The Cliterati

Cliterati Founder and Editor-in-Chief: Emily Dubberley

Emily DubberleyAfter studying psychology at university, researching male vs female attitudes to pornography and whether women wanted their fantasies to come true, Emily Dubberley founded Cliterati in 2001, frustrated at the lack of adult material available online for women.

Since then, she has had 28 books internationally published. Her most recent is Blue Mondays, a serialised erotic novel available in individual ebook chapters now and paperback from October, which she describes as ‘achievable erotic inspiration’. It drew on research for her previous non-fiction book, Garden of Desires: The Evolution of Female Sexual Fantasy, which was in turn inspired by Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, is based on interviews with over 400 women and cites over 100 papers on female fantasy/sexuality.

Her other titles include Sexy Ways to Play (which comes with a set of pthalate tested kegel exercisers/love eggs)  Friendly Fetish: The Beginner’s Guide to Kink, I’d Rather be Single Than Settle: Satisfied Solitude and How to Achieve it and The Field Guide to F*cking.  To date,her books have sold over one million copies.

She created Burlesque Against Breast Cancer, and co-edited erotica anthologies Ultimate Burlesque, Ultimate Decadence, and Ultimate Pleasure with all profits going to Macmillan Cancer Support (BABC has raised £15,000 to date). She has tested around 1,000 sex toys, and written for titles including The Guardian, Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan. She is passionate about evidence-based journalism, and a keen member of Sense About Sex, helping sandbag the flood of bad sex science in media (see badsexmediabingo.com). She has spoken/lectured at universities including Warwick, Greenwich and University of London, and been cited by Oxford University Press and in numerous academic papers. She also helps curate Brighton Science Festival, which last year included a Science of Sex day.

She also runs urban gardening and crafting site groweatgift.com and is currently working on plans for a sexy food website.

Cliterati Editor: Mia More

Mia More dabbled in fiction for many years before submitting Erotica to Cliterati. Her obvious talent for a good narrative combined with creatively written and well-observed sex scenes caught the eye of editor Emily Dubberley, who soon realised that Mia’s experience in this area would be invaluable to Cliterati – ditto her enthusiasm for the subject matter!

Ably abetted by husband Roger More, Mia has reviewed adult toys for close to a decade. Specialising in the more unusual and niche products and clothing on the market, Mia admits to a considerable weakness for the fabulous and stylish side of rubber and latex wear, and tussles with a ‘whoredrobe’ fit to bursting with all of the above.

Indeed, Mia has always celebrated her sexuality – often combining it with her sense of adventure – be it through stripping solo on stage as part of a Burlesque show, or cage-dancing in nipple tassels (and not much else) in the Shangri-La field at Glastonbury every year.

Professionally, Mia worked for many years as a music journalist. During this time she co-wrote a series of superstar DJs’ weekly columns for a variety of national newspapers, presented a new music show beamed live from London’s Astoria, fronted TV programmes on the Edinburgh Festival, reviewed innumerable gigs and records, and interviewed artists as diverse as Gil Scott Heron, Laurent Garnier, GURU, Muse and Oasis. She also worked for Britain’s biggest popstar, was kidnapped by Slipknot backstage at the Reading Festival, and turned down numerous offers by various musicians to be their groupie – a response she’s since regretted after succumbing to the pressures of parenthood in the sleepy suburbzzz…

A self-confessed shoe addict with an extensive collection of limited edition sneakers and high-heels, in her spare time Mia More writes a sex and style blog exploring her love of colourful clothes and outrageous fashion, where the School-run Shoes column covering her often impractical – but always fabulous – footwear is particularly well-received.

