News: UK Performers Put Arses on the Line to Fight New Porn Regs

First it was face­sitting… now UK performers are literally putting their arses on the line to fight the UK porn laws. “For every £10 raised, we will take one HARD cane stroke.” ­ that’s the promise made by Pandora Blake and Nimue Allen on their uniquely kinky indiegogo campaign. Pandora and Nimue are porn producers

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News: Still Time to get Half Price Smut Luton Tickets

  Pick up a ticket for Smut Luton for just £5. Offer ends on the 30th January so don’t hang about.  The Hat factory, Luton will host the first smut event of 2015 sponsored by House of Erotica. Smut Events are fun, safe, inclusive days out when erotica & erotic romance readers and writers get together

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News: Sh! Announces New Event for Survivors of Assault

Sh!, London’s pioneering sex shop announces, in partnership with My Body Back Project, a new monthly support group for female survivors of rape and sexual assault. “We Won’t Be Shushed!” aims to help women reclaim their pleasurable sexuality. The group, led by the attendees themselves, will discuss issues such as flashbacks or triggers during sex,

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Moving Pictures

One would think that after a century of the motion picture as an art form, people would grasp that just because something appears on film does not make it real.  Despite its name, even cinéma vérité is less than truthful; as in subatomic physics, even the mere presence of an observer changes the observational subject.  And

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Competition: Win £1,000 in Ann Summers Erotic Writing Competition

Fancy yourself as the next erotic writing superstar? Put yourself on the map with Ann Summers first ever Erotic Fiction Writing Competition and you could win £1,000 cash and toys. Find out how your turn-ons could turn into a cash prize and inspire millions of Ann Summers fans. THE PRIZES There’s a £1,000 cash prize

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Call for Papers: Postgrad and Early Academic Network CFP

PECANS (Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars) is a network of research students and early career academics working in the fields of Law, Gender and Sexuality, broadly conceived. It has, in recent years, hosted a number of reading groups and a yearly workshop aimed at broadening participation, strengthening research networks, and nurturing interdisciplinarity

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Column: Rotting Fruit

After a moral panic ripens into its fullest development, it quickly begins to rot and ferment, producing noxious spirits which seep into the body politic and cause all manner of aberrations for years; sometimes the aftereffects can last for decades.  The odious fruit of “sex trafficking” hysteria is no exception; it reached its peak last

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News: Autoblow BJ Machine Launches Worldwide

After a record-breaking round of crowdfunding on Indiegogo in the summer of 2014, the Autoblow 2 oral sex robot for men has launched websites across Europe in 9 languages.  Since the Autoblow 2’s launch, thousands of European men have paid for expensive overseas shipping, so the expansion to Europe was a logical one. “Now that

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Column: Mandy Rice-Davies

Well he would, wouldn’t he?  –  response when told Lord Astor had denied having her As I’ve written many times, the maintenance of the Madonna/whore dichotomy demands the erasure of all ambiguity; women must solidly be classified as one or the other, “good” women or “bad”, “empowered” women or “fallen” ones, without a hint that

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Column: Year’s End 2014

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. – Edward Powell As has been my custom for five years, New Year’s Eve is the occasion for a retrospective of the year’s news. But while in previous years I mostly reported on the things other people did, the biggest story this

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Yule 2014

Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun And I say it’s all right.  –  George Harrison Some people wonder why I, a pagan, celebrate Christmas.  Certainly many pagans don’t, and the same could be said of many atheists and many others of non-Christian faiths.  At the same time, many other non-Christians do indeed celebrate

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Column: A Year Later

Almost a year ago (December 20th, 2013), the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized prostitution in every part of the country with its ruling in Bedford vs. Canada, which struck down the criminal laws (very similar to those in the UK) which attempted to “control” and “discourage” the sale of sex by making it more difficult

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Column: Sexcrime

Enjoy this website while you can. In the year 2014, less than half a human generation past the end of a century which saw advances in sexual freedom (both practical and legal) unprecedented in human history, we are now well into an attempt by the powerful to roll it all back to the Victorian Era. 

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Comment: Ten Reasons Why the New Porn Regulations Must Go

They discriminate against queer, kinky and feminist porn producers. “The restriction against fisting – an important part of authentic queer sexuality – will disproportionately affect producers of queer, lesbian and gay porn. This is undeniably a blow against women and queers, with a transparently sexist emphasis on restricting acts of female sexual power.” They are

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Review: The Institute of Sexology Exhibition, Wellcome Collection, by Paul Burns

London, November 2014 to September 2015 Large doses of quackery, moral humbug and pseudo-science slowly yielding to reason sums up the history of the study of sexuality, the topic that The Institute of Sexology Exhibition is concerned with. The items displayed span the last century and a half of the discipline, an era divided by

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All Wet

Ignorance and misinformation are the norms in mainstream articles about sex work, especially when the author and/or sources have prohibitionist inclinations. But since misinformation constantly rains down like a tropical monsoon from the vast cloud of obfuscation (formed from equal parts of prohibition, secrecy and stigma) which perpetually hangs over the demimonde, even sex workers

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Column: Conflation Creates Criminality

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.  –  Karl Kraus Criticism is distinguished from insult by its intent; the former is an analysis and can even be constructive, while the latter is simply an attack.  So while the two may be indistinguishable to the irrational person (who nowadays is

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Feminists and Other Puritans

Every time one reads an article that doesn’t mindlessly parrot “sex trafficking” hysteria or some other aspect of the anti-sex movement, yet isn’t written by a sex worker or ally, one can be sure there will be an obligatory sentence about how it’s “surprising” or “paradoxical” or whatever that anti-sex carceral feminists (to use my

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Traffic in Nonsense

I’ve previously predicted that the “sex trafficking” moral panic will start to fall apart in about three more years: …skepticism about “trafficking” (especially in regard to its conflation with sex work) will slowly increase, and by about 2015 it will be possible for a major media outlet to publish articles critical of both the statistics

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Even This Shall Pass Away

Lady fairest ever seen Was the bride he crowned his queen. Pillowed on the marriage-bed, Whispering to his soul, he said, “Though a bridegroom never pressed Dearer bosom to his breast, Mortal flesh must come to clay: Even this shall pass away.”  –  Theodore Tilton, “The King’s Ring” Every year on the Day of the

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Welcome to the Future

As long-time readers know, I’m very fond of science fiction and fantasy; the difference between the two is that the latter describes a world which (by our understanding of the laws of the universe) could not actually exist, while the former describes a world which could but does not (at least yet).  As some have

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News: Susan Quilliam Announces New Relationship Courses

Cliterati favourite, Susan Quilliam has announced a series of sessions she’s running this autumn to help find, enhance and get over relationships. Getting Better at Online Dating covers the background to online dating and explain why the fact that it’s so new means it can be so challenging… after which she looks at how to

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News: Sh! Announces November Events

Sh!, London’s iconic destination erotic emporium has announced an exciting schedule of in-store events for November 2014,l taking place at the store’s London location at 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB. For the month of November, Team Sh! will be inviting visitors to take photographs of themselves showing off their fake or real moustaches in

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News: Cliterati Founder Releases New Erotic Novel

  This week sees the launch of Blue Mondays, released on 23rd October. Blue Mondays tells the story of Lucy and Ben, and what happens after they meet in a London Tube carriage. It’s a stylish story of love and romance that readers can relate to, set in the UK, and packed with red-hot sex

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