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Frontlines: Why the Eight Amendment affects all women

2017-11-20 14:29:00


If there is one thing that Philomena Canning of Midwives for Choice would like you to know, it's this: the 8th Amendment is not just about abortion.

Sex: Sex Column: Lesbianism is on the march

2017-11-06 17:37:00


As women age we have many great things to look forward to - stretchy pants, cat collecting, and now, it appears, late on-set lesbianism.

Sex: Did Hugh Hefner's Porn Empire Change the World?

2017-10-23 14:47:00


Needless to say there are very divergent views on the effect of the so-called Playboy revolution. But the truth is that, far from being liberated, women's right to express themselves sexually is still oppressed, far and wide, around the world - sometimes brutally. It is our responsibility to change that.

News: Huge Turnout As Lisa Hannigan Sings At March For Choice

2017-09-30 19:24:00


The annual March for Choice took place in Dublin today, and tens of thousands turned out for what will – almost certainly – be the last of these occasions before the referendum to Repeal the 8th. Anne Sexton reports...

News: EXCLUSIVE:Rob Kearney reflects on life, his career, Irish rugby, and politics

2017-09-25 10:27:00


It might seem impossibly glamorous to fans, but being a professional rugby player is a tough, demanding and sometimes lonely life. Rob Kearney talks about his attitude to life – and to work.

Sex: College is all about sex

2017-09-11 12:02:00


Okay, that's not entirely true. But when you reach third level, for the majority of people, a whole new world of sexual possibility opens up. If you want to make the most of it without screwing up, just follow our three rule programme...

Sex: Sex Column: Crossing cultural boundaries with sex

2017-08-28 13:05:00


How often have you strayed from your own close cultural type, in a sexual encounter or in forming a relationship? Or might you be even more turned on by the thought of crossing cultural boundaries in pursuit of the best possible sex? And to what extent are our sexual desires a matter of conditioning that we can – and possibly should – change?

Sex: Sex Column: Is monogamy the only option for couples?

2017-08-14 11:16:00


A fascinating new book suggests it’s at least worth questioning standard sexual mores...

Book Interview: Lisa Harding talks about her depictions of sex-trafficking in her new novel Harvesting

2017-08-10 15:01:00


Lisa Harding’s new novel, Harvesting, is a powerful tale about the current sex-trafficking crisis in Europe.

Sex: Sex Column: I’m Coming, I’m Coming!

2017-07-19 17:51:00


No, we are not talking about that moment when you are late for a dinner appointment and your partner is shouting at you to get a move on. Rather, it is that special occasion when the impact of an orgasm kicks in, so that the inevitable must happen – and does. So how do you think you’d look, if there was a close-up on your face, in a porn movie?

Live: Live Report: RIOT at Vicar St

2017-07-14 16:07:00


RIOT, at Vicar St. is a hugely engaging smorgasbord of artistic delights, with Emmet Kirwan and Panti Bliss to the fore.

Sex: Let's Talk About Sex - Ireland's long, unfinished journey from sexual conservatism to liberalism

2017-06-19 12:52:00


40 years ago, like a European Afghanistan, Ireland was hopelessly conservative in relation to sex and sexuality. However, the local equivalent of the Taliban have gradually been ousted – and this country has become a far more open, liberal, inclusive and tolerant place. That there is no room for complacency goes without saying…

Sex: Sex Column: Playing the Whore

2017-06-06 16:12:00


It's one of the commonest insults in the English language- and it's usually directed at women. The truth, of course, is that there is nothing wrong with earning money for providing sexual services...

Sex: What Sort Of Monster Would Pretend To Use A Condom and Let It Slip Off?

2017-05-24 15:15:00


…Or puncture it? They are out there, you know: men and women who are hell bent on hoodwinking others into unprotected sex. Their aims may be different – but it is rape either way…

Sex: Sex Column: What Happens When A Man Comes?

2017-05-10 15:50:00


Or should that be cums? Well, either way, it is a fascinating question – all the more so given that without it, well you, for one, wouldn’t be here. So get ready to take notes, girls and boys…

Book Review: Book Review: Skintown by Ciaran McMenamin

2017-05-02 17:50:00


Ciarán McMenamin’s debut novel Skintown is a hypnotic, alcohol soaked, adrenaline-fuelled rush of a book

Sex: Sleeping With The Enemy

2017-04-25 15:08:00


Would you put up with a racist or a xenophobe if he – or she – happened to be good in the sack? And how important is it to love that we share the same ideological inclinations?

Sex: In Sex Does One Size Fit All?

2017-04-10 17:47:00


For example, there’s a theory that the way to a woman’s heart is through straightforward kissing, cunnilingus and fingering. Well, what do you think, eh?

