"It’s like parenting or establishing friendships, or pretty much any other intimate, cooperative endeavor: It takes attention and recalibration to be done well even when you’ve made a particularly felicitous match." Sex can be unpleasant, awkward, or even upsetting - and that's okay. In Defense of Bad Sex.
It's time once again for The Literary Journal's Bad Sex in Fiction Award nominees (previously here: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, because we love it!) The Guardian (in Guarniad style) has a collection of NotVerySafe CannotBeUnseen HiYoTriggerWarning excerpts, including first-time novelist Morrissey's "giggling snowball of full-figured copulation" and sex-writing veteran Erica Jong's "Adam just discovering Eve’s pussy". It doesn't get much badder.
The nominess for the Bad Sex in Fiction award have been announced.
(NSFW) BUTT magazine (previously, previouslier) has undergone a huge redesign this year and asked readers to submit reviews of their sexual encounters. They don't always go well. [more inside]
The Literary Review's Bad Sex Prize goes to Bunker 13 by Aniruddha Bahal (Faber & Faber). The winning passage, which described a woman as "endomorphically endowed," also included the sentence, "Your palms are holding her neck and thumbs are at her ears regulating the speed of her head as she swallows and then sucks up your machinery." Oh baby.