Cliterati Creative Director: Chrissie Nicholson Wild

After finishing art school with no love or respect for, “Fine Art bullshit,”, Chrissie found her calling when she tried on her first corset. It felt good, it looked good, Chrissie needed more. She studied corsetry from that moment on, jetting off to Paris to Mr Pearl’s studio to hone her art to perfection (though being a perfectionist, she’d never admit it). She has now run bespoke corset business Curve Couture for ten years, whilst continually researching, developing and refining her art. She is an expert on corsets who has exhibited at Brighton Fashion Week, Alternative Fashion Week and numerous profile events. She is also well known in the cabaret, alternative and fetish couture world, and has a uniquely empathetic bond with her customers (whether performers, brides or simply women in need of a lift) knowing how to balance fantasy couture and comfort in equal measure. Her work has featured in titles including Scarlet, Alt, magazine, OK magazine and Marie Claire (Russia). How she fits that in around being a fantastic mum is beyond us, but she’s got a lovely, happy child. In her spare time she goes to rock clubs – or sleeps.

Cliterati Counsellor: Susan Quilliam

 

Susan Quilliam is a relationships psychologist specialising in love, intimacy and sex. She has been an agony aunt and relationship coach for over two decades, is one of the Family Planning Association‘s 21st Century Achievers, is on the Faculty of The School of Life, and has written 21 books published in 22 countries and 24 languages – including the rewrite of The Joy of Sex.

Susan is on the Advisory Board of the British Association of Sex Educators, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Planning and is an associate member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, the British Society for Sexual Medicine and the Royal Society of Medicine.

Cliterati Doctor: Dr Malcolm VandenBurg

Dr Malcolm VandenBurg is a Consultant Physician. He was trained in Sexual Diseases and Health at The London Hospital before the onset of AIDS and was involved in the treatment of one of the first patients who contracted AIDS in the UK. He has been involved in the development of many medicines for erectile dysfunction including Viagra, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors for premature ejaculation, as well as many treatments for STD’s. He has given opinions on and treated patients who have indulged in almost all activities practiced by humans. 

While working at the largest private sexual health clinic in Harley Street, which he helped establish, he gained experience in all aspects of this fascinating medical area consulting with up to 30 patients a day. His patients enjoy his easygoing non-judgemental style and attitude to all matters sexual, providing they are legal,consensual, practiced safely and are age appropriate and not abusive in any way be it physical, sexual or psychological. He is most proud of helping patients and their partners come to terms with their sexual preferences especially when their thoughts, including guilt, on these subjects inhibit their relationships or their mental health and life.

He advised The Adult Entertainment Industry and Film production companies including screening actors, as well as taking part at Erotica. 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. He has also given expert advice on autoerotocism, BDSM activity and consequent injuries, urophilias and erotic asphyxiation, and many other sexual practices.

Dr VandenBurg’s expertise includes the effects of all medication and drugs on behavior, sexuality, mood, disinhibition, sedation, levels of consciousness, sexual arousal,erection and vaginal secretions, and orgasm. He is proud to have assisted Emily Dubberley the Founder of Cliterati and other writers and journalist gain an approppriate level of knowledge in these matters and help correctly inform their readers. He is a frequent attendee at cabaret , burlesque, and circus in London and Brighton (where he has consulting rooms) and all over the world when he travels to give opinions and lecture. He advises parents on many sexual issues involving their children and facilitated Parent Support groups at the Capio Adolescent Mental Health Hospital in Chelsea.

Cliterati Science Editor: Brooke Magnanti


Brooke Magnanti, one of Observer’s “Faces of 2009” and Guardian newspaper’s “Best British Weblog 2003,” is a scientist and author.

She is writer of the best-selling Belle de Jour series of books, which were adapted into the hit ITV show “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” starring Billie Piper. She is also the writer of The Sex Myth: Why Everything We’re Told is Wrong.

 Cliterati Current Affairs Editor: Robert Page

Robert Page is best known as the creator and producer of The Lovers’ Guide. He has spent over 25 years working as a film-maker in the field of adult education. He has directed many of the films and produced the world’s first 3D adult theatrical feature: The Lovers’ Guide 3D – Igniting Desire.

