Porno Zambesc – The World of Porn in Communist Romania

Porno Zambesc - The World of Porn in Communist Romania
Porno Zambesc - The World of Porn in Communist Romania

Porno Zambesc: On a small handful of occasions, my work has brought me to the Balkan country of Romania. It’s a country of beautiful landscapes, great food, and a lot of dark history. As a lover of all three, especially the latter, I grew to like Romania on my few trips there.

Years ago, when I first began to indulge in the wonderful world of internet porn, one of y favourite stars was a certain Sandra Romain. If you haven’t already guessed from her porn name, Sandra is an iconic Romanian porn star. A true gangbang queen and nymphomaniac with natural beauty, she already triggered my interest in Romania years before I visited.

Sandra Romain dominatrix
Sandra Romain (Right) one of the most iconic Romanian porn stars. Credit: meninpain.com

Recently, I began to delve into the history of the Communist era in Romania. Naturally, I also looked into the sex and porn scenes in the country at the time. What I discovered was a fascinating story of porn smuggling, innovation, and sexual shame in what was one of the most tightly controlled countries in the Eastern Bloc with North Korean vibes.

In this article, I’m going to break down the story of porn in Communist Romania. From the overall attitude to sex, what porn was available and how Romanians obtained it, and what the situation is with porn in modern Romania. So get comfortable and prepare to read the fascinating story of Porno Zambesc.

Communist Romania

Porno Zambesc wouldn’t be complete with a brief history lesson on Communist Romania in order to understand the world of porno in Romania. The story begins shortly after WW2 when Romania became a Communist dictatorship known as The Socialist Republic of Romania. In 1965, the most infamous leader of the country came to power: Nicolae Ceausescu.

After challenging the USSR and having his own independent foreign policy that aimed to make Romania one of the great world powers, Ceacescu initially held a popular status amongst many Romanians and the West. But that was soon to change after Ceacescu’s 1971 visit to China and North Korea.

Porno Zambesc - The World of Porn in Communist Romania
Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu.

On his visits abroad, Ceausescu was inspired by the personality cult leadership in China and the DPRK. Romania soon turned into a totalitarian dictatorship that saw widespread paranoia and oppression carried out by the Romanian secret police known as ”The Securitate”. Foreign debts and a series of economic disasters plunged the country into misery and poverty.

By 1989, Romania exploded in a revolution. Ceausescu was overthrown and executed alongside his wife Elena. Communism was over and large swathes of repression, although not all aspects, went with it. The act of discarding one of the most significant repressive aspects of the regime, the one placed upon sex, was a welcome one.

Sex in Romania During Communism

Even before Ceacescu went full dictator after his visit to Asia in 1971, he had already begun intruding in the sex lives of ordinary Romanians. The first was a year after coming to power in 1966 when he implemented a series of repressive birth control laws in order to recover the population that had been decimated in both WW1 and WW2.

These laws, known as Decree 770, made abortions illegal and heavily encouraged women to have as many children as possible with financial rewards as an incentive. The reason for this was too create a young workforce that would fuel the industrialization of Romania to make the country one of the world’s great powers.

Communist propaganda played a huge role in enforcing the decree. Young women were told that giving birth was their duty as a Patriotic Romania. As well as financial rewards, women who had over four kids were issued medals and titles such as ”Heroine”. As an extra push, single adults were hit with a so-called ”singles tax” which was essentially a fine for people who weren’t getting busy and making babies.

Unless the life of the mother was at risk during birth, any attempts made by women or doctors at carrying out abortion were heavily punished by the communist regime. Contraception was also non-existent outside of the black market. As a result, Romania experienced a skyrocketing birth rate in the 1970s which led to severe consequences for ordinary Romanians.

Despite the various methods of enforcing Decree 770, illegal abortions were common amongst Romanian citizens. Whilst some were carried out secretly by bribed doctors, others were carried out at home or by inexperienced friends. Of course, the latter often resulted in severe complications or death. This was dramatized in the incredible movie ”4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days”.

Eventually, the decree backfired on the regime. Already struggling to pay off foreign debts, the population boom added intense pressure to the Romanian economy who failed to provide basic housing, food, and amenities. As a result, many children ended up in orphanages or discarded on the streets. When the regime fell in 1989, the resultant poverty only added to this harrowing issue.

Ironically, it was revealed in the post-Communist era that the dictator’s wife Elena Ceausescu was an avid voyeur. Elena was said to have had the rooms of fellow communist party couples bugged by the security services. She is said to have spent hours listening to the tapes, in particular the people she didn’t like within the party such as Violeta Andrei in order to listen to them having sex.

