On the internet, you can find escorts (any shape or color) on Backpages, Seeking Arrangement will get you college girls, Chaturbate and webcam performers do anything for the right donation, Tumblr is full of naked amateur selfies, and pornography (filmed whores) takes up one third of internet traffic. Rule 34 = if you can think there is porn made of it. An S&M book is a wildly successful best seller. Gay bars pop up even in smaller US towns. What a free wheeling time! Not quite. The Germans of the Weimar Republic did this all with cruder technology. Gay and lesbian bars were in bigger German cities. Marlene Dietrich, bisexual movie star, stole her gender bending style from a hideously ugly lesbian radio personality. Germany was full of burlesque lounges, tawdry films, and had a spectacular variety of prostitutes available by phone and on the streets.
How wide was the selection of whores? Let's check out the seventeen categories for different prostitutes available.
1. Kontroll Girls - legal whores regularly checked for VD.
2. Half-Silks - part timers who worked day jobs.
3. Grasshoppers - street walkers that worked the back alleys.
4. Nuttes - boyish schoolgirls who worked for pocket money after school (Hey, Seeking Arrangement?).
5. Boot-girls - Dominatrix types that stomped on men.
6. Tauentzien Girls - Mother-daughter teams that specialized in threesomes. Daughter ages did go low.
7. Munzis - Pregnant women. They demanded good money as it was a weird kink.
8. Gravelstones - Deformed women who worked for little money and often had missing limbs.
9. Chontes - Cheap hookers from Poland who picked up clients at train stations.
10. Fohses - High end women who advertised in papers as masseuses (hi, alternative weekly girls).
11. Demi-castors - Girls from respectable families that worked in brothels part time.
12. Table-ladies - High end hookers who worked tables at night clubs (bottle service anyone?).
13. Dominas - They were the domes in S&M fantasy acts.
14. Minettes - These girls specialized in odd fetish play.
15. Race-horses - Women who were the subs in S&M acts.
16. Medicine - Child prostitutes. Yes, Weimar reached that low.
17. Telephone-girls - Child prostitutes. So low they had two types of child hookers.
There is something for everyone. I may be infering too much, but using young Russian expatriates for whores and poor Polish girls sounds a lot like our modern human trafficking for sex slavery concerns. The BDSM crowd had representation in Weimar, too. Same sickness. They were only limited by the telephone.
How did we get here? How did Weimar get there? The Weimar period saw a surplus of women by the millions and hyperinflation combined with mass unemployment. The economic problems were not permanent but a lingering concern. Sell yourself to eat right? The gender imbalance was caused by millions of dead and maimed men from the Great War. A surplus of women will lower their price. It might be a reach, but consider the mass media conditioning in modern America. Dalrock and Heartiste focus on the media's lies and divorce fantasy for a reason. When the media deems large swaths of men uncool or unworthy, they are effectively removing them from the dating pool. A gender imbalance ensues, creating a need for women to one up in degeneracy to keep a man. Combine this with toxic "you go girl" sex positivism, and we have the sexual olympics of the modern college and night club scene. Weimar Germany had hocus pocus sexologists pushing for transgender rights nearly a century before America had hocus pocus fake degreed sexologists going to US campuses saying the same thing.
Women are incredibly important outside the sexual realm, and the US and Weimar media both were aware. Females were new voters in Weimar Germany, and due to outnumbering male voters by one million, swung elections even with their pell mell small party parliamentary system. Since 1980, women have been a bigger voting bloc than men in America. Our media pushes birth control, gay rights and abortion on demand as the most important issues for female voters (#waronwomen). Hollywood productions continuously bring up ludicrous white women health situations and perfect gay male characters to nudge voting in the right direction. The media elite in Weimar Germany did the same. The film Sundige Mütter portrayed the old order's abortion and illegitimate child policies in a negative light in the fall of 1918. This is akin to every Hollywood movie portraying the 1950s as a stifling US Nazi patriarchy. The 1926 film Women's Crusade cast a heart throb as an abortion doctor and stressed the need for abortion reform (pretty prosecutor's fiancée is raped, creating need for abortion). That film was heavy handed with every example of a snowflake abortion seeker, similar to every gay man in a Hollywood production just wanting to get married and adopt an Asian baby.
This molding did have an effect on Weimar Germany as it does on American citizens. Surprise surprise, abortion reform followed thereafter. The decriminalization of prostitution followed as well in 1927, with the break up of state brothels and anything goes hit hyperspeed. Exactly who gets busted for prostitution today? It is de facto decriminalized. Earlier, in 1922, Germany's Youth Welfare Law expanded social safety net programs for illegitimate children. Socialize the costs while providing income to the offender. That link also points to a problem the welfare programs created: massive class conflict where the upper end and lower end were helped to the detriment to the middle. Now I know you have heard that in modern American. It is better now to have the child out of wedlock to collect all the benefits rather than do the right, traditional thing and have the child within a marriage. Financial incentives matter, and financial rewards will anger the group that feels they are doing the right thing but the wrong thing is rewarded.
