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We are the Hotbed Collective.
We are making life better one orgasm at a time with our podcast The Hotbed, and our new book More Orgasms Please: Why Female Pleasure Matters. We also have a decent Instagram account. We are Anniki Sommerville, Lisa Williams and Cherry Healey.

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July 17, 2018

Trying for a baby can really take it out of your sex life. The thing is we're not designed to have sex at a specific time, on a specific date in a specific position. We're programmed to think great sex is spontaneous, but in reality in most long-term relationships this...

April 2, 2018

Phowar he's a bit of alright. 

He's more than alright.

Oooh he's a sort.

I love a man with chubby thighs.

God a man who is just starting to lose his hair.

God that's gross.

No a ginger man. 

Like Prince Harry.


A man who is bossy.

A man who is the singer in a band.

A skin...

January 15, 2018

I wasn’t a particularly early starter, but I always looked older than my age so found that men were hassling me for sex from about thirteen. It didn’t help that I went out to clubs in Soho, and lied about my age, and wore platform shoes and had enormous hair (though I...

January 4, 2018

One of the first crushes I had as a teenager was on a rock singer called Robert Palmer. You may remember him as the guy in a dapper suit singing ‘Addicted to Love,’ with sexily dressed, red-lipsticked, models dancing behind him. It was 1985 and I was 12 years old. I go...

November 23, 2017

(Image of the author aged 15 years old  )

I have always had a weakness for musicians. Who actually doesn't? There is something about a rock musician that makes women go weak. Is it the leather trousers? Swagger? Talent? Or is it the thought that perhaps we'll becom...

October 12, 2017

So I've had a few weird experiences with Instagram. One of them is the fact that men have started messaging me, and sending heart emojis or just HELLO DOLL! in CAPITALS. And these men are a strange lot. Or let's just say that they are not the kind of men I meet on the...

September 25, 2017

(Illustration by the fabulous Katharine Hill - also known as @katharinemaryhill)

So according to a 2016 survey conducted by YouGov and Cosmopolitan magazine, nearly half of women under the age of 35 are removing all of their pubic hair. THAT IS ALL OF THEIR PUBIC HAIR P...

September 19, 2017

('Sexy Dads' Animation by @roundkatepopkatshouse)

When you become a parent your social circle can become thin on the ground. There are a few baby groups here and there (rarely sexy places). And then there are the tea and coffee mornings in the church (again not a spot o...

September 3, 2017

(Fantasy animation provided by the fabulous @roundpopkatshouse)

Dear Kevin,

I am going to be totally honest straight off the bat and say that I didn't really like 'Footloose' when it came out. It was 1984 and I had a bad perm, spots where I'd shaved my eyebrows off  and...

July 31, 2017

So one of the reasons that Cherry, Lisa and I founded 'The Hotbed Collective' was because we felt like women are often made to feel shamefaced when it comes to talking about their sex lives. It all feels a bit cringe. A bit awkward. Sometimes our secrets only get unear...

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About us

We are Anniki and Lisa, and we want to talk about sex. Sex after a 14-hour day of work and parenting. Sex rather than watching five hours of Breaking Bad. Sex after ten years of being in the same bed as each other. Sex when you're single but none of your friends are. We want to talk about sex without even mentioning penis straws. Like actual grown-up sex. Thank you. Please join in. It's not always easy to talk about it but it's much easier to talk about it together. #backinthesack. 

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