Sex: Bright Lights, Big Orgasm - This Fortnight's Sex Column

2017-03-14 15:51:00


For a long time, our correspondent has been seeing things when she has an orgasm. When she investigated what was going on, she was in for a surprise…

Sex: Is Hate The Best Way To Love (And Have Sex?)

2017-02-28 12:09:00


It may seem perverse, but people often bond over how much they dislike something – or someone. In fact, if you play your cards well enough, hating the same things may be the best way of ending up in bed with someone you fancy.

Sex: How Many People Have You F*cked?

2017-02-14 16:51:00


In a nice way, that is! A UK research project found that both men and women are suspicious of sexually successful (some might say promiscuous) people. So, with it being Valentine’s Day, we have to ask: how come they keep getting laid?

News: US Muslims living in Trump's America - An Interview with Twitter Queen Hend Amry

2017-01-26 10:22:00


She is a US citizen. But, if Donald Trump has his way, her name will go into a new kind of black book: the so-called Muslim Register. Hend Amry has been commenting on the shift to right-wing populism in the US and elsewhere via Twitter, under the @libyaliberty handle, earning an impressively large following in the process…

News: Apollo House Occupiers: We Need to Be at The Forefront of the Fight Against Homelessness

2016-12-20 19:35:00


A musician by trade, Quentin Sheridan was homeless – and so he put out a call on Facebook. The occupation of Apollo House by Home Sweet Home is the result. But it is only the start of a battle, in which Ireland can provide the lead

News: “Simon Coveney, come down and talk with us,” says Glen Hansard

2016-12-18 17:02:00


The singer has issued an invitation to the Minister for Housing to visit Apollo House, in Dublin, which has been occupied by campaigners who aim to bring an end to homelessness.

Sex: Sex column: Men should be able to control their fertility

2016-11-16 16:09:00


With the exception of condoms, the responsibility for avoiding pregnancy has generally fallen on women. But men are entitled to control their own fertility too. The question is: how?

Book Interview: Life During Wartime: An Interview with Helena Mulkerns

2016-11-16 10:48:00


Helena Mulkerns’ new short story collection draws on her extraordinary experiences as an aid worker, which brought her to the heart of conflict zones in Eritrea and Afghanistan.

Sex: Sex News: My Night with a Female Hetero Romantic Bisexual

2016-11-10 12:00:00


It might sound complicated – but I was very impressed indeed with Laura when she gave such a wonderfully precise definition of her sexual identity. Which got me thinking: what about all of those other interesting shades of sexual orientation? Well, it turns out that there is a word for most all of them!

Sex: Cannabis Makes Sex Better

2016-10-21 15:01:00


Cannabis lube, that is. And, based on our sex columnist's personal experiments, it heightens sexual pleasure only for women. Sadly, you won’t get it over the counter in Ireland – though that might change in the future. We hope…

Sex: When An Interest In Sex Was Considered A Form of Madness

2016-10-13 10:58:00


In terms of our understanding of the human mind, it is important to remember that we are only ever getting there. Not so long ago, after all, a woman who enjoyed sex was likely to be branded as a nymphomaniac.

Book Interview: In Goth We Trust

2016-09-28 17:00:00


Irish author Conor O’Callaghan’s debut novel, the gothic mystery story Nothing On Earth, is one of the most gripping books of the year.

Sex: Repeal The 8th & The Struggle Of Irish Women

2016-09-20 11:04:00


Since the introduction of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in 1983, women in Ireland have had to live with a shockingly restrictive regime on abortion, which has resulted in numerous deaths and untold trauma. Now, the Irish public is saying: no more…

Sex: Men Are Sex Objects Too - Anne Sexton talks double standards and the female gaze

2016-08-19 12:44:00


The myth that only men treat the opposite sex as objects, is just that - a myth. The sooner women are more honest about their lustful feelings, and the sooner society stops treating sexually open women as sluts the better it will be for all of us.

Book Review: Book Review: Laura Kasischke Minds Of Winter

2016-08-10 13:56:00


Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling poet and author returns with a tense psychological thriller

Book Interview: An Interview With Miranda Sawyer: Neither Out of Touch Nor Out Of Time

2016-07-28 15:02:00


Journalist Miranda Sawyer’s compelling and humorous new book, Out Of Time, explores the challenges of turning forty and maintaining a rock and roll edge.

Book Review: Book Review: Liz Nugent, Lying In Wait

2016-07-28 14:02:00


Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait comes with praise from Sebastian Barry and Marian Keyes, among others.

Interview: Meet UnderCurrent, a Cabaret Like No Other

2016-07-14 14:51:00


UnderCurrent are a group unlike any other in Ireland. A mix of cabaret, musical theatre, burlesque, physical comedy, banter and dance, they are also the only performance troupe in the country composed entirely of LGBTQ members.

