Channel 4: Campaign for Real Sex

Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex season “explores how the ever-increasing consumption of freely available internet pornography is distorting people’s expectations of sex, ultimately damaging the sex lives of Britons, particularly young people who have grown up in the age of the internet where hardcore porn is just a click away.”

Last night the second programme in the series aired, the much talked-about Sex Box. This boundary-pushing programme featured three couples – a young straight couple, a gay couple, and a middle-aged straight couple, each of whom in turn had sex in the box – a sound-proof shed-like structure – and then emerged to discuss it with Mariella Frostrup and a team of sex and relationship experts: Dan Savage, Tracey Cox and Phillip Hodson.

While Sex Box received a mixed reception in the media, the series makes an important contribution to the discussion about modern attitudes to sex. If you’re finding Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex series interesting, then take a look at Sallie Tisdale’s Talk Dirty To Me, republished this month in a revised and updated edition as part of Souvenir Press’ Independent Voices series.

Discussing everything from romance and pornography, prostitution and morality, to fantasies and orgasm, along the way Sallie Tisdale guides us through peep shows, sex shops, and even the pornography collection of the British Library! Like Channel 4’s current television series, Sallie Tisdale is making a valuable contribution to the current discussion about changing modern attidudes to sexual politics, investigating the role that sex plays in modern life.

“Sex is just being human,” says Sallie Tisdale in the new introduction to Talk Dirty To Me. An open and provocative portrait of sex and sexuality today, we can think of no better place to start a frank and intelligent discussion about sex.

Sex Box may not have lived up to the hype, but the conversation still needs to be had about sex lives in the 21st century. So take a look at this intimate philosophy of sex, and get talking.


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