Thursday, February 11, 2010

Looking for love, not finding any places

This Sunday is Valentine's Day - Día de los Enamorados. And Cubans celebrate Lovers' Day with passion.
But the country's housing crunch sometimes makes it tough for lovers to get a little privacy, this TV report says.
Some people resort to having sex in stairwells and other public places, the report says.


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Ivan Garcia, an independent journalist in Havana, wrote about the subject earlier this month. His story appeared in El Mundo. An excerpt is below:
...making loving in decent conditions in 21st-century Havana is a luxury. Before 1989, there was an extensive network of motels, known in Cuba as posadas. They were unobtrusive, inexpensive and air conditioned. They sold sandwiches and drinks. They were open 24 hours. And for young couples, married couples or unfaithful partners who live in overcrowded conditions and have no privacy, the only option was to go to these motels to have sex.

But in 1990, with the arrival of the Special Period, a crisis that has lasted 21 years, the posadas, among other things, have quietly disappeared. The most common on the island is for four different generations to live together under one roof. Having a single room is a convenience that few enjoy. Even young couples, when they have children, tend to sleep with them in the same room.
BBC story on disappearance of posadas, or inns.

1 comment:

Antonio said...

I am well aware that Cuba has had the lowest rate of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Caribbean for a long time, and probably still does.

However, this article reminds me of something I once read. Someone pointed out that this disappearance of places where individuals could have sex is a factor in the pregnancy rate and/ or transmission of STDs in Cuba.

Basically, the argument stated that people were less likely to use protection when they are reduced to searching for a dark alley or an abandoned building and have very little time to consummate the act. Women probably end up having fewer orgasms too, though that was not the main thrust of the article:)