Live: Hats Off To The Stone Roses

2016-07-10 16:20:00


The progenitors of Britpop came to Marlay Park in Dublin yesterday – and the crowd lapped it up. Report: Anne Sexton

Book Review: Book Review: Conor O'Callaghan, Nothing on Earth

2016-07-08 16:04:00


Anne Sexton gives her take on Conor O'Callaghan's debut novel.

Interview: The Shoos talk to Anne Sexton about their comeback

2016-06-23 10:08:00


This four-piece cut their teeth busking in Temple Bar, but their journey is just beginning.

Frontlines: Front Lines: Senior Citizens Make Abortion Pill Stand In NI

2016-06-20 12:35:00


With women being given jail sentences for using the abortion pill in Northern Ireland, three activists decided that it was time to act – and made a startling confession to the PSNI.

Sex: Anne Sexton explores modern dating rituals and our First Dates obsession

2016-06-14 14:33:00


First Dates offered a glimpse into the way people behave when they are looking for a romantic liaison - and maybe some sex into the bargain. But how different was the TV version from people's pursuit of a good time - and what does the history of dating tell us about how we view this ritual?

Frontlines: A new beginning

2016-04-14 16:59:00


Teenager David Beattie has written a powerful and insightful account of growing up trans in Ireland.

Sex: Tinder: Is there an orgy of hot sex waiting for you?

2016-04-14 16:15:00


The ‘dating’ app makes great claims in relation to the numbers using it. But are people hooking up and having sex successfully through it? Now, that is a very good question…

Sex: Sexed Up: The Fuckzone is where bullies thrive.

2016-04-06 15:30:00


Make no mistake, casual sex can be brilliant, wonderful, even life-affirming. But in the fuckzone, things are different. Because this is where a woman is just a piece of pussy or a man is no better than a dick or an asshole on legs...

Book Review: Book Review: A Slanting Of The Sun Donal Ryan

2016-04-05 11:32:00


Since the release of his acclaimed first novel, The Spinning Heart, Ryan has established himself as one of Ireland’s most talented writers.

Sex: Sex Column: Sex Equalled Shame

2016-03-08 11:59:00


Eighties Ireland: in a country where divorce was impossible, unmarried mothers were treated like pariahs, gay sex was illegal and condoms could only be bought on prescription, finding the joy in sex was not easy. But the excitement of it was no less real.

Book Review: Glenn Patterson Interview

2016-02-26 10:44:00


Glenn Patterson’s latest novel tells the extraordinary story of John DeLorean’s time in Belfast – a saga of federal agents, undercover sting operations and alleged cocaine trafficking.

Sex: Sex Column: Ask every candidate will they repeal the 8th

2016-02-24 12:39:00


The introduction of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in 1983 was one of the most regressive pieces of manipulative political chicanery in the history of the Irish state. Repealing it is essential to establishing a regime in Ireland, which respects the reproductive rights of women. Let’s end the evasiveness by making it an election issue…

News: Vaping Helps You To Quit The Fags

2016-02-01 16:26:00


Vapes have been proven to be a safe and affordable way to quit smoking. In this special commercial feature, we offer a handy and informative guide to some of the leading vape outlets around the country.

Frontlines: On The Abortion Pill Bus

2015-11-11 09:56:00


It may be highly illegal, but Irish women - including TD Ruth Coppinger - are willing to risk jail by taking the abortion pill all over Ireland. Anne Sexton and Julia Schimkus travelled to Galway with the pro-choice activists...

Film: Queen Of Ireland

2015-11-04 11:03:00


Life is a drag for Miss Panti - but wonderfully so!

Interview: Hanya Yanagihara Interview

2015-10-08 10:43:00


Anne Sexton chats to Hanya Yanagihara, whose second novel A Little Life has been the subject of truly rapturous reviews...

Sex: Who Said Foreplay Was Just For Girls?

2015-09-02 11:38:00


Men have been lectured for a long time about how ladies need a bit of foreplay before getting it on. But that is an axiom that rubs both ways – because men tend to like a long, slow build-up too...

Sex: Sex Column: Who Said Foreplay Was Just For Girls?

2015-08-27 11:17:00


Men have been lectured for a long time about how ladies need a bit of foreplay before getting it on. But that is an axiom that rubs both ways – because men tend to like a long, slow build-up too...

Sex: Sex Column: Why Didn't She Leave Him?

2015-08-17 11:04:00


...Or, in a different situation, you might ask, why didn’t he leave her? Abusive relationships are unfortunately common – and both sexes are victims. But perhaps you have to have lived through one to really understand the cruel dynamics at work...

Book Review: Glenn Patterson - Interview

2015-08-13 11:14:00


Acclaimed author Glenn Patterson continues his exploration of the Northern Irish psyche in his latest book, which cherry-picks his finest non-fiction pieces from the last decade.

