Openness and Serendipity

Openness and Serendipity Image courtesy of Over the last six months, I’ve distributed informal surveys on porn consumption, visited sex education groups, scrolled through numerous porn and camming sites, read academic papers, watched a lot of TED talks, ploughed through books on female pleasure, prostitution and seduction and recognize that all of this barely … More Openness and Serendipity

Burlesque — Helping or Hindering Women?

Image courtesy of Once I’d exhausted the Kama Sutra (if one can ever exhaust the Kama Sutra), I moved on to the visibly, sultry, sexy space of burlesque. Burlesque is, at its essence, a striptease and it is also much more than a striptease. I interviewed a number of burlesque dancers including Crystal Precious … More Burlesque — Helping or Hindering Women?

The Art, Science and Business of Seduction

Image courtesy of Upon embarking on this adventure, I’d imagined seduction as an individual’s ability to influence others, typically for sexual gain, but applicable to any form of power play. “Seduction” as a complex behavioural model to unpack and more interesting territory than the effort of trying “to be sexy”. Seduction may be defined … More The Art, Science and Business of Seduction

Sex Education and Sexual Intimacy 

Scene from Mr & Mrs Smith We know more about our partners and potential partners than ever before, as algorithms chart our compatibility, Twitter — the minutiae of our daily lives, Instagram — our most flattering selfies and Facebook — our passions. Social media isn’t just having a negative impact on girls’ self-esteems, it’s also impacting our sex lives. As Janet Street-Porter … More Sex Education and Sexual Intimacy 

Girls and Sex

Image courtesy of Earlier this year, the New York Times published an article by Jonah Bromwich titled “Study of Teenagers Asks: Who’s Happier, Boys or Girls?, relating to a report published by the World Health Organization. It is one of a number of articles in 2016 that points to a trend in poorer mental … More Girls and Sex

Child Pornography

Black Mirror’s “Shut Up and Dance” episode, featuring a storyline involving child pornography “It’s really a form of internet addiction. People get trapped in a bubble where they move from adult porn to teenage girls and then younger and younger [children], not thinking of these girls as being the same age as their own daughters, … More Child Pornography

Why is Porn Such a Problem Anyway?

Image courtesy of Porn is often demonised by the evangelical Right with their rule book for appropriate sex, or dismissed by the liberal Left who don’t believe this is a problem that affects them directly. As Jane Langton explains in her “Motion for Masturbation — The Naked Truth” “In the ancient aristocracies, the wealthy men had … More Why is Porn Such a Problem Anyway?