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A study called The Sexual Unification of Germany tells what happened, on paper and in some people's heads, when East Germany hooked up with West. After the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in , salacious minds wondered how many, how quickly, how often, and just how Easterners would fall into bed with Westerners. Ingrid Sharp, a senior lecturer in German at the University of Leeds, pored through newspapers and academic papers in search of something related to the answer.
She published her findings in a issue of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. In other words: lots of talk, not much action. In press accounts, though, the joint was jumping. For a little while, anyway. Sharp describes one of the main storylines: "While the traditional behavior of conquering armies killing the men and raping the women was obviously inappropriate for Western men after the collapse of Communism, something very similar seemed to be happening on a metaphorical level The context was the ideological battle between East and West, the cold war being slogged out in the arena of sexuality, with orgasmic potential replacing nuclear capacity.
The tabloid press enjoyed a circulation-boosting "brief obsession with GDR sexuality". And a grand yet debilitating obsession it was: "GDR women were represented as products for the fantasies of Western men, while the East German men were dismissed as both socially and sexually inadequate. Sharp recounts a West German man's televised claim that "GDR women are not really uglier than West German women, and they dress as well. But the real advantage is that they are more [modest, undemanding, easily satisfied]".
On the other side of the former fence, a GDR sexologist named Dr Kurt Starke "linked findings about women's greater sexual enjoyment to the social policies of the GDR". The orgasm professor is talking rubbish" above a story in which an East German nurse named Adelheid said: "We really don't have more orgasms in the GDR. Not me, anyway, because I have to work up to 12 hours a day and that doesn't leave much time for love.
For the most part, Sharp tells of two Germanies united first by hype about sex, and then by disappointment as most people's sex lives, no matter where they lived, remained humdrum. The report ends with a deflating comment from journalist Regine Sylvester, who tried to sum up both her own experience and that of the entire nation. The supposed "sex boom" that happened right after unification, Sylvester opined, "did not turn the Federal Republic into a noisily copulating society, nor did the official taboos turn the old GDR into an ascetic one.