Sex: Sex Column: Pick-Up Artists Are Wankers

2015-08-04 11:01:00


The crass outlook of pick-up artists is insulting and fails to recognise each individual's unique attractiveness

Sex: Sex Column: If You've Got Something Unusual Hiding In Your Pants, Let Me Know...

2015-07-29 11:08:00


There are no rules as to how much you reveal to prospective sexual partners. But it is probably true that – most of the time anyway – honesty is the best policy...

Interview: David Norris Interview

2015-07-23 13:44:00


Before the gay marriage ‘Yes’ vote had people dancing in the streets, before civil partnerships, before gay people could publicly identify as such, Senator David Norris was waging a brave and often thankless fight on behalf of minorities in Ireland. In his first major interview since the referendum he recounts his long struggle with prejudice in Ireland...

Interview: Interview with Tender Author Belinda McKeon

2015-07-16 13:34:00


With her second novel Tender dealing with homosexuality, emotional abuse and mental illness, Belinda McKeon reflects on the repressive, oppressive culture of mid '90s Ireland and the perverse pleasure she takes in pushing readers' buttons.

Sex: Sex Column: Sex On The Beach

2015-07-14 11:14:00


It may be the name of a cocktail, but it is also a reasonably popular pastime. So is public sex a good idea? And how are you best to go about it?

Book Review: Grey - EL James

2015-07-13 15:04:00


Sex: Sex Column: Why Sex Is Evil...

2015-06-05 11:19:00


Every now and then, they come out of the woodwork: people who believe that thinking, talking and writing about sex in a positive way is a sin and should be punished. It is a bit scary when someone like this tracks down your email address just to tell you...

Frontlines: Joy Unconfined - Marriage Equalitiy

2015-06-04 16:27:00


As the results came in, crowds gathered in Dublin Castle to hear them. It became on of he biggest and best parties Ireland has ever seen...

Book Review: Anne Enright - The Green Road

2015-06-03 11:59:00


The novel is about an Irish family and all their problems in life from 1980 on and written in episodic style.

Sex: Sex Column: The Right To Love In Broad Daylight

2015-05-25 10:16:00


It is vital to gay couples that the upcoming referendum on same sex marriage should be passed. But an even bigger prize is the feeling that we are living in an open, inclusive society that a resounding victory would inspire. So, make sure to get out and vote ‘Yes’...

Sex: Sex Column: Why I'd Like To Be A Man

2015-05-25 10:08:00


When it comes to sex, men have it far easier and far better than women. In fact, there are ten good reasons why a sex change might just be the best option...

Sex: Sex Column: We Need More Sex, Not Less

2015-05-22 17:45:00


A lot of concern has been expressed in conventional media about ‘hook-up’ culture. Curiously, however, the impact of social media and online mate-seeking sites seems to be that people are having less sex rather than more. Something will have to be done about it, is all we can say...

Sex: Sex Column: You Lick Mine And I'll Suck Yours!

2015-05-22 17:40:00


It is an invitation that most people would find extremely difficult to turn down. But there are those who prefer giving head one at a time to the classic 69. Which side of the great oral sex debate are you on?

Sex: Sex Column: 9 Things I Learned About Sex

2015-05-22 17:09:00


When Hot Press ran a competition for a columnist to write about sex, the competition was pretty hot. In the end, we chose a certain feisty, red-headed female, who wrote with wit, verve and style – and whose name just happened to have the word ‘sex’ in it. Clearly it was a role that she had been destined to, um, perform...

Sex: Sex Column: Women Enjoy Porn

2015-05-22 16:58:00


And there’s nothing wrong with that! Indeed, while sexual conservatives try to claim otherwise, the reality is that men and women are really very similar in their appetites for sex, porn and all the rest...

Sex: Sex Column: Give And You Shall Receive Sex...

2015-05-22 16:51:00


That was the implied message in Teleflora’s 2012 Valentine’s Day ad, which featured the model Adriana Lima. Is that really what romance is all about?

Sex: Sex Column: 2015 Will Be The Year Of BDSM

2015-05-22 16:40:00


That’s bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism to you and me. Oh, and there will also be copious face- sitting; lots of gay sex – some of it within marriage hopefully; and vibrators that know what you like. Bring it on!

Frontlines: Inside Ireland's BDSM Scene

2015-04-14 16:16:00


During the Graham Dwyer murder trial, members of the Irish BDSM scene were sometimes depicted in unflattering terms. So what is BDSM all about?

Frontlines: Hot Press examines the Housing Crisis

2015-02-16 16:30:00


Cowboy landlords, substandard living conditions and ever increasing costs are just some of the problems facing people in rented accommodation, and many of those in difficulty are afraid to speak up.

