Category Archives: Feminism

the marriage that knows itself

I want to talk about marriage, but I’m going to start by talking about sex. One of the difficulties in writing sex scenes as a feminist writer is that so much of female desire is learned. What women have learned … Continue reading

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Okay, so you had to be there. And a man. And from the fifties.

We saw A Funny Thing last night at Her Majesty’s theatre. A musical about a Roman slave who has to match-make the hero and heroine to gain his freedom. I had problems. So I get that it’s high farce, and camp as … Continue reading

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he makes me feel so feminine

When I started reading romance novels in earnest, about four years ago, I was drawn to the powerful heterosexual narrative. Actually, it’s more than that, isn’t it? It’s a really traditional sort of hetero-sex. A big, hard man and a … Continue reading

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I really should have asked this question a long time ago

An old friend messaged me out of the blue on facebook the other day: I have a question for you, it has been bothering me for a long time, but recently revived by watching new TV series. Why does the … Continue reading

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Puberty Blues

I feel a little bit smug. I’ve been watching a couple of bloody brilliant Aussie TV shows, and for once the rest of the world has to wait! (And here’s hoping other countries have the sense to buy these shows … Continue reading

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death is my independence

The dissolute rake falling for the pure virgin is a classic romance trope. In Romancelandia it means watching a man beyond redemption become redeemed through love. In the original rake/virgin novel…not so much. Clarissa, written in 1748, is the story of … Continue reading

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the mother-daughter sex talk

When my older brother was fourteen and about to go on his first ever date, my parents sat him down and told him some things about respecting girls and always using condoms. The reason I know this is that my … Continue reading

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