He began creating the series on video in 1991 in the UK, where the original film sold over a million copies in its first year, and has since supervised its growth into one of the world’s most authoritative sex series. The material has been released as several books and in magazines, and set the stage for the biggest dedicated website on the internet. Mr. Page is editor of The Lovers’ Guide Laid Bare and project director of The Lovers’ Guide Illustrated Encyclopedia – both now being republished as e-books. The Lovers’ Guide reached number 63 in Channel 4′s 100 Sexiest Movie Moments and earned Robert Page a place on the 100 strong “Happy List” in the Independent on Sunday [27.04.08]

.He is a respected member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists;  The World Association for Sexual Health,  The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and the British Association of Sexual Educators. He holds an M.A. from the University of Leeds in the UK. He has written, lectured and broadcast extensively. He has two sons and lives in New York with his wife who works at the U.N.

Cliterature Editor: Lucy Felthouse

Lucy is a graduate of the University of Derby, where she studied creative writing. During her first year, she was dared to write an erotic story – so she did. It went down a storm and she’s never looked back. Lucy has had stories published by Cleis Press, Constable and Robinson, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, House of Erotica, Noble Romance, Ravenous Romance, Resplendence Publishing, Sweetmeats Press and Xcite Books. She is also the editor of Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City, and an avid book reader and reviewer. Find out more at LucyFelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter here.

 

Cliterati Dildographer: Hailie Lieverman

 

Hallie Lieberman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently writing a dissertation on the history of sex toys from the late 1800s to the 21st century.

Lieberman also blogs at dildographer.wordpress.com where she discusses her research and reviews sex toys.

Artcore Editor: Alice Holland (aka Ophelia Bitz)

The madam of the infamous ArtWank! events and one of London’s most notorious cabaret hosts, Alice Holland is a writer and researcher merrily straddling the worlds of namby-pamby artiness and rumpy-pumpy sexiness.

She lives on a WW2 torpedo boat on the Thames and enjoys whisky, travel and creative swearing at drivers when they have a pop at cyclists.

Co-editor of Bad Feminist UK, she has written for Time Out London, This Is Cabaret and The Erotic Review, and appeared on Woman’s Hour, Channel 4 and The Culture Show.

Queer Editor: Robin Sweet

 

Robin Sweet is a journalist and writer/editor of erotica and has acted as a sexpert for many publications, including Cosmopolitan, Scarlet, Forum, Men’s Health and Company magazines.

Her many years on the London fetish/poly/queer scene inform all her writing.

Her favourite things include Japanese rope bondage, embroidery, girls in spectacles, boys in skirts, Jane Austen and kittens.

Her short stories are available on the Ether Books app for Android and iOS: www.etherbooks.com.

 

Transsexual & Genderqueer Editor: Raphael Fox

Raphael Fox is an out transman who shared his early medical transition with the nation on Channel 4′s My Transsexual Summer in 2011.

Fox wrote about his experiences in Original Plumbing, gave talks at schools & universities, supported Pride events, was made proud patron for Gendered Intelligence, presented an award for the Albert Kennedy Trust, did many Q&A’s (inc Student Pride) and was on the front cover of  META magazine, (uk’s first Trans-zine).

Creatively, Raphael is also founder of Salute Creative (illustration, screen printsfilm) as well as New Blood Print Club at InkSpot Press. Visit Raphael’s Tumblr Blog here.

 

International Gender & Body Diversity Editor: Y Gavriel Ansara

Y. Gavriel Ansara is a psychological researcher, educator, and human rights activist who maintains a community-active and research-active international profile. Gávi has over 15 years of diverse professional experience and training in the fields of sexualities; genders; relationships; bereavement; sexual health, pleasure, and wellbeing; and health counselling. He received the 2011 UK HEA National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award given to one person annually for making a significant impact through excellence in teaching and the 2002 Keshet Leadership of the Year Award for founding a sexuality and gender outreach project for people in traditional religious communities.

