Sex in the USSR
In the Soviet Union people were curious about sex as much as people in any other country, even more so since there was no literature on the subject. So... how was it to have sex in such country as the Soviet Union (USSR)?
SEX DOESN'T SELL
First of all, true, there was no literature on the subject. Other than the word of mouth, the only way one could address possible issues was to visit a doctor. Suffice it to say that first Sigmund Freud books appeared only in the late 80s. Other than (reportedly) deaf people selling porn together with portraits of Stalin, there was no pornography industry. All kinds of public entertainment were stripped of sex drive. No questionable scenes in movies, no suggestive music. No "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?", no "Let's spend the night together", no "Come on, baby, light my fire"...
However, it does not mean that the government did not realize the selling potential of sex appeal. When it came to exporting Soviet-made cars to foreign markets, all kinds of alluring imagery were exploited. Yes, that's how we'll get you, decadent Westerners, believed Soviet industry bosses. That and low prices. Marxist economy in effect.
Soviet people had extreme trouble engaging in loving activities. See for yourselves: most apartments in cities were shared with parents or other family members for decades, so it was rarely an option. Couples had to escape to forests, offices closed for night and bomb-shelters. The American way of doing it in the backseat of a Cadillac was beyond the wildest dreams: only a tiny minority had cars in the USSR.
For people in the country it was easier, with their spacious barns and cozy haystacks. It would almost look like Eden, were it not for an empty bottle of vodka lying at the doorstep.
And how did Soviets date? After shy glances at each other and exchanging phone numbers, days of intense romance would begin. But dating options were not that spectacular: cinemas, ice-cream cafes, village dance halls or city discotheques. Maybe a visit to the zoo.
Restaurants were reserved for very rare occasions, not for casual dates. There was no bar culture; beer halls were filthy and enjoyed exclusively by rough, hard-drinking men.
More intellectual types went to theaters to enjoy company of each other during Uncle Vanya or a similarly long play. Simpler souls went to the circus, where they fondled each other in the shimmering dark to the magic beat and the elephant smell.
Being a class-free society, the Soviet Union was a motley assembly of sex types, resulting in bizarre couples. Depressed factory men and arrogant professors' daughters. Well-to-do engineers and luscious peasant girls, with the smell of fresh milk and hay. Unforgiving Komsomol girls and trembling alcoholics, who spent most of their time in lines to beer kiosks. Party functionaries and befurred secret call girls bathed in Chanel.
Consequences of Soviet sex were confusion, shame, chance children, or more sex. If the intercourse was pleasant, then next steps were to be taken. Some women kept sex diaries and tried to save up for another condom for their men (sexy lingerie was out of question). Guys were concerned where to buy a killing cologne for their next hot date.
So... think about it. If the Soviet Union had five-year plan posters with scantily-clad girls demanding harder work, chances are the USSR would still be there. People misinterpret the Cold War as a reference to the policies of containment, but really it should be taken in its real sexual sense.
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