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Is This The Year’s Worst Sex?

The winner (“winner”) of the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced! Manil Suri takes it with his novel, The City of Devi, and this description: “Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked[…]Read more

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Sex Manuals Through the Centuries

Are you looking for a little guidance when it comes to your sex life? You could try a sex ed standard like The Guide to Getting it On or something a little lighter, like the comic-style Sex is Fun. Alternatively, you could go with the 1680 advice manual The School of[…]Read more

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Top 10 Worst Sex Scenes

“Slither slither slither slither went the tongue…” We love good erotica, but we won’t deny that there’s a unique pleasure in reading really, really bad smut. If you understand the joy of wondering, “Why would he use that metaphor? Why would anyone ever use that metaphor?” then you’ll get a kick[…]Read more

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In Praise of Erotica

We love our gadgets as much as anyone, but when it comes to erotica, we’re not about to get rid of our paper books. Since the internet is an embarrassment of pornographic riches, it’s nice to be presented with a curated collection of stories by published authors, edited by professional[…]Read more

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“Fuck” Through the Decades

We’ve been checking out this collection of charts documenting the popularity of some sex terms over others, in print. We’re not surprised to see that “fuck” didn’t show up much until the 1960s, but we’re curious about the drop in its usage since its peak in 2005. If “hook up”[…]Read more

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“Fucking Trans Women” is Sex Ed, Zine Style

Today, Autostraddle features an interview with Mira Bellwether, author and illustrator of Fucking Trans Women, a zine about – you guessed it – trans women and sex. Bellwether describes Fucking Trans Women as “a how-to guide,” and it covers a wide variety of topics, from advice about approaching a partner, to diagrams of nerves[…]Read more

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Famous Folks Read Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Kate Get More: Movie Trailers, Movies Blog Fifty Shades of Charlize & Kristen Stewart Fifty Shades of Will & Zach Fifty Shades of Adam Lambert Fifty Shades of Ellen Fifty Shades of Gilbert Gottfried Fifty Shades of Takei Fifty Shades of Sedaris Did we miss anybody?

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Tristan Taormino on Feminist Porn

Last week, we highlighted Sinnamon Love’s contribution to the The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. Now there’s a great interview on Salon with the book’s editor Tristan Taormino, discussing her experiences in the porn industry and the ongoing debates within feminism about the potential for porn. It’s worth reading. Also, check out this excerpt from[…]Read more

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