Porn to my ears: I tried audio erotica – would it turn me on?

Porn to my ears: I tried audio erotica – would it turn me on?

A slew of platforms have sprung up that explicitly cater to female sexuality – and no naked bodies. Why do women like them so much?  Audio erotica: ‘The woman was never not in control. Foreplay plays a starring role.’ Photograph: Getty Images I never thought I’d be paid to listen to audio erotica at work, […]

He, she, they … should we now clarify our preferred pronouns when we say hello?

The internet is an unforgiving place. Use the wrong words, express the wrong opinion, and you can quickly find yourself “cancelled”. One of the latest victims of the internet cancellation machine is Natalie Wynn, a trans woman who has built a large following on her YouTube channel ContraPoints. Wynn is known for her smart, surreal, Wildesque […]

Jennifer Gunter: ‘Women are being told lies about their bodies’

Dear Ms Paltrow,’ began Dr Jen Gunter’s open letter of 2017, regarding the jade eggs Paltrow was promoting on her website Goop. Paltrow claimed that inserting one into the vagina would improve a woman’s life, in at least four ways. “It is the biggest load of garbage I have read on your site since vaginal steaming. It’s […]

Why Carrie Symonds is the embodiment of the Boris Johnson brand

Carrie Symonds is not some ingenue blond playmate of a rich and powerful older man. It is almost worse than that. As the partner of the new prime minister, she has become the visible authentication of the Boris Johnson brand: that’s Boris the priapic, convention-busting, law-unto-himself, human bulldozer; a man of as many conflicting opinions as […]

Let men be free to admit vulnerability

I was struck by a possibly generational divide in my response to I Am Nicola, awarded five stars by Lucy Mangan (23 July). I cannot deny the acting was impressive and it was an absorbing 60 minutes, but I cannot agree that Adam is a controlling monster. He is tormented by jealousy and insecurity – common human […]

We don’t need to bleed’: why many women are giving up on periods

For some, it is about bringing an end to debilitating pain or dark thoughts. For others, it is as simple as being liberated from the sinking realisation that you need a tampon – but you left them in your other handbag. When a new wave of feminist authors and activists are calling on women to […]

How to practise good post-sex hygiene

The most important rule for any sexually active woman is to empty their bladder within 15 minutes of sex. Whether it is same-sex, with a sex toy or heterosexual intercourse, unless you empty your bladder you are more likely to get a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to […]

Why automation is a feminist issue

ccording to a new study from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), nearly 10% of women work in jobs with a high potential for automation, compared with only 4% of men. So what, I hear you say. Substitute “robots” for “austerity”, “the demise of unionisation”, “public-sector pay freezes”, “modern life” – pick any of these […]

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