Category Archives: Female Sexual Pleasure

girl_power_final_logo January 14

The fear-mongering of the smear

Mention ‘smear tests’ (or ‘pap tests’ to our American friends) and everybody has an opinion. Many will have had an experience with abnormal cells themselves, and consequent procedures. Many will have heard about friends who have undergone such anxiety-ridden times. And most will say women should/must/have to have smear tests. And I am here to […]

doll September 28

Female Sexuality

Ok. So I’m a Sociologist, we know that. I’m also a feminist, and massively interested in issues of sex and sexuality. And Medical Sociology/ Sociology of Health. And everything. Because I’m a Sociologist, and we look into everything. You know that one of my personal bugbears hatreds, is the narrow way in which western medicine, […]

purse May 14

The myth of sexual liberation

I read Jessica Valenti’s piece ‘Of course the French have better sex if our idea of sex is limited to men’s ideals’ and then the original interview ‘Are the French Better at Sex? A Discussion’. I think what they are both missing is that women can increasingly be as sexually active as they choose in […]

plastic34 November 16

F*cking Feminism

I know labels shouldn’t matter but I have struggled with this for a while as I wrote here whilst pondering the privilege of feminism. If you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll know I have been toying with rejecting the term feminist for quite a while. The latest pop music debates surrounding Lily […]

plastic37 April 26

Authentic pleasure for women

Whilst everyone else is arguing over the colour pink, Page 3 or Beyonce, I think one of the most imperative discussions we need to have is that of sex, more specifically, the heteronormativity of sex. Why are we classing sex, or ‘real sex’ as a vagina being penetrated by a penis? This The F Word […]