'It’s an entreprise founded on revenge – on, as the site itself claims, betrayal. At the same time, a disclaimer notes hurriedly that “Shesahomewrecker.com is all about gossip and satire”, although how much satire’s involved in posting offenders’ addresses and phone numbers on the comment sections is debatable.'
Erotic Towers has moved – to leafy Clapham. Its denizens look glumly at a veritable mountain of boxes filled with books, obsolete sex gadgets, back issues and office paraphernalia. The only one not to make the short journey across the river was Bonking Bonita, our unofficial mascot, never taken out of her box, by now almost certainly perished (in more senses than one) and possibly a contender for the world’s oldest inflatable sex doll. Poor Bonita, we shall mourn her as she takes her inevitable resting place in some toxic landfill site in a corner of South East England. We will miss our old building, too, where many a jolly lunch was held with guests that included such luminaries as Boris Johnson, a man who loves cycling, pretty gels and being mayor and a tough Tory. Not necessarily in that order. So please bear with us while we try to organise ourselves into some semblance of alert and receptive efficiency. We hope to be up and running again in the first week of January. But between now and then we will be acting a little crazy… Oh, and thanks v. much, Virgin Media, for compounding our moving lunacy by telling us a couple of days before that our new place would not have the super-fast broadband you had promised and we would just jolly well have to wait – for up to eight weeks. But never mind, those nice people at Sky are helping out. So there's one in the eye for Liberty Global's chairman, John C. Malone, aka Darth Vader. Yes, I'm sure our defection to Sky will come as a bitter blow to Darth. Question is, will Rupert do any better? According to a cheery ex-employee of Sky we talked to today, probably not – they're all the same bunch of wankers. There's one robust view of the telecoms industry.
Recently, BBC documentary-maker Louis Theroux did a follow-up to his now classic documentary Porn. The sequel is called Twilight of the Porn Stars, which shows how the internet has destroyed stable incomes of people within the porn industry.
Copstick is interviewed by Divya Khan about her charity, Mama Biashara: "You only have to watch a couple of hours of TV and you'll catch enough Poverty Porn to last you a lifetime - picturesque brown toddlers looking downcast and then, on queue, lifting their limpid, pleading brown eyes to camera as the obscenely overpaid voiceover celebrity exhorts us to pay £3.00 a month to ensure ‘little Ayesha’ doesn't have to starve/drink dirty water/watch her mother die/get sold into slavery/get beaten/abused/neglected by her parents/the man up the road."
What is perverse sex and what isn’t? Julie Peakman has explored two millennia's worth of strange, abnormal or deviant sexual activity in her new book, The Pleasure’s All Mine. This first comprehensive history of sexual difference seeks out an abundance of original sources – letters, diaries, memoirs, court records, erotic books, medical texts and advice manuals – and shows how, for ordinary people, different kinds of sex have always offered a huge choice of different pleasures. There never was a ‘normal’. Tati Kalveks interviews the author.
Since time immemorial, religious people have been weird about sex. But which came first? Are they weird about sex because they're religious or are they religious because they're weird about sex? The science is inconclusive, despite a data set comprising of the entirety of human history. It goes way back, presumably to before recorded history. But by the fourth century there were already signs that religious devotees had a sexual screw loose. In Egypt, the Pachomius of Tabennisi banned the showing of knees, in case the sight of them led the monks to fuck each other. They were also banned from lending each other books or, more reasonably perhaps, from oiling each other's bodies. Fast forward to Iraq 2006 and you see similar thoughts at work. Outside Baghdad, shepherds were forced by Islamic militants to put their sheep in diapers, in case the sight of their orifices proved too tempting. Naturally, they killed the shepherds who would not comply.
Behold! The Erotic Review Penis Beaker in all of its glory! Specially commissioned by ER (with a design yet to be approved by Mumsnet). Crafted from molten glass into the clearest crystal by skilled Murano glassblowers steeped in a centuries-old tradition: each beaker hand-blown to become a thing of beauty, indeed, a joy forever… Oh yes, I know, it’s so easy to smirk. But as a male, I chortle guiltily at Penis Beaker Bloke (or maybe with: here’s hoping he has a highly developed sense of humour). But somehow it feels like breaking ranks and betraying the Brotherhood, whatever’s left of it. Well, betraying some kind of male solidarity, anyway.
The fabulously rakish William Hickey was acquainted with many good-time girls, and catalogued his exploits in some of the more entertaining memoirs of the 18th century. He records that in 1781 he held a lavish dinner party for Lord Fielding and others at the Bull Tavern, on Shooter’s Hill. One of the guests was a prostitute called Miss Pris Vincent, who performed her party piece of pissing over a dining table into a champagne bottle held by Hickey on the other side. By manipulating her labia, she encouraged her urine to describe a graceful, golden arc through the air, and her aim was so accurate that at least a third of her water actually filled the bottle. Lord Fielding is said to have laughed so hard at this feat that he was near suffocation.
ER: You started your career doing convertible bond research for UBS in Japan. How did you go from that to comedy and activism? KS: When I finished university I had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to get well away from my rather miserable childhood. So I took the job that paid the most, and thus gave me the most independence straight off the bat. I didn't really enjoy the finance industry but I don't believe in taking a job and then doing it half-heartedly - so many comedians are reluctant to perform if there's a small audience, but I will, and have, done my whole show with bells and whistles and costume changes to just one person. So I worked hard at the convertible bond research and I was quite successful as a result. But at the same time I was looking out for something I really wanted to do and over a period of time that became comedy and activism, which I love, it feels like the perfect job for me. It doesn't pay as well but I have absolutely no regrets. ER: You've been very vocal about your atheism. Who can forget the legendary 'Atheist Bitchslap'? Whilst I tend to agree with you on the point you made so candidly on the Big Questions, why can't atheists stop going on about God? KS: Religion destroys millions of lives around the world. Millions of girls are denied an education, married off against their will and forced to spend their lives in effective servitude. Adulteresses are stoned to death, children's genitals mutilated, dissenting voices imprisoned and beaten. It's a big deal. Even in the developed, and supposedly enlightened, world people are made to feel guilty about having sex, being gay, masturbating, having a drink or a bacon sandwich. It's appalling. The basis for many of these things is, of course, cultural, but the obstacle to changing the culture and liberating people is always the same: "It's my religion".
In wake of the Delhi gang-rape scandal, India has been confronted with many stories of its alleged 'rape culture.' But when we looked at Indian pornography, we found that the nation has a surprisingly healthy attitude towards sex. Sex icon Savita bhabi - India's first cartoon porn star - is nothing like her contemporaries in Japanese Hentai. Savita is bold, liberated and in control of the sex she's having (usually behind her oblivious husband's back). Savita bhabi's website, which features sexy comic strips and erotic anime, draws 19.5 million visitors every month. Erotic Review had a chat with Deshmukh, creator of Savita bhabi and fell head over heels for India's most beloved porn star.