The town of Chomutov, Czech Republic has had huge problems with street prostitution since the 1990’s. As of the first day of this year it has had a municipal ordinance in force, pursuant to which anyone caught soliciting a prostitute will pay a fine. Before the ordinance was adopted, only the street prostitutes could face fines if caught. Deputy Mayor of the city told a local daily newspaper that the city administration hopes the ordinance will discourage most potential clients and the women will disappear from the public streets and places. According to the ordinance, the soliciting of a prostitute is a misdemeanor “of a very sensitive nature” which is “investigated” by the municipal authority, i.e. something most men would prefer to avoid.
In addition, Chomutov Municipal Police decided in 2008 to publish photos of drivers soliciting roadside prostitutes near main roads, where doing so resulted in road rule violations and related problems. However, since the applicable law did not allow the immediate identification of the drivers (clients), this measure proved ineffective.
Most women in the Czech Republic who offer sex for money have their own tiny apartments (sometimes shared by more girls/women). Naturally, they pay no income taxes because there is no way of proving that their encounters with men actually constitute prostitution. Chomutov is near the Czech-German border where foreign truckers and German citizens were the most common clients of the local prostitutes. In the recent years, however, the demand for these services has decreased rapidly.
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Way too many Czech schools hire or appoint religious societies and NGO’s to teach sex ed. It is dangerous because they teach “abstinence only”, the teacher is not present during the lectures and they lie to children, for example by saying that condoms do not protect against HIV, the Lidove noviny daily wrote today, citing an extensive research the paper has recently conducted.
According to experts quoted by the daily this form of sex education can influence only children who are raised in a similar way by their own parents (i.e. Roman Catholics, etc.).
Most schools appoint religious societies because they are cheap, or their services are even free of charge. No surprise, because their fee or reward is the possibility to be able to teach what they believe in. However, there is a strict separation of church and state in Czech public schools and certain restrictions apply in terms of religious societies being given space for their “lectures”.
The Czech UIV Institute conducted a “flash research”, with the following results (selection):
- only 4 percent of schools arrange special/separate sex ed lectures for boys and girls
- 90 percent of sex ed teachers are women
- 60 percent of sex ed teachers are biology teachers and “sex ed” is a part of biology classes curriculum
- 25 percent of schools have an educator who teaches “Family Education”, making sex ed a part of this course
- most schools have their own teachers-employees talk with children, while inviting a real expert for “open discussions” (i.e. “what do you want to know” QaA) is the second most frequent method
- demonstrations and “tools” (“condom on a banana”) are used almost exclusively at large schools in bigger cities
Wanted: a skilled and experienced female clerk (shop assistant). That’s what this ad says. Found it today in the very heart of Brno:
(c) Petr Bokuvka
The store discriminates against male applicants. Publishing ads that discriminate due to age, sex or marital status, to name a few issues, is very frequent in this country.
The gender issue is usually based on the “language problems” and stereotypes, i.e. how we associate certain professions either with men or women. And the problem is that most Czech nouns carry information on the gender of the person referred to. For example:
prodavac = male shop assistant
prodavacka = female shop assistant
ucitel = male teacher
ucitelka = female teacher
In other words, most of these ads are published or printed and hanged out by people who live in stereotypes. A guy would not want to work in a store that sells clothes, they might think.
Another two most frequent forms of discrimination in “wanted” ads are: We offer work in a young team – which translates as “if you are over 35, do not bother applying”, or We request flexibility beyond usual working hours – which translates as “women with children should not attempt to reply”.
I understand discrimination is a bad thing, but on the other hand “it is my company so I can hire whoever I want” is an element of democracy and free market economy that should not be forgotten either. Firms that seek new employees are therefore recommended to use slashes in their ads, like this: prodavac/prodavacka, i.e. in order to refer to both sexes in their ads. On the other hand, the fact that HR specialists ask undesirable questions (Do you want to have children? Are you pregnant now? Do you have grandparents to take care of your children in case you are sick?) is an altogether different thing that is hard to prove and battle with.
The English teacher from the Czech town of Znojmo who was taped having sex with a former student (18) while her current student (16) watched and commented will not go to jail, the iDNES.cz news server writes.
Miroslava Prillerova, 29, was given a “trial period” of two years by the district attorney, so the punishment is not even court-ordered (as in “suspension of sentence” pursuant to the Czech penal code).
According to the news server the woman faced imprisonment for up to two years as she was having sex in front of a minor (ironically, the age of consent is 15). The police were also investigating whether the publication of the video on the Internet was illegal and the answer is no.
Prillerova left the school on her own shortly after the scandal surfaced, while her bosses were discussing “legal ways to fire her” (even before a trial).
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The Czech high school teacher who was taped having sex with an 18 year-old young man (not a student of her school) might go to jail after all.
According to the police the footage was indeed made by a sixteen year-old student who IS in the woman’s English class. Or was, because the woman quit on her own before her principal could find a legal way to fire her.
The woman will probably be charged with what we might call (it is my translation of the particular provision of the Penal Code) “endangerment of moral development of the youth”. Apparently, it is what you commit if you have sex and let an 16 year-old watch you, even though the age of consent is fifteen.
I used to defend the woman, claiming that “teachers have sex and tape themselves doing it too, big deal”. Hmm. I stand corrected. As a teacher she was supposed to know where the legal-illegal borderline was. Intoxication is not an excuse.
A group of enthusiasts from the Czech town of Slavkov u Brna found a unique way to spend winter free time. They build penis sculptures. In other words they build a snow mock-up of something almost everybody in this country has seen or touched (at least once) in their life.
However the Municipal Police of the said town decided that the sculpture must be destroyed. The Commissioner, Pavel Ehrenberger, said to a local daily:
It was built close to a kindergarten, so it had to go…
Since this was a penis, I think it is appropriate to react: What the f*uck? It was a piece of ice, for crying out loud. It was a satirical stunt. And so what it was built close to a kindergarten? Uptight parents could have told their kids it was a mushroom, whereas normal parents could explain it according to the actual status of mental development of their child. Is the Commissioner trying to say that had this thing been built elsewhere, they would leave it alone?
Plus, I am pretty certain that kindergarten kids can’t be offended by a snow sculpture resembling an erection, if they have not seen a real one before, which corresponds to Charles Sanders Peirce’s theory of signs and semiotics. There is no connotation, there is no reference model…
This is a huge hypocrisy issue going on. Many Czechs will turn away when they see a drunk hobo – but they often get drunk at parties themselves, so the only difference is that they wake up in their own or somebody else’s bed, while the hobo wakes up on a park bench. Some people will point and faint when they see a snow (!!) sculpture of a penis but they will not report their neighbor to authorities for littering.