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Women's 'love lives' better in East Germany

world Updated: Oct 20, 2009 15:57 IST

The fall of the Berlin Wall might have been a reason to celebrate for many, but the love life of women was be better in East Germany before the re-unification even though they didn't discuss it freely.

Though under the totalitarian state in the Communist East Germany, pornography and prostitution were taboos, people were more liberated when it came to their sex life, women in particular, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Back then, "men and women depended on their own imagination. That made sex less stressful," said Berlin writer Jutta Resch-Treuwerth, now 67, who wrote for a lonely-hearts column for young Easterners for 20 years.

"The sex trade in West Germany was considered by the regime as bourgeois decadence. (But) in a rigid state that wanted to control everything, citizens were more emancipated with respect to their sex life, women in particular," noted sociologist in Leipzig, Prof Kurt Starke, said.

In fact, better access to higher education and jobs along with free abortion and contraception and generous family policies favoured a less traditional role for women in the East than in the West at the time.