Monday, August 14, 2017

Are High Taxes Preventing Women From Having More Orgasms?

By Robert Wenzel

On Sunday The New York Times published an essay by Kristen R. Ghodsee, Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism.

Even feminists and communists believe the Ghodsee theory is wacky.

For example,
The European Journal of Women's Studies published a paper by the anti-capitalist feminist Nanette Funk titled, A very tangled knot: Official state socialist women’s organizations, women’s agency and feminism in Eastern European state socialism.

The paper took aim at Ghodsee among others.

From the abstract  (my bold):
This article discusses some current research claims on gender and state socialism in Eastern Europe from 1945 to 1989. It raises questions about claims by Revisionist Feminist Scholars that official state socialist women’s organizations were ‘agents’ on behalf of women, or women’s movements, perhaps feminist, and not ‘transmission belts’ of communist parties. State socialist policies are described as ‘friendly towards women’ and ‘pro-women’. In contrast, the author claims that these organizations both were and were not agents on behalf of women, and also prevented women’s agency.
Indeed, Ghodsee holds the view that communism in Eastern Europe was just wonderful for women. From her NYT piece:
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.

A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women.
 Her explanation for this(my bold):
 How to account for this facet of life behind the Iron Curtain?...

Although East European Communist states needed women’s labor to realize their programs for rapid industrialization after World War II, the ideological foundation for women’s equality with men was laid by August Bebel and Friedrich Engels in the 19th century. After the Bolshevik takeover, Vladimir Lenin and Aleksandra Kollontai enabled a sexual revolution in the early years of the Soviet Union, with Kollontai arguing that love should be freed from economic considerations....

Agnieszka Koscianska, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Warsaw, told me that pre-1989 Polish sexologists “didn’t limit sex to bodily experiences and stressed the importance of social and cultural contexts for sexual pleasure.” It was state socialism’s answer to work-life balance: “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.”
The elephant in the vagina that Ghodsee chooses to ignore is that millions were killed in the Soviet Union.

R. J. Rummel writes in Death By Government:
Probably almost 62 million people, nearly 54,800, 000 of them citizens, have been murdered by the Communist Party--the government--of the Soviet Union.

Old and young, healthy and sick, men and women, even infants and the infirm, were killed in cold blood. They were not combatants in civil war or rebellions; they were not criminals. Indeed, nearly all were guilty of....nothing.
Needless to say, death stops orgasms.

But Ghodsee does appear to have a point when she quotes Koscianska who observed that stress and overwork are not beneficial in aiding women in achieving orgasm.

Thus, in modern day America, one must ask: What are the causal factors behind women being overworked and under stress?

The answers seem obvious. The stress for women increases as Social Justice Warriors demand that women be put in more stressful jobs. And the overwork can be directly linked to the high tax rates in modern America which make it difficult for many males to bring home enough money to support a family on their own and thus the wife must go to work---leaving her according to Ghodsee and  Koscianska to tired for orgasms. And they probably have a point.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.

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