Sex under Communism
Czechs spent four decades under Communist rule in the 20th century. The authoritarian system controlled all areas of life, including people’s intimate lives. What was sex like under Communism? What was allowed and what was prohibited? And in what ways was the country more liberal than its Western neighbours? Find out in Radio Prague’s new mini-series.
Pornography, sex shops and prostitution were all taboo in communist Czechoslovakia. So how did Czechs live without all that?
Czechoslovakia decriminalised homosexuality in 1961, earlier than many Western European countries. Why was it that the repressive Communist regime showed such tolerance?
In the 1950s, Czech sexologists started to research the female orgasm, outpacing most of their colleagues abroad.
There were no goods in shops. You weren’t allowed to travel. Rock stars didn’t come to the country to perform. So how else were Czechs supposed to entertain themselves?