Romanian Porn During Communism

So, casual sex under communism was frowned upon. But what about indulging in porn? It will likely come as no surprise that the Communist Romanian regime frowned heavily upon Romanian porn too. You see, making babies was encouraged, but sex was seen as a taboo subject.

But just like the laws against abortions, Romanians came up with various methods to circumvent the anti-porn laws. As one of the main transport routes between Turkey and Europe, both by road and the Black Sea, Romania was a prime place for various types of porn to be smuggled in.

“I once found a Romanian erotic novel from the 1970s in my family’s library in which a militia officer falls in love with a comrade, It featured rubs and kisses for about a hundred pages, then he pours it into the Securitate and remains undamaged. this was the level of pornography.”

Mihai Popescu

Porn magazines were the most common form of smut smuggled in. But for the Romanian families lucky enough to own a VHS, porn tapes were also a popular favourite. According to Good Living Bucharest, families with a VHS would often have a private movie night. These familes would sometimes charge a small entrance fee to watch a smuggled Western action movie followed by a porno zambesc. If caught by the secret police, the consequences would be severe.

Romania’s Black Sea Port of Constanta was a hub of smuggled porn. This was brought in by domestic or foreign sailors bringing it in from Western countries where hardcore porn was largely unrestricted. Additionally, truckers from Turkey, Poland, and Hungary would be prime dealers of porn to the Romanian population.

The Black Sea Port of Constanta.

Being not too far from Turkey, Romanians living in Constanta could sometimes catch Turkish TV signals and enjoy some vaguely erotic belly dancing as basic masturbation material. Their pirate TV station access was nothing compared to those living in Western Romania, however.

Romanians living in the Western regions of the country such as Timișoara bordering the more sexually opened minded Yugoslavia and Hungary had more options of acquiring porn. Although not as wild as the West, Yugoslavia had a solid porn industry. Hungary sold Playboy magazine. Making both of these countries a major source for porn smuggling into Romania at the time.

Two examples of the album covers from Bijelo Dugme.

This porn varied massively. It could be anything from VHS and nude posters to erotic playing cards and magazines bought at flea towns at the border and smuggled in. It also consisted of trying to capture Yugoslav TV signals and tap into the porn being enjoyed over the border.

The Yugoslav rock band Bijelo Dugme is considered to one of the most popular bands to exist in the former Yugoslavia. Aside from making some great tunes, they also produced some rather racy album covers. Many of which were smuggled into Romania and used as masturbation material. No such thing as bad publicity, as they say!

Romanian Amateur Porn

During one of my trips to modern Romania, I browsed a cracking little flea market in Bucharest. As well as picking up an old Communist Romanian passport, I discovered a box of erotic photos consisting of Romanian amateur porn from back in the day. I promptly bought them all for my vintage erotica collection and it opened up another avenue of research into porn in Communist Romania.

An example of amateur porn created during the communist-era in Romania. Credit: Mihai Popescu.

Despite the common avenues of acquiring porn during the era, Romanians also went down a far more traditional route of making their own Romanian amateur porn to distribute. A great look at the homemade porno zambesc can be found through the piece Mihai Popescu wrote for Vice News covering some of the Romanian erotica he found at a flea market.

Interestingly, the Romanian penchant for amateur porn went beyond the communist era and found a significant home in the capitalist Romanian sphere. Romanian amateur porn would soon be enjoyed by people around the world.

Romanian Pussy is as Popular as Ever

Communism collapsed in Romania in 1989, so you’re probably wondering what the porn scene has become in the thirty-plus years since. Well, you’ll be happy to know that the Romanian porn industry is in fact booming. Rather than smuggling in VHS tapes, you can admire endless porn featuring Romanian pornstars to your heart’s content.

“Romania’s dominance in the sexcam industry is down to three key factors: poverty, an abundance of underemployed beautiful women who speak English, and exceptionally high-speed internet.”

Ștefania Matache

Pornography was made legal in the years following communism. Since then, not only has Romania produced some absolutely iconic pornstars who have been featured in the international porn scene, but they’ve also created a domestic porn scene that has grown into Europe’s biggest sex cam industry that makes over $370 million in profit annually.

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Romania has indeed come a long way through the dark days of Communism. The innovative methods of acquiring porn during that era demonstrate the innovative porn zambesc thinking of the Romanian people keen to get their hands on the smut that everyone was enjoying in the West.

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