sexuality Archive

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How does an Englishman know his wife has died?

How does an Englishman know his wife has died? Sex is still the same, but the dishes are piling up in the sink.

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Sex-free regions

Yorkshire and the North-east are set to be sex-free regions, at least as far as independent television is concerned. David Lister, “Yorkshire becomes sex-free zone”, The Independent, 4 January 97

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We are not a physically confident nation

We are not a physically confident nation. When we think of ourselves making love we do not summon the blissful image of taut bodies coupling, but a vision of up-ended buttocks and too much cellulite. (…) Undressed we think of ourselves more naked than nude, the sort of nakedness you find in

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Knowingness that suggested the whole sex thing mightn’t be totally alien to them

There was a “knowingness” about the way they walked that suggested the whole sex thing mightn’t be totally alien to them. Brendan O’Connor, Slices of Exotica, Irish Sunday Independent, June 22, 1997

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English girls were too sensible for sex

These girls [local girls] were too sensible for sex. They wanted to play chasing and stuff. Courtship and sex were relegated to being a hidden agenda lurking beneath the endless games of chasing on summer nights. Brendan O’Connor, Slices of Exotica, Irish Sunday Independent, June 22, 1997

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We all knew what them continentals were like about sex

Sure, we all knew what them continentals were like about sex. They were all at it from an early age, encouraged, we didn’t doubt, by their equally sex-mad parents. If only we could crack their continental cool and get our clammy claws on their tanned pert perfection. Brendan O’Connor, Slices of Exotica,

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Our Madonna was Queen Victoria

Remember that for most of the last century this country’s iconic woman—our Madonna, as it were (in both the Catholic and the American senses)—was Queen Victoria. She might have been sex-on-a-stick for poor Prince Albert, and maybe that funny Scottish chap, but not for anyone else. For the rest of us, sex—unless

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Some married women have feelings that to submit to men is wrong

The reasons for non-consummation are the same as ever, she reports, in spite of our apparent enlightenment on sexual matters. “Some fail to consummate because of parental prohibition: they think their parents would be against it. Some need to be told it’s all right to do this thing. Some married women have

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The British love sex—when other people are doing it

The British love sex—when other people are doing it. But we also hate sex—when we are doing it ourselves. What, asks, Henry Porter, does this say about our values? Henry Porter, “Too close for our comfort”, The Observer, 13 October 1996

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Erotic vocabulary composed entirely of squeals and giggles

And yet even in the dark years of this century, Britsex bubbled under, though in an infantile way: … an erotic vocabulary composed entirely of squeals and giggles; even the very words “slap and tickle”, a euphemism for the carnal act no other nation on the planet could have coined… And that
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