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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News: Latitude Festival Gets Sexy and Scientific

At Cliterati, we’ve long thought that science is sexy – and that sex can be enhanced with some scientific understanding so this year’s Latitude Festival theme has got us rather excited. Their theme for this year isn’t the standard festival fare, say, fairgrounds or mythical creatures but instead, the rather more intellectually challenging ‘Neuroscience vs.

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Sex Science: Why the Movie Hysteria Gets Its Vibrator History Wrong

Given my profession as a dildographer, I should be elated that Hysteria,  a movie about the history of the vibrator, is premiering in the U.S. in two weeks. Although I’m thrilled that a legitimate studio produced a movie on the subject, I’m also frustrated that an inaccurate and unfortunate myth about the vibrator is being perpetuated. The movie details the invention

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Sex Science: Is Marriage Over? by Brooke Magnanti

When I got married almost three years ago, it was amidst a perfect storm of circumstances: living with someone I loved and facing down the prospect of having big changes in our lives at the same time. Like many women of my generation, I was not swept off my feet by a dark and handsome

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Events: 6th Annual BSSN Conference – Global Crisis: Local Identities and Sexuality

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual BSSN Conference – Global Crisis: Local Identities and Sexuality. Taking place on Thursday 13th September at the University of Sussex, this is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at activists, academics, scholars, member of the LGBT community and community groups, students, documentary and film-makers, writers and artists. The conference

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Call for Submissions: Fat Sex

Essays are sought for an edited collection on the topic of sex and the fat body. The editors are looking for proposals which approach this theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and which take an original, critical, and body-positive approach to questions of fat and sexuality. Dr Samantha Murray will be contributing the Foreword

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News: Inside the Cliterati launches

At Cliterati, we’re huge fans of Twitter and spend our days tweeting about sex news,  sex science, erotica, and style with the occasional mermaid thrown in for good measure. However, we know not everyone is as much of a twit as us, so we’ve created a daily Cliterati newspaper allowing anyone to follow all the latest

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Sex Science: The Making of a Disease by Brooke Magnanti (part two)

In the last column  I discussed the growing attention the pharmaceutical industry is giving to the newly-defined “disorder” of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD), and the criticisms of it. While the industry quotes impressive numbers about the percentage of women afflicted with FSD, it’s worth asking how they define their terms. It’s also worth asking whether

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Features: Ms Carr Gets A Lapdance (part three)

By Allison J Carr I found myself sitting alone at a table for a moment.  A young looking dancer, around 20 I guess, came and sat with me and we chatted.  I talked about my research.  She pressed me for a private dance with her.  I look in my purse, two ten-pound notes were left,

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Features: Ms Carr Gets A Lapdance (part two)

By Allison J Carr A woman sat down next to us on the adjacent table shifting up near to us to accommodate the large group of male friends she was with.  We chatted with her throughout the evening.  She had been a stripper briefly: the proverbial college-student stripper.  She was at ease with the set

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Features: Ms Carr Gets A Lapdance (part one)

By Alison J Carr Let me start with a defence of my research.  I do not remember when or where I was, or whom I was speaking with, but shortly after Lana Del Rey released her single ‘Born to Die’, a female friend told me about the video.  She was saying I had to watch

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Sex Science: The Making of a Disease by Brooke Magnanti

An interesting bookend to the revelations about women and erotica is the parallel discussion about women’s sex lives as they go through the menopause. While we now have evidence that demonstrates women are interested in sex for their own pleasure, a lot of it gets ignored because the stereotypes are just too widespread and too

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Sex Science: Women Like Porn Too (Part Three)

If you believe what you read in mainstream media, you’d think E.L. James invented one-handed paperback reading, that women never heard of porn before last year, and that thanks to the internet we’re all on a handcart to sexy, sexy hell. Obviously that’s nonsense. But it does touch on an interesting question which is this:

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News: Study Seeks Participants for Research Project into Enduring Love

The Open University is looking for adult individuals in long-term relationships to answer a short online survey about what relationships mean today. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to answer and is completely confidential. The results will help us understand what helps people sustain relationships even when that’s challenging. Take the survey here. The

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Sexual Pioneers: Dr Beverly Whipple by Robert Page

Dr Beverly Whipple is best known as the inventor of the G Spot – so much so, she tells me with a twinkle in her eye, that a colleague initially suggested it be called “Whipple’s Tickle”.  She ultimately went for the name the G Spot in recognition of the work of the eminent German obstetrician,

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Sex Science: Women Like Porn Too (Part 2)

Even if watching porn is as much an attention-getter for women as it is for men, do we watch it in the same way? After all, if genital response patterns vary between the sexes perhaps attention patterns vary too. As it turns out, that’s exactly the case – with data showing women don’t just physically

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Sex Science: Pubic Shaving Dangerous? Where’s the Proof?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that in these self-obsessed times, there is no story so persistent as the one which confirms that our personal grooming preferences are not only right, they’re also healthy. Take for instance this story (and this story) quoting a physician in America who thinks shaving, waxing, or otherwise denuding the

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Sex Science: Women Like Porn Too

Here’s a game: watch any sitcom, panel show, or stand-up act. When the topic turns to sex, see how long it is before a woman is painted as a gold-digger, a prude, or someone whose sole interest in sex is as a tool to get things from other people. Then turn the telly off. There

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Sexually Cliterate: Can You Find Your Own Clitoris?

For years, jokes have been cracked about men’s ineptitude when it comes to finding the clitoris. However, you may be surprised to discover the clit is so much more than the little nub most people associate it with.