pornography

Anything goes

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Johanna Williams on how sex education became a free-for-all

Why is America so inhibited about sex toys?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s hard not to love a book that starts with its author fearing a police sting while flogging sex toys…

If Damian Green lied about looking at porn, I don’t blame him one bit

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I first viewed pornography at the age of 12, when a school friend showed me a magazine called, I think,…

Rachel Johnson: The trouble with today’s porn? Older men are terrified by it

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Long letter from the High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School, addressing me as ‘Dear Old Paulina’ (I thought we…

Brilliant essayists, dark and fair

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Read cover to cover, a book of essays gives you the person behind it: their voice, the trend of their…

Where does Dignitas find its customers?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Smash the orange Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said the government’s Brexit plans could ‘fall apart like…

Why is Tim Parks so obsessed with adultery?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Tim Parks is a writer of some very fine books indeed, which makes it even more of a shame that…

According to Luke

18 March 2017 9:00 am

This is an odd one, not least because it claims to be a novel, which it isn’t. Emmanuel Carrère, writer…

I was a sex addict

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The first and only time I went to a meeting of Sex Addicts Anonymous, this chap stood up and gave…

Don’t preach to prostitutes, says Charlotte Shane

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The premise of Kat Banyard’s Pimp State is a familiar one: sex work — a phrase the author rejects as…

Intelligent design: Alex Eales’s set for ‘Cleansed’ is the star of the show at the Dorfman

Sarah Kane's Cleansed is a thin, vicious pantomime

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Big fuss about Cleansed at the Dorfman. Talk of nauseous punters rushing for the gangways may have perversely delighted the…

The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015 9:00 am

When the state excuses underage sex, what chance do our children have?

Page 3 was harmless. Here’s why I’ll miss it

24 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I for one would be sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are a sort of saturnalia, a harmless…

‘Before the Mirror’, 1913, by Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele at the Courtauld: a one-note samba of spindly limbs, nipples and pudenda

8 November 2014 9:00 am

One day, as a student — or so the story goes — Egon Schiele called on Gustav Klimt, a celebrated…

A flashlight into the cellar of the lawless ‘dark net’

13 September 2014 9:00 am

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, and I wonder whether its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, would…

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s time to stand up against the self-righteous sharing of videos of beheading and other gruesome violence

Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s not just the young whose expectations of sex are warped by dirty videos online

Google is part of the free press. So hands off, Prime Minister

27 July 2013 9:00 am

It is not quite clear what Google did to David Cameron, but the Prime Minister seems to be exacting some…