• Lit Hub’s Guide to Sex in the 21st Century

    The History of, the Study of, the Writing of, and Just Doing It

    We’ve published a lot of about sex over the years, and for the fake occasion that is Valentine’s Day (thanks a lot, Chaucer), we’re opening the vault. From the dildos of whalers’ wives to the Magic Mike Live XXX revue, with pit stops at foot fetishes and BDSM and a productive detour into the craft of writing, this is your guide to sex in the 21st century.

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    How people wrote about sex in the Middle Ages  ♥  There once was a dildo in Nantucket  ♥  How John Donne learned to write love poetry  ♥  Centuries before Fifty Shades, a runaway hit about kinky sex  ♥  A steamy letter from Henry Miller to Anais Nin  ♥  Hosting an orgy? This 1970s cookbook has you covered  ♥  Writing desire in the Regency years  ♥  Group sex therapy at the local synagogue (or, reading the sexy bits of the Bible)  ♥  Why are we so afraid of female desire?  ♥  Everything I know about sex I learned from Edna St. Vincent Millay  ♥  One man’s literary crusade to uncensor sex in America.

    SEX, the STUDY OF

    Here’s the quick and dirty on foot fetishes.

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    What pornographic literature shows us about human nature.

    Learning about BDSM—by doing it myself.

    How capitalism created sexual dysfunction.

    How does focusing on the self affect a woman’s sex life?

    Conceptualizing the vagina, a “dark and vicious place.”

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    Some fundamental principles for writing great sex  ♥  Melissa Febos on what a sex scene should do  ♥  The best sex I ever had was (also) a narrative structure  ♥  The ways in which writing may or may not resemble sex  ♥  Writing sex for money is hard f*cking work  ♥  In praise of sex writing that’s about more than being sexy  ♥  Why sex scenes are not only feminist, but necessary  ♥  The literature of bad sex.


    The under-celebrated erotic power of… hamantaschen.

    The disorientation and relief of owning my submissiveness.

    Moved to tears at the Magic Mike Live XXX revue.

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    Learning about sex from Samantha Jones.

    On phone sex, first writing jobs, and unexpected teachers.

    My job writing custom erotic love letters.

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