and Friedrich Engels in New York Times


Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism

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. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

wir bauen auf
-we build up
und reißen ein
-and break down
wir fangen an
-we start
und lassens sein
-and let it be
wir wollen viel
-we want much
wir können nichts
-we can nothing
erst kommt die wahrheit
-first comes the truth
dann kommt die pflicht
-then comes the duty
es geht nichts los
-(hard to translate bc it basically means the same as the next sentence)
dann fängt nichts an
-then nothing starts
und wenn nicht heut
-and when not today
dann irgendwann
-then one day
mal geht nichts rein
-first nothing gets in
dann kommt nichts raus
-then nothing comes out
nur heiße luft
-just hot air
in diesem ehrenwerten haus
-in this honorably house

Although gender wage disparities and labor segregation persisted, and although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined. Eastern bloc women did not need to marry, or have sex, for money. The socialist state met their basic needs and countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany committed extra resources to support single mothers, divorcées and widows. With the noted exceptions of Romania, Albania and Stalin’s Soviet Union, most Eastern European countries guaranteed access to sex education and abortion.

Some liberal feminists in the West grudgingly acknowledged those accomplishments but were critical of the achievements of state socialism because they did not emerge from independent women’s movements, but represented a type of emancipation from above. Many academic feminists today celebrate choice but also embrace a cultural relativism dictated by the imperatives of intersectionality. Any top-down political program that seeks to impose a universalist set of values like equal rights for women is seriously out of fashion.


Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don't Buy the Russia Story
Evidence that undermines the "election hack" narrative should get more attention.

By Leonid Bershidsky

August 10, 2017, 9:39 AM CDT
August 10, 2017, 12:39 PM CDT

(Corrects volume of data transferred in sixth paragraph.)

The VIPS theory relies on forensic findings by independent researchers who go by the pseudonyms "Forensicator" and "Adam Carter." The former found that 1,976 MB of Guccifer's files were copied from a DNC server on July 5 in just 87 seconds, implying a transfer rate of 22.6 megabytes per second -- or, converted to a measure most people use, about 180 megabits per second, a speed not commonly available from U.S. internet providers. Downloading such files this quickly over the internet, especially over a VPN (most hackers would use one), would have been all but impossible because the network infrastructure through which the traffic would have to pass would further slow the traffic. However, as Forensicator has pointed out, the files could have been copied to a thumb drive -- something only an insider could have done -- at about that speed.

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