Sex: Sex Column: Sex Is In The Air

2014-12-04 10:34:00


But not always in a good way! Because someone out there apparently thinks that sex toys specially designed and packaged for Christmas are, like, a good idea! Starting with the Barack Obama dildo…

Sex: Sex Column: I Rather Like My Friend's Husband, So...

2014-11-19 10:37:00


It’s a tough one. The man you want just happens to be hooked up — with your best friend. If you really want him, there’s only one way to go about it. But should you dare?...

Reports: Seek And Ye Shall Find - Get Working Special

2014-11-06 10:42:00


As Ireland emerges from a period of economic turbulence, there are now a myriad of ways to get a foothold in the jobs market.

Sex: WHY IS NOBODY INTERESTED IN SHAGGING ME?

2014-11-05 11:01:00


That’s a question that more or less everyone has had to ask themselves at some time in their lives. Because, modern mating methods notwithstanding, getting regular sex is still a minefield for a lot of people to negotiate…

Sex: Sex Column: Warnings About Rape Are All Very Well, But…

2014-10-22 11:08:00


It doesn’t make sense to start blaming social media for what is a horrible crime. Because the truth is that women are entitled to go about their lives free of the fear of rape…

Reports: Mental Health Special - Mind, Body, Spirit

2014-10-13 11:35:00


It may be a cliché but there is a lot of truth to the notion of “a healthy body, healthy mind.” As Bressie notes in his emotional fitness tips, the food you eat affects your mood, and physical activity promotes the creation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good.

Reports: Front Lines: Volunteer Force

2014-10-09 11:25:00


Time spent overseas volunteering shouldn’t be treated as a holiday and is only worthwhile if you are prepared to put in some hard graft...

Sex: Sex Column: Sex is good for you

2014-10-08 11:20:00


That, as they say, is a bold statement. But new research has indicated that the association that has often been made between casual sex and lower self-esteem is really a product of prevailing religious-based orthodoxies. Having sex will not cure depression. But as an aspect of a holistic approach to our well-being, it can play a vital role…

Book Review: Blackboard Jungle - Tana French Interview

2014-09-29 11:31:00


She has chronicled the seamy side of Dublin in her novels. Now crime writer Tana French turns her attention to the privileged elite of south Dublin

Sex: Sex Column: Should I Make A Sex Tape?

2014-09-25 12:26:00


Everyone else seems to be! However, the recent celebrity Hackergate scandal throws up a multitude of intriguing questions about the wisdom of recording DIY porn...

Sex: LET’S TEACH ABOUT SEX

2014-09-11 14:44:00


We all know how enjoyable a bit of role-playing is – especially when it comes to sexual matters. So get down on your knees: our resident sexpert Anne Sexton is about to give you a lecture…

Sex: So who is best at sex, then?

2014-08-28 13:46:00


Is it the Yanks with their enthusiasm; the Aussies with their frankness; or the Germans with their, umm, precision? And how do Irish men compare with their international peers? Anne Sexton road-tested males of eight different nationalities (not in the last fortnight, you understand) and is delighted to offer her educated view on the subject...

Sex: AFTER I LOST MY VIRGINITY, THE SECOND PERSON I TOLD WAS MY MOTHER… - Sex Column

2014-08-14 10:29:00


It makes a huge difference to your sexual development – and ultimately to your sexual happiness – if you can talk about things openly with your mother...

Sex: COCK RINGS CAN BE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

2014-08-01 11:04:00


They have a long and distinguished history, and nowadays come in all shapes, sizes and colours – but the basic latex cock ring beats the rest hands down, where making sex better for women and men alike is concerned.

Interview: Pet Sounds

2014-07-18 16:18:00


We chatted to a few of Ireland’s best and brightest about the many ways in which their pets have enriched their lives.

Sex: Sex Column: You Want Sex? Just Say Yes

2014-07-17 11:07:00


A debate is currently raging about the idea of ‘Enthusiastic Consent’. That’s when you say ‘yes, please’ to having sex with someone else. But should that be required under the law? It is, as they say, an interesting one...

Live: Live review: Panti in Vicar Street

2014-06-16 17:39:00


The beloved drag queen deals with the serious business of "Panti-gate" and more in hilarious fashion in new show High Heels in Low Places

Interview: Darragh McKeon Interview: The Final Meltdown

2014-06-11 14:17:00


For his debut novel, Offaly writer Darragh McKeon explores the fallout literal and otherwise of the Chernobyl disaster.

Sex: Why did I shag that guy – I mean girl?

2014-06-11 12:17:00


Whoever you had sex with, and whatever he or she looked like, there is someone out there in academia who wants to try and explain it. But the fact is that sex is – thankfully! – far more complicated than your average bit of social research allows. The question that really matters is: how can we all have better sex?

