Why are Czechs enjoying less sex than they did under the communist regime? Why is it lethal to let you husband do the washing up? And, an unexpected new challenge for Czech go-go dancers. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
A study in the former East Germany has shown that people today are enjoying far less sex than they did under communism. Sociologists say exactly the same thing holds for the Czech Republic. Before the fall of the Iron Curtain sex was one of the very few pleasures that the regime could not interfere with. People could not travel, career opportunities were restricted and shopping on the communist market was more a pain than a pleasure. So people devoted a great amount of their free time to sex. In the present day people are traveling, pursuing careers and making and spending money - and they now have much less time for sex. Statistics show that after the Velvet Revolution Czechs have fewer erotic adventures, fewer extra-marital relationships and devote much less time to sex with their partners. They have their first sexual experience later, and their first child later - if they chose to have one at all. Pity. That's really one thing we didn't have to change.
Does your husband or live-in boyfriend refuse to do the washing up? If you thought that's because he is a lazy bum then you might be doing him a huge injustice. His dislike of washing up may be rooted in an age-old survival instinct. Czech scientists have just published a report according to which washing up detergents have an adverse influence on the male hormones. OK, it does sound like someone paid them to come to this conclusion, but the research team was headed by a leading Czech fertility expert, who has put the full weight of his authority behind it. Dr. Ales Sobka claims that washing up detergent contains substances which change the male hormones into the female hormone estrogen. And this consequently damages the quality of male sperm - all tried and proven in Czech laboratories at Olomouc University. So the next time there's a pile of dirty dishes in the sink - remember what's at stake and don't let your loved one come close. After all, he can always do the vacuuming instead. Pity that no one has found the time to study what household chores do to the female body.....
The sight of a Canadian boot usually fills Czech drivers with dread - it means hours lost - a trip to the local police station to pay a fine and then another wait for the police to arrive and remove the boot. But just once in a while it may come in handy. Last week a somewhat absent-minded Czech man misplaced his personal belongings and car keys while shopping for clothes at the Krnov shopping mall. He had parked his car in a side-street and for fear that it would be stolen before he managed to find his spare keys the man plucked up the courage to ask the traffic police for a favor - a Canadian boot for his baby. The police obliged and the man went off to search for his two sets of keys with an easy mind - knowing that his car had police protection.
Time magazine has published a special issue to celebrate sixty years of publishing in Europe, entitled "60 years of heroes". Two Czechs have made the list. Dissident and later president Vaclav Havel rubs shoulders with Nelson Mandela, Charles de Gaulle, Michail Gorbachov or Jicchak Rabin. Mr. Havel's profile was written by his friend, rock musician Lou Reed. And the second Czech is a woman - tennis star Martina Navratilova who was picked not just as a tennis legend but as a strong woman went her own way in life. "People may love her or hate her - but few can remain indifferent," Time magazine says about her. The current Czech president Vaclav Klaus is not on the list - but you will find that he is the author of a profile on Margaret Thatcher.