Erotic Education

Sexual pleasure can be one of life’s greatest joys: fun, free and available to all who want it. However, it doesn’t always come easily. Poor reporting of sex science, lack of quality sex education and a glut of misinformation from biased sources all serve to leave us with a bundle of contradictions. Cliterati aims to provide genuinely useful evidence-based, scientifically valid sex education from some of the world’s top sex educators, psychologists, dildographers, physicians, fetishists, academics and beyond.


Sometimes, sex, love, relationships or all three can be hard. We’ve got a team of experts who can help you deal with life’s trickier times – or simply give you great tips on keeping things alive or trying something new in the bedroom.

Susan Quilliam is a psychologist and internationally published author with books including The Joy of Sex (co-authored with Alex Comfort) to her name and over 30 years experience as a relationship coach.

Dr Malcolm VandenBurg is a Consultant Physician, trained in sexual diseases and health, who helped treat one of the UK’s first patients with AIDS has been involved in the development of many medicines for erectile dysfunction including Viagra. He has given (non-judgemental) opinions on and treated patients who have indulged in almost all activities practiced by humans. He currently is asked by English courts to give Expert Opinion on many serious sexual issues such as the effects of medication and illegal drugs on sexual thought, desire and performance, and has also given expert advice on autoerotocism, BDSM activity and consequent injuries, urophilias and erotic asphyxiation, and many other sexual practices.

Emily Dubberley studied psychology specialising in sexuality, and has 25 sex manuals to her name ranging from Friendly Fetish to The Field Guide to F*cking. She also helped write the last five Lovers’ Guide scripts.

We also have a range of experts from academics to fetishists who can answer more specialist questions.


Sex isn’t one-dimensional. It’s affected by life pressures and media representations. It comes in a multitude of varieties and everyone has their own idea about what makes it great. This is where you can find tips on everything from choosing your first toy to fisting,  blow jobs to BDSM.

As with the rest of the site, feel free to submit your own pieces. The more diverse a range of voices we can represent, the better we can all understand each other. Whether you’re into polyamory, abstinence, vanilla, kink or something else entirely, your ideas are welcome to be shared here.


You can’t have sex without science. From chemistry to biology, psychology to linguistics and beyond, science helps us understand sex better in myriad ways. We highlight the best new research, challenge established sex myths and provide a counter to the PR-led ‘facts’ that are reported about sex all too often (a toothpaste manufacturer finds a good smile is the most important thing in attracting a mate? Well there’s a surprise…) gathering together top sex academics under the editorship of Brooke Magnanti.

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  • R Kerr commented on October 7, 2012 at 21:29

    My mother helped in my sex education by showing me a little red booklet and I am certain it was called “The joy of sex”.
    I have since been unable to find any trace of it, but this event preceded publication of the larger book co-written by Susan Quilliam by about 10 years. Does she or anyone else at Cliterati remember it?
    Description: published by Family Planning, no pictures, red covers, about 2” by 2.5” and included a chapter, “A fire in the bedroom”.

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