Sex: Drugs and sex

2014-04-25 11:42:00


There are those who might say that it is an unholy combination. But from the pill through LSD to Viagra, chemical agents have made a huge difference to our ability to enjoy ourselves sexually...

Sex: He's having sex with another woman!

2014-04-10 12:13:00


And you know it. So should you tell the wife or girlfriend who is being cheated on? Or would you let a bloke know if his wife was having it off with someone else? It's an interesting conundrum indeed...

Sex: To shy, shy...

2014-03-27 15:53:00


Social awkwardness can be endearing in moderate quantities but, come on guys, let's not overbake the pudding here...

Sex: Are you a vagina-having, sex-loving, men-fancying single person?

2014-03-18 13:06:00


If so, then read on. For what follows is a primer in how to escape the clutches of the very scary and decidedly horrible breed known as MRA pick-up artists

Sex: Sex Column: Let's have the big debate

2014-02-27 16:12:00


It's only February - and already a series of controversies on sex and sexuality have erupted. It is you might say, a sign of the times...

Sex: Sex: Gifts keep on giving

2014-02-18 10:38:00


Is giving a gift on Valentine’s Day the ultimate expression of love or just a way of getting into someone else's underwear? A good question: now read on, for a happy ending...

Sex: 2014: Sex is about to get even hotter

2014-02-05 13:27:00


While the basics remain constant, the sexual climate is likely to get even better over the coming 12 months. But with apps emerging to measure every aspect of performance, there may be a few downsides too...

Interview: Hot Press Interview with Anne Enright

2013-12-18 11:31:00


A winner of the Booker Prize for 2007’s The Gathering, Anne Enright is one of the most acclaimed contemporary Irish authors. During a recent Q&A at the Write Touch competition, run by HOT PRESS in association with ALCATEL ONETOUCH she discussed the creative process, the pressures faced by female writers – and the subject matter of her next novel.

Sex: I won't have Sex on Camera

2013-12-16 15:40:00


There are some things which even a well-known sex columnist won’t do (perhaps Paris Hilton shouldn’t have either). One of the most important sex lessons we all have to learn is to respect other people’s limits…

Interview: Hot Press Interview with Donal Ryan

2013-12-16 12:54:00


Though his debut novel suffered multiple rejections, Donal Ryan has nonetheless received widespread critical praise – not to mention several awards – for his books The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December

Sex: Woman are guilty of Sexual Harrassment too

2013-12-02 11:47:00


The cliché is that men are responsible for 95% of sexual harassment and rape cases. But the truth is very different...

Reports: Hot Press Health Special: A Little Fit of What You Fancy

2013-11-20 11:20:00


Being healthy, fit and trim is not only good for your bodily well-being – it will also make you a more attractive person. Let Hot Press be your guide to toning up and shedding pounds in time for Christmas.

Sex: So what do Women really not want?

2013-11-18 11:27:00


Well, the last thing they want – and this may go for blokes too – is to feel that they are being hounded into a ‘relationship’ on the basis of a single encounter. Never forget that there really is an art to seduction...

Interview: The Milf and the Fury - Interview with Anakana Schofield

2013-11-18 11:04:00


She’s as quirky in person as on the page, with firmly held – and loudly expressed – thoughts about the sexuality of middle-aged women. Little wonder Irish-Canadian author Anakana Schofield is drawing curious glances from the moment she strolls into a quiet Dublin hotel

Interview: Suburban Homesick Blues

2013-11-04 11:52:00


Poet turned novelist Justin Quinn explains how his middle-class Dublin upbringing informed his best-selling new book

Sex: Does A Bigger Dick Make For Better Sex?

2013-11-04 11:46:00


It is an interesting question. The problem is that not everyone is agrees on the answer! So let’s get it out in the open…

Sex: Fun, Flirty, Fit And Attractive Blonde Up For No Holds Barred Casual Sex

2013-10-21 12:11:00


The world of classified ads is a curious one. If you are advertising your wares, is it best to big yourself up – or to play down your (fabulous) attractions? Well, there is one way of finding out…

Travel: Galway: The College View

2013-10-11 10:57:00


onathan Byrne, Events Manager at NUI Galway’s College Bar, gives us the lowdown on the hip happenings across the city...

Travel: Julie Feeney's Guide To Galway

2013-10-11 10:49:00


Born and raised in Galway, the award-winning and uber-talented Julie Feeney is the perfect candidate to give us a whistle-stop tour around the City of Tribes. An artist as innovative and artful as the city that she calls home, Feeney salutes Galway as a place of inspiration and constant intrigue as she runs the rule over the best places to eat, drink, be merry, shop for clothes, take in beautiful music and escape for quiet reflection during your trip to the beautiful west.