The Weimar hyperinflation was early in the republic's days and solved by the end of 1923. This took the international community restructuring loans and admitting the Germans back into international normal standing status (multiple Peace Prize winners from this process). The hyperinflation was a boon to debtors as all debts were basically torn up. The large corporations that earned foreign currency fared far better than smaller producers (similar to post-2000 foreign earnings for US based multinationals today). Blue collar and lower wage earners saw increases through negotiating power versus salaried employees. Salaried employees also could not qualify for the new social welfare programs (sounds eerily familiar now). The middle class also saw their savings wiped away through the inflation while lower class Germans had no savings to lose. It was a middle class squeeze that when the recovery came, saw the middle class sink closer to the level of the lower class. All the US needs to complete this cycle is a good hyperinflation or with our debt loads, multiple years of 15-20% inflation. It would not be hard to recreate today. Even in the golder Weimar years, things were so unstable that The New York Times in October of 1926 was noting the push for a restoration of the monarchy in Germany. The major German newspapers looked at that a bit different.
The media itself was far to the left of Weimar Germany just like America today. The publishing house of Mosse and Ullstein sold 50% of all papers, and the Jewish publishing house proudly supported liberal policies even as the German people rejected them. Right up to Hitler's electoral victories, the Berlin papers were shouting the same progressive line. Karl Kraus, Edward Bernays and Wyndham Lewis all knew that the media held the invisible power then as it does now, except they openly discussed it and found publishers willing to provide an outlet. The entire intellectual elite of Weimar Germany was said to live in a bubble, separated from the common man. Funny how the period was not appreciated until decades had passed and the American '60s happened and another similarly Jewish elite rose. One wonders how many post-68 taste makers were cousins of the Weimar degenerates. This bubble was not a major problem until the late '20s crash and political fragmentation posed problems beyond their capabilities. Sounds too familiar and depressing as a modern American.
There is a major difference between Weimar Germany and modern America that can give the disconnected elite hope. Weimar Germany was overwhelmingly German. Weimerica is 65% native stock. The remaining 35% have been bought with economic transfers and class protection that will secure their allegiance to the left no matter how degenerate or nonsensical the policy is that pours from the pages of the New York Times. That divergence is important because it guarantees that there will be no Cornbread Hitler or strong man to clean up the Weimerican elite's mess. There is another historical entity from the early 20th century that lines up much better. Mixed ethnicities, multiple languages, sluggish economic growth, stagnation, lost pride, an empire, dysfunctional government, secession movements (real and fake), corruption and on far too big of a scale than could ever be efficient... and that entity once looked to yhe American model of federalism as a possible savior. It did not work, and the United States of Austria-Hungary never was born because the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved from too many centrifugal forces. For now, we can delight in the hedonism and sink in the despair that is Weimerica.
Despair is real. The tone is between the lines of even those who gleefully enjoy the hedonism offered by Weimerica. The libertines secretly wished for order to return. The boys of Return of Kings love the cheap sex era but long for good women to wife up and fair family laws. There was the same echo in Weimer Germany. I'll let Stefan Zweig explain it eloquently in "The World of Yesterday".
Berlin was transformed into the Babylon of the world. Bars, amusement parks, honky-tonks sprang up like mushrooms. What we had seen in Austria proved to be just a mild and shy prologue to this witches' Sabbath; for the Germans introduced all their vehemence and methodical organization into the perversion. Along the entire Kurfurstendamm powdered and rouged young men sauntered and they were not all professionals; every high school boy wanted to earn some money and in the dimly lit bars one might see government officials and men of the world of finance tenderly courting drunken sailors without shame Even the Rome of Suetonius had never known such orgies as the pervert balls of Berlin, where hundreds of men costumed as women and hundreds of women as men danced under the benevolent eyes of the police. In the collapse of all values a kind of madness gained hold particularly in the bourgeois circles which until then had been unshakeable in their probity. Young girls bragged proudly of their perversion, to be sixteen and still under suspicion of virginity would have been considered a disgrace in any school of Berlin at the time, every girl wanted to tell of her adventures and the more exotic, the better.
This all feels like our modern era, and Zweig goes on to discuss the lame, hollow feeling to it all, much like our time.
But the most revolting thing about this pathetic eroticism was its spuriousness. At bottom the orgiastic period which broke out in Germany simultaneously with the inflation was nothing more than feverish imitation; one could see that these girls of the decent middle class families much rather would have worn their hair in a simple arrangement than in a sleek man's haircut, that they would much rather have eaten apple pie with whipped cream than drink strong liquor; everywhere it was unmistakable that this over-excitation was unbearable for the people, this being stretched daily on the rack of inflation and the whole nation, tired of war, actually longed for order, quiet and a little security and bourgeois life. And, secretly it hated the republic, not because it suppressed this wild freedom, but on the contrary, because it held the reins too loosely.
Weimar's decadent culture lived a short Gotterdammerung. Ours will too. Weimerica will come to an end, and when it does, someone must be there to restore order.