Articles about Sex and Relationships

A British girlhood made of bricks: how Kate Nash’s debut album was a friend to teenage girls

Sarah Wilson revisits the messy hinterland of Kate Nash’s debut album and examines its legacy, both for the young girls who grew up with it and for Nash

Sarah Wilson // 9 September 2017

Categories: Feminism, Music, Reviews, Sex and Relationships

Gal pals: when queer women are ‘just friends’

Sophie Jackson chats to queer women about friendship, boundaries and the hypersexualisation of queerness

Sophie Jackson // 5 August 2017

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes

How to be a feminist porn director

Laura Elias Casas interviews two women porn industry figures about where, how and why feminism fits in

Laura Elias Casas // 30 July 2017

Categories: Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships

What does it mean to be gay in 2017?

Jennifer Richards considers how attitudes to the LGBT+ community have changed and what that means to young queer people today

Jennifer Richards // 28 July 2017

Categories: Activism, Features, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes

Being a bisexual object

On Bi Visibility Day, Zoe Russell discusses the inconsistent treatment of bisexuality within the culture of hook up sites and sex parties

Zoe Russell // 23 September 2016

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

“Why aren’t you pregnant yet?” The questions infertile women dread

Many young women receive intrusive questions and remarks about when they might get pregnant. Laura Cooke describes how that feels for women who can't have the families they would like

Laura Cooke // 19 August 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Features, Sex and Relationships

Unsexy women: Love, sex and marginalised bodies

In a culture which categorises some groups of women as unattractive, D H Kelly explores how this has an effect far beyond whether or not we find love or get laid

D H Kelly // 8 July 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Racism, Sex and Relationships

The middle classing of prostitution: the social climb of the sex trade

Rae Story discusses the effect of the digital age on sex work and the seductive cultural appeal of prostitution becoming a middle class occupation

Rae Story // 3 April 2016

Categories: Class, Features, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Sex, all six parts

What was your first sexual experience? Kat Sadler shares her uncomfortable experiences and dishes out some sound advice

Kat Sadler // 25 January 2016

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

Romance novels and feminism genre snobsCan love conquer all – even the genre snobs?

If there are clichés and poorly-written books in every genre, Nick Beard asks, why is romance always singled out for derision?

Nick Beard // 19 November 2015

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Sex and Relationships, Uncategorized

Sex after rape: sharing survivors’ stories

Rape survivors looking for help to cope with their bodies and sex after rape face a vacuum in the information and services available. Pavan Amara speaks to survivors who all wish they had known they weren't the only ones

Pavan Amara // 27 February 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Violence

Why feminists need to talk about the pleasures of sexuality

The lack of education on healthy, pleasurable sexuality and the growing prevalence of pornography are distorting young people's attitudes to sex, relationships and women's bodies, argues Erin Lane

Erin Lane // 28 October 2013

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships

The long walk to equality

Musician and singer Sabrina Chap talks to Karren Ablaze! about putting the joy in the fight for LGBT rights and how same-sex marriage is by no means the end of the road

Karren Ablaze // 31 May 2013

Categories: Features, Interviews, Music, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships

What have I done: escaping domestic violence

When Amanda Prowse set out to write a novel about an abusive marriage, she spoke to women who had experienced violent relationships. The number of women who came forward to talk to her confirms how widespread domestic violence is

Amanda Prowse // 22 April 2013

Categories: Features, Sex and Relationships, Violence

The poly-feminist manifesto: towards a feminist non-monogamy

Some argue that non-monogamous relationships are inherently patriarchy-busting. But in practice that's not the case. A group of workshop participants pieced together this manifesto to change all that

Various Authors // 23 May 2012

Categories: Sex and Relationships

No access to the women’s room

Going clothes shopping as a disabled woman is a nightmare, says D H Kelly

D H Kelly // 30 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

She gives me fever

Porn is not for everyone: but it can be for feminists, Mia Engberg tells Sophie Mayer, as her programme of shorts screens in London

Sophie Mayer // 13 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

On a planet far, far away…

The gender politics of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus was eye-rolling enough. But some people look beyond the solar system entirely for their guidelines on sex and relationships, to a fictional planet where men are dominant and women are wives, sex slaves or rebel 'panthers'. Kit Marsters reports

Kit Marsters // 20 December 2011

Categories: Sex and Relationships

You can be anti-porn and pro-sex

I'm no censor, says Lisa Saunders. She talks through some common misconceptions about anti-porn/pro-sex feminism

Lisa Saunders // 13 December 2011

Categories: Culture and Media, Feminism, Sex and Relationships

Breaking up with romance

It's not you, it's me. Lex De Laney explains why she is taking a 12-month break from romance to concentrate on herself

Lex De Laney // 28 June 2011

Categories: Sex and Relationships

Empowering just one person: An interview with Zoe Margolis

The outspoken feminist and author of Girl With a One Track Mind and Girl With a One Track Mind: Exposed spoke to Catherine Redfern about feminism, sex, activism and writing

Catherine Redfern // 16 September 2010

Categories: Activism, Features, Feminism, Interviews, Sex and Relationships

Painful vagina? Your poor husband!

S's experience with vulvar vestibulitis - which makes penetrative sex painful - highlighted the phallocentric medical establishment and limited definitions of sex

S // 14 March 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Men, Sex and Relationships, Soundbites

Piggy banks and budget cuts

Cuts have become politically popular again, but the new thrift is targeted at the most not least vulnerable, says Clare Gould

Clare Gould // 16 December 2009

Categories: Family, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Feminism and the vampire novel

Much has been written about sexism in the Twilight books and film. Here, Caitlin Brown puts the series in context of other popular vampire fiction

Caitlin Brown // 8 September 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Feminism, Language, Racism, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes

For the good of the species?

If you believe one story on a popular science news site, there's proof that older men "chasing" younger women benefits humankind (or should that be mankind?) Eirwen-Jane Pierrot considers the impact of these sensationalist claims on women in the real world

Eirwen-Jane Pierrot // 15 April 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Violence

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