Sex News: Skyrim, Bad Sex In Fiction Awards, Victoria’s Secret Superheroes

by Violet Blue on November 27, 2011

  • Auberon Waugh, Literary Review’s former editor, founded the [Bad Sex in Fiction] prize with crusading purpose. He was genuinely convinced that publishers were encouraging novelists to include sex scenes solely in order to increase sales. Bleak encounters (FT.com)
  • Bob Duggan writes a really interesting article, saying: “I don’t think that you can argue with the idea that great artists have great sex (if by “great,” you mean prolific). (…) What I take issue with is the idea that female artists can’t enjoy the same “fruits” of their labor…” Do Great Artists Have More Sex? (Big Think, via Dr. Gloria Brame)
  • For beloved sex blogger Bacchus (and may of us), being sex-positive isn’t about defining sex-negativity. “Do you have to celebrate all the sex? Of course not. If you’re like most people with pronounced tastes and opinions, some of the sexual propositions and subcultures out there will strike you as boring, frightening, risible, or worse. No matter. Sometimes being non-judgmental doesn’t require much more from you than keeping your mouth firmly shut.” Defining Sex Positivity (ErosBlog: The Sex Blog)

  • From 1999 to 2002, 14 women were brutally murdered by killer Robert Pickton, a fact that haunts Col. Catherine Galliford. She says she will testify that both RCMP and Vancouver Police Department officers, even after the Missing Women Task Force was formed in 2001, engaged in sexual liaisons and harassment, watched porn and left work early “to go drinking and partying.” Cops watched porn, skipped work instead of investigating missing women: Officer (Montreal Gazette)

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1 Falbert November 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

Victoria’s Secret show: Lots of good work on the costumes, meh on the women. I could barely tell them apart. Looking at them from the neck down – could have been one pair of twins, just switching outfits.

2 David November 27, 2011 at 11:47 am

I had such activist conflict while playing Skyrim. For those unfamiliar with the game, at a certain point your character can get married. And in this fantasy realm, apparently everyone is bi-sexual, because your character’s gender doesn’t seem to matter. You and your spouse simply decide whose home to move to, and they stay there to cook for you, sell things, and give you a cut of the money.

Since I was playing a cute little red-haired woman (who’s proficient in heavy armor and twin-sword wielding), I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do: marry a woman to show support for same-sex marriages, or marry a man to show support for non-traditional gender roles. Something about my character thinking, “I’ve had a hard day slaying dragons, and if Roggi Knot-Beard doesn’t have dinner on the table when I get home, so help me it’s the woodshed for him…” causes me to chuckle, even though it probably shouldn’t.

In the end, I went for a willowy brunette woman from the town square, not because of any sort of activism… but really because she was the only potential mate I met whom I didn’t want to kill and loot on site. And really, isn’t that what every marriage should be about?

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