THIS IS NOT A PARODY – It’s getting more and more difficult to distinguish “The New York Times” from “The Onion” – today’s case in point, this apologia for the feminist and sexually liberated life under communism:

When Americans think of Communism in Eastern Europe, they imagine travel restrictions, bleak landscapes of gray concrete, miserable men and women languishing in long lines to shop in empty markets and security services snooping on the private lives of citizens. While much of this was true, our collective stereotype of Communist life does not tell the whole story.

Some might remember that Eastern bloc women enjoyed many rights and privileges unknown in liberal democracies at the time, including major state investments in their education and training, their full incorporation into the labor force, generous maternity leave allowances and guaranteed free child care. But there’s one advantage that has received little attention: Women under Communism enjoyed more sexual pleasure.

My recollection is that under communism everyone – women and men equally – got fucked by the government.

To paraphrase John Derbyshire, wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy generous maternity leave allowances and an occasional orgasm.