Travel: Hot Press' Guide to Galway

2013-10-10 10:40:00


Ireland’s cultural heart and party capital has something for everyone. Anne Sexton heads to Galway and reports on the sights, sounds and can’t-miss highlights

Sex: I Am A Fan Of Masturbation

2013-10-07 10:47:00


But the question of when, where and using what paraphernalia is an open one. Well, not too open, hopefully…

Frontlines: Student Survival Guide Part 2: Tackling The Problem Of Suicide

2013-09-20 00:00:00


Anne Sexton talks to Paul Chaney of punk band Control Freak, who are attempting to highlight the ongoing issue of suicide in Ireland

Frontlines: Student Survival Guide Part 2: Mental Health

2013-09-20 00:00:00


Anne Sexton looks at the options available to third level students experiencing mental health difficulties

Interview: Science Friction

2013-09-18 00:00:00


She’s that rarest of literary creatures: a respected author who dabbles in science fiction. Margaret Atwood discusses her latest dystopian tour de force and explains why – boo, hiss! – she won’t be writing about dinosaurs and spaceships any time soon.

Sex: Sex Column : So You like A Big Ass After All!

2013-09-18 00:00:00


Well, join the club! There are more gorgeous arses than ever before on public display. And what’s more, being bootylicious is now increasingly regarded as the sexual ideal. So where do I fit into all of this?

Sex: Wildlife: Every Man Is A Potential Rapist

2013-09-06 00:00:00


That is what women are taught to believe. Which might just explain behaviour that can seem stand-offish and suspicious. But we all need to go beyond the stereotypes to have any hope of addressing a noxious culture in which women are routinely blamed in the wrong, when they are attacked.

Sex: Learning About Sex: Student Special 2013

2013-09-06 00:00:00


College is a place of higher learning. And we don’t mean just aiming for a first. Because it is also a place for sexual experimentation, finding out who you are and what you like – and generally pursuing an education in the joys of sexual freedom…

Interview: Hot Press meets Lottie Moggach

2013-08-22 00:00:00


She’s the daughter of famous UK writer Deborah Moggach. But Lottie Moggach still found it a struggle to publish her first book, a chilling tale of hidden identity in the internet age...

Frontlines: "I Felt I Had No Other Way..."

2013-07-26 00:00:00


Property tax hunger striker Tony Rochford drew national interest. Having ended his protest after 25 days, he talks about what drove him to such action...

Sex: We Started The Session With Foot, Leg & Thigh Worship

2013-07-25 00:00:00


Some women like to be dominated. Some men do too. This is one man’s account of his erotic adventures with a dominatrix...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Thomas Keneally

2013-07-11 00:00:00


The bleak reality of life in the WW1 trenches for nurses who helped the wounded and dying is laid bare in the latest novel from Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally. He talks literary fame, delving into the past and the burden of having a mega bestseller...

Reports: The Perils of Online Dating

2013-07-11 00:00:00


Always game to try something new, our columnist signed up to OKCupid. Apart from being told that she’s ‘hot’ – which of course we all know already! –she learned a lot in a very short space of time…

Frontlines: Hot Press Meets Panti

2013-07-10 00:00:00


Marginalised for decades, today gay culture is increasingly mainstream in Ireland, with drag queen Panti now bound for the Abbey. Panti alter-ego Rory O’Neill discusses the controversy surrounding this year’s Dublin Pride event and his fears about ‘the creeping new Gay conservatism’...

Sex: Women Want Sex Shock

2013-06-27 00:00:00


For decades, conventional wisdom has been that women are more interested in emotional relationships than sex. According to a new book, that ain’t so. In fact they may just want sex more than lots of men…

Frontlines: A Step in the Right Direction

2013-06-26 00:00:00


Pro-choice activists believe that the government’s controversial new abortion bill is an important milestone in a very long journey...

Reports: Cork: The City Never Sleeps

2013-06-13 00:00:00


Visit Cork for a weekend, and in all likelihood you’ll never want to leave. With a dazzling variety of music, arts, shopping, dining and clubbing, why would you ever want to be anywhere else?...

Interview: Book Interview: Better Off Red

2013-06-05 00:00:00


One minute Paul Lynch was an unemployed film critic, the next an up-and-coming author at the centre of a publisher bidding war. As his remarkable debut Red Sky In Morning hits the shelves he talks about the strange hand fate has dealt.

Book Review: Better Off Red

2013-05-30 00:00:00


One minute Paul Lynch was an unemployed film critic, the next an up-and-coming author at the centre of a publisher bidding war. As his remarkable debut Red Sky In Morning hits the shelves he talks about the strange hand fate has dealt.

Sex: In Praise Of Pussy Power

2013-05-30 00:00:00


An academic conference with a difference gave an insight into a hundred different ways a woman can both derive, and share, pleasure from her vagina…

Live: ASIWYFA, live at Whelan's

2013-05-17 00:00:00


Both literally and figuratively, they deserve a bigger stage...