He is the 2012 recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Transgender Research Award for research that makes a significant and innovative contribution to the field. This award-winning research was the first published study of cisgenderism, discriminatory ideology that de-legitimises people’s own designations of their genders. Gávi’s research on cisgenderism is motivated by his experiences as a man who was not raised as a boy and who continues to experience cisgenderism in his everyday life, as former founding director of a charity that assisted hundreds of people in navigating cisgenderisms in their everyday lives, as an experienced counsellor and therapeutic advocate for people seeking gender affirmation, and as a polycultural person with cross-cultural childhood experiences of how gender norms in one society can contradict those in another. Gávi is currently a final year PhD researcher in Psychology at the University of Surrey. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural and International Health, an MSc (Distinction) in Social Psychology, and certificates in Foundations of Addiction Counselling, HIV Testing and Prevention Counselling, International Human Rights, and Advanced Group Facilitation.  He has conducted numerous training sessions and workshops for clinicians and other professionals.

He is a frequent consultant for research, policy, and community-based projects that address a wide variety of topics ranging from asylum seeker and refugee experiences to poly families, from intersex rights to BDSM. Visit his website for more information

Contributors

Blacksilk

Blacksilk is a blogger, toy reviewer and erotic writer from Cardiff and the scattered brain behind sex blog Being Blacksilk. A sub-who-switches and practising bisexualist, Blacksilk kinks nearly as hard as she geeks. Which is a lot.

As a natural dabbler, though in a committed, monogamish relationship, Blacksilk writes about her sexual experiences and desires and regularly makes the annual Top 100 Sex Bloggers list. She also writes no-nonsense sex toy reviews for several major retailers and manufacturers and is a sucker for just the right dildo.

Blacksilk has recently taken up writing erotic fiction and, as well as several pieces on Being Blacksilk, has been published on several occasions. Her first published story featured zombies and voyeurism and her next revolves around stationery. Because she can. Her proudest publishing moment is writing the title story for Lovehoney’s fiercely-contested competition anthology Take Your Partner and Other Stories.

When not writing smut, tweeting nonsense, reviewing toys or drawing filthy pictures, she likes to own far too many dice, ties and NERF guns

Cheeky Minx

Cheeky Minx is an Australian writer and amateur photographer with a fascination for the erotic in its exquisitely immeasurable forms and guises. Since late 2009, she has been documenting this passion on her blog, Love Hate Sex Cake: an intimate exploration of sexuality, sensuality and desire through prose, poetry and photographic self-portraiture. These portraits, which have become something of a calling card, appear regularly on numerous erotic websites, with her photograph ‘Noir and Night’ featured on the cover of the latest collection of sensual erotica by Easily Aroused, titled Concupiscent.

The Love Hate Sex Cake blog, which has appeared on several lists including Molly Moore’s Twenty of 2012 and the Top 100 Sex Bloggers (for three consecutive years), has also resulted in her first self-published book, Sinfully Sensuous – a fusion of erotic words and imagery exploring the sensual and carnal complexity of feminine desire.

In her spare time Cheeky Minx indulges her love of cake, the arts and her obsession with lingerie.

Ronete Cohen

Ronete Cohen - (c) Daan Stringer 03cRonete Cohen is a psychologist/psychotherapist with a private practice in Mayfair, London (Ronete Cohen Therapy), and online (The Rainbow Couch). She specialises in sex-positive, open-minded and non-judgemental therapy for everyone, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, and those who are polyamorous and/or into kink. She is also an advisor for Scarleteen, and has advised the Dutch expertise centre on sexuality (Rutgers WPF) on LGBT youth. She has regular advice columns in magazines and online, writes articles, consults and gives her expert opinion to the media. She has also written a chapter for a book on psychotherapy

 

Calico Costello

After training in Costume Making at Central St. Martins Calico got a penchant for all things feathery and glitter laden. In her former years she was a costume making burlesque dancer and PR slave but has since moved over to the world of holistic therapy.

By day she helps people with addiction issues and by night she is a telephone dominatrix. There is absolutely no pie that this insubordinate cupcake has not had her finger in.

 

Alison J Carr

 

Alison J Carr is finalising her practice-led Fine Art PhD at Sheffield Hallam University.   She completed her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 2009 and BA (Hons) Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 2001.  Her practice takes a number of forms:photography, video, performance and writing.

