From Mike Myers doing "Sprockets" on SNL to that one scene in Super Troopers , American pop culture depicts German subculture as anywhere from kinky and intense to borderline frightening. But when you move to Berlin, you hear nada about how to get around the city's underbelly of public sex, and diverse turn-ons and orientations So when I recently arrived at a German sex club in Downtown Berlin, naturally , I had to figure things out for myself. It wasn't long before I gave myself over to the laser beams, crowds of glistening strangers in leather and lace, and thumping, heavy house music.
The roles of German women have changed throughout history, as the culture and society in which they lived had undergone various transformations. Historically, as well as presently, the situation of women differed between German regions, notably during the 20th century, when there was a different political and socioeconomic organization in West Germany compared to East Germany. However, their roles changed during the 20th century. After obtaining the right to vote in , German women began to take on active roles previously performed by men.
As the Allies gained control over the Western and Eastern Fronts in and , German soldiers were not the only casualties. Recent historical research has revealed German women and girls were also targets, subjected en masse to a wide range of sexual violence allegedly committed by American , Canadian, British, French and Soviet soldiers. By the spring of , Nazi Germany was crumbling and the Soviets were racing toward Berlin. While sexual violence against German civilians was committed by all Allied powers, the Soviet rapes are considered the most prevalent and severe.