Why sex behind the Iron Curtain was better for women

A new book about life under communism reveals an unexpected benefit.

Kozarčanka ("Woman from Kozara"), a World War II photograph that became iconic in Socialist Yugoslavia. (Image: Public Domain /Big Think)
  • A new book by Kristen Ghodsee argues that women had much better sex in communist Eastern Europe than in the West.
  • She attributes this to steps those states took to empower women and their resulting economic independence.
  • While rebuilding the Iron Curtain isn't called for, the author suggests we can learn ways to empower women from these communist regimes.
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China's double boom: From ‘Made in China’ to ‘Sell to China'

China's export growth model hit a wall. So it reinvented itself.

  • China is no longer an impoverished manufacturer of the world's products; it is a major consumer market of 1.4 billion people.
  • When its manufacturing boom hit a wall, China changed tactics and invested heavily in consumerism at home – a second boom that will make China king.
  • Global brands are desperate for a piece of China's $5 trillion private consumer market.
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4 big trends for the sharing economy in 2019

A growing middle-class is set to drive the sharing economy in the near future.

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In 2019, it is a mind-bending exercise to reflect on the past decade of the sharing economy. A time traveller who skipped here from 2009 would note that it has fulfilled both more than, and less than, its original potential.

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What is socialism like in China?

What is socialism with Chinese characteristics, and is it just capitalism?

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  • China has undergone massive economic reforms over the last few decades while remaining officially communist.
  • The state still has tremendous power over the economy, but private enterprise and markets dominate daily life.
  • The question of if the Chinese economy is technically capitalist remains unanswered.
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Should you invest in China's stock market? Know this one thing first.

Despite incredible economic growth, it is not necessarily an investor's paradise.

  • China's stock market is just 27 years old. It's economy has grown 30x over that time.
  • Imagine if you had invested early and gotten in on the ground floor.
  • Actually, you would have lost money. Here's how that's possible.