Her research; How do I look? investigates her own modes of viewing showgirls,putting this into a critical context.  Her approach involves watching shows, from large-scale Parisian spectacles to burlesque cabarets as well as interviewing showgirls of all kinds. For more information see alisonjcarr.net

 

Rose Crompton

Rose graduated from London South Bank Uni with a degree in Writing For Media Arts and was unsure of what to do with it until she stumbled upon Scarlet magazine, got a job there and realised it allowed her to combine two of her greatest passions: writing and sex.

Former editor of online e-zine Harlot, Rose is now a freelance journalist and part-time sales assistant in an adult store. Taking pleasure in selling vibrators to the good people of London, she’s a great believer that sex should be full of fun and experimentation. With this in mind she’s dedicated much of her professional writing career to searching out and reviewing great adult toys, books and films, interviewed an array of kinky characters and written saucy features for the likes of Scarlet, Forum and Cosmopolitan as well as contributing to many blogs and online magazines.

For more information and contact details visit www.rosemcrompton.com

K L Gillespie 

 

K L Gillespie writes about masturbating surrealists, blind fantacists, sadomasochists – life, death, sex – lost minds, lost love and lost ways…

Her work has previously been published in 3AM Magazine, TANK and The Erotic Review and her latest book, Unlost is out now.

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie McNeill

Maggie McNeill hails from New Orleans, Louisiana and has been a librarian, a housewife, a stripper, a call girl and a madam; she eventually married her favourite client, retired and moved to the hinterlands of the American South.

There she writes a daily blog called “The Honest Courtesan” which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art and every other aspect of prostitution. She also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, presents short biographies of famous courtesans, pens the occasional tale and sometimes even shares recipes.

Her friends call her a rabble-rouser and her enemies apply all manner of impolite labels, but she insists that she’s just an overeducated whore with a good memory.

 

Molly Moore

Molly is the writer of one of the UK most successful sex blogs, Molly’s Daily Kiss. She has had her work exhibited at the Festival Of Erotic Arts (2012) in Edinburgh and was a 2012 Erotic Awards finalist. She is the founder of Sinful Sunday; a project to encourage bloggers to have fun with their cameras creating erotic images and also The Pussy Pride Project; a celebration of all that is wonderful about pussies. Her blog is marriage of words and images, and most of her writing is based on her own experiences and contains strong autobiographical content. She lives a 24/7 D/s based relationship as a submissive woman. She recently appeared in the Channel 4 documentary, Sex Story: 50 Shades of Grey.

Paris Orsini

Paris OrsiniParis has been working with Emily Dubberley since Cliterati was founded in 2001, at which time she was a frequent visitor to Torture Garden, Rubber Ball and various other London-based fetish clubs.

A published scholar and senior lecturer in Crime and Punishment, bi-sexual married mother of two Paris has also contributed to fiction anthologies such as Ultimate Decadence and online hub Audible. She has written articles on varied topics including lesbian sex, fetishism, body modification, and the history of sex toys, reviews of sex books, and is experienced in experimenting with and reviewing the latest toys.

Whilst recovering from extensive life-saving surgery, Paris developed an interest in the effects of body image on self-confidence, and published a series of erotic images on DeviantArt, with some interesting feedback.

Her current interest is emotional literacy and its synergy with sexual fantasy, porn and sex in longer-term relationships.

Lady Pandorah

Lady Pandorah ImageA UK blogger since 2008, Lady Pandorah is the keeper of her Sanctuary where she writes about her kinky relationship with her long-term partner. Much of her writing mixes up her desire based in lust, love and BDSM with a focus on sensuality. Whilst mainly submissive, occasionally her dominant Minx personality comes out to play and flexes her claws.

Fusing together erotic writing, sex toy reviews, photography and her partner’s music, Lady Pandorah’s Sanctuary has featured in a number of Sinful Sunday round-ups, e-[Lust] top posts as well as appearing in the Top 100 Sex Bloggers list for the past four years.

The Lady herself has a penchant for lacy underwear and more often than not is hiding something a little racy underneath her sensible Real Life exterior. Very occasionally she shares this secret with her voyeurs of the blog by participating in Sinful Sunday posts .

Ever the optimist, she hopes always and endlessly.