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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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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...

December 28, 2017

I have never been someone who thought dating sites would be an option. I never really got down with the maybe-you’ll-meet-your-life-partner-online thing.  Although my friends have told me success stories about people getting married or finding someone decent, I wasn’t...

December 19, 2017

A little while ago, I wrote (another) anonymous blog, wondering whether having surgery would help me to rekindle my sex life. And no, not that, kind of surgery, but intricate surgery to repair parts that had suffered after giving birth to two children within two years....

December 19, 2017

Of course, we shouldn’t argue with kids around.  We should be grateful to have them, and walk around in a fuzzy warm haze, congratulating ourselves on our good fortune, ensuring we wear matching Boden, and post #blessed images on Instagram.  The problem is, nobody has...

December 19, 2017

I remember my husband saying to me, a few heady weeks into our relationship, that he couldn’t imagine getting into bed with me and not touching me, or sitting next to me and not resting a hand on me. We were connected by touch the whole time we were together, either ho...

December 18, 2017

In my early 20s I made the radical decision to take a year of celibacy. My flatmate at the time, who was a year or so older than me and seemed considerably more worldly, told me it would help ‘sort my head out.’

My memory isn’t great but I think it followed a fairly tur...

December 15, 2017

So here at The Hotbed Collective we spend a lot of time focusing on sex after having kids, but what's it like for younger couples without? We spoke to Katharine Hill who is not just a talented illustrator, but is also a cultural expert. We asked her some questions abou...

December 10, 2017

Sometimes we can fantasise about the strangest things. We might think about a best friend's partner or an ex. We may even fantasise about sex with someone we hate in real life.. But should we worry about this, or is this just natural? In the ninth in this series of sex...

November 29, 2017

(Photo source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-375176190

My mama used to say that you have to make love with your mind and, when it comes to men, I have always gone for brains rather than brawn. I can take or leave Tom Hardy or Channing Tatum but give me a brooding C...

November 28, 2017

Women have become the masters of faking it. 

We fake being comfortable in heels. 

We fake being demure when we want to be assertive.

We fake being a princess when we want to climb that tree. 

We fake being full when we actually want three courses. 

And we fake our orgasms. 


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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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