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Let’s talk about sex, baby

CHARLOTTE COOPER WISHES SHE COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND GIVE HERSELF SOME ADVICE

SEEING QUEERLY

PHOTO SARA DAVIDMANN

When I was a girl my dad and brothers would, on occasion, say homophobic things about other people. It was completely normalised, a joke. Aside from this, I can remember only two times when Mum said anything about being gay, observations that were separated by years. Once, she pointed at an actor on TV and said authoritatively: “He is a homosexual.” In the second instance she told me: “Lesbians do it with their fingers.” These words of wisdom were uttered in a vacuum of queer representation in the public sphere and I was socialised in an almost complete queer cultural desert. I say almost because by the time I hit puberty I had developed a deep curiosity about homosexuality that I satisfied by finding, reading and watching forbidden things in secret.

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The Sex Issue. As well as our steamy countryside shoot this issue is full of sexy content: 20 ways to get and give the best orgasm. "How sex with women has changed since my transition." How revenge porn affect LBT people. Straight women and lesbian porn. What happens to our sexual desire as we get older. Once you had your fill of that theres' plenty of other content to get excited about: An excerpt from Sue Perkins' brilliant new memoir. In praise of the word lesbian. Eleanor Matsuura fromBBC cop drama Cuffs Sarah Waters talks about 20 years of Tipping The Velvet. Director Claire Kurylowski. Sapphic suffragettes. Jeanette Winterson. And all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV
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