Sex: It Is Time To Recognise Women’s Right To Choose

2013-05-16 00:00:00


Legislating for the X Case is just the start. Women are entitled to control their own fertility and we need to finally accept that here in Ireland...

Sex: Sexed Up: On The Subject of Sucking Nipples

2013-05-02 00:00:00


Does it make a difference if the woman is also breastfeeding? And is it okay to find this a turn-on if she is?

Sex: Sexed up: YOU DON’T LIKE THREESOMES?

2013-04-18 00:00:00


No problem. No one is forcing you to join in! But pretending that sex is not meant to be fun is a load of old nonsense…

Sex: What Do You Do When the Taxi Man Looks for Sex?

2013-04-04 00:00:00


On Saturday night as the taxi pulled up beside my house, the driver suggested I invite him in...

Frontlines: The Abortion Debate Heats Up

2013-04-03 00:00:00


A Northern Ireland campaign by ordinary women aims to highlight the absurdity of the anti-abortion laws which currently hold sway on both sides of the border...

Live: Girls Aloud, live at The O2

2013-03-28 00:00:00


It seemed obvious from the get-go that the Ten album and tour was their swansong, As they draw towards the close of the set, the girls get a little emotional, but they finish with ‘The Promise’ exiting the stage, and into pop history, with a suitably upbeat and catchy bang...

Sex: Is There Anything Wrong With Paying For Sex?

2013-03-21 00:00:00


There are rumblings of a new bill in Ireland outlawing the purchase of sex. But is that the right way to approach the issue of prostitution, since the likely effect is to make things more dangerous for sex workers?

Interview: There May Be Troubles Ahead

2013-03-21 00:00:00


A successful novelist, Adrian McKinty had to think long and hard about setting his latest novel in the conflict-riddled Northern Ireland of his youth. He explains how he came to the fateful decision and how his love of ‘80s indie rock shapes his writing...

Sex: Are Women In Their 20's having bad sex?

2013-03-11 00:00:00


One view is that women have become less empowered about sex and more inclined to satisfy their man. Not around here, buddy!

Reports: Why Speaking Irish Is Good For You

2013-03-01 00:00:00


With this year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge upon us, television presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn explains how conversing in the national language can benefit you in ways you never imagined!

Sex: Is the thought of a bloke giving a blowjob too much for you to take?

2013-03-01 00:00:00


An incident in a Spar shop in Dublin has sparked a flurry of comments about homosexuality. Unfortunately, the debate has become an excuse for rampant homophobia…

Sex: I'm Not In Love

2013-02-07 00:00:00


But, as the song says, I am open to persuasion. So with Valentine’s Day on the way, can we unravel the true meaning of the ultimate four-letter word?

Sam Snort: Being Nice Does Not Rule You Out Of Hot Sex

2013-01-24 00:00:00


But it is no guarantee either that a blowjob is coming your way – and soon. So what then are the rules of engagement?

Interview: Home is where the heart is

2012-12-19 00:00:00


Her writing may broach subjects as dark as murder and child sex abuse but, in reality, AM Homes possesses a much more positive outlook.

Interview: French Connection

2012-12-11 00:00:00


As Kate Mosse’s highly successful fantasy trilogy comes to a close with Citadel, the author talks about making it in midlife, how Carcassone inspired her and why we should not be afraid to celebrate women.

Frontlines: Cyberbullying is a real threat to society

2012-12-03 00:00:00


And teenagers are especially vulnerable to it, as a series of recent suicides confirm. So what can be done to combat the menace? words Anne Sexton photos Graham Keogh

Sex: Kissing: How sexy is that?

2012-11-27 00:00:00


It is where romantic love usually starts. But there is a lot more to kissing than meets the lips…

Live: Tenacious D, live at the O2

2012-11-02 00:00:00


An entirely serviceable hunk o’ soft rock...

Frontlines: TACKLING HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

2012-10-25 00:00:00


It is a major cause for concern that half of all LBGT people have considered suicide. And the biggest cause is bullying...

Sex: Puppy Love

2012-10-25 00:00:00


Sex in front of your pet? Well it’s certainly a unique take on ‘doggy-style’. But is it what either you or the significant animal in your life really need?

Sex: Vaginas Are Cool!

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Between Naomi Wolf’s new ‘biography’, pharmaceutical products to change the colour and the fact that euphemisms are imposed on programmes like Grey’s Anatomy there is a lot of obscurantist nonsense in the air about so-called ‘lady-bits’.

Interview: Har-har From Heaven

2012-10-05 00:00:00


What if God decided to destroy mankind so that he could open a fusion restaurant instead? In his funny and profound new novel, 20-something literary wunderkind Simon Rich imagines just such a scenario.

Live: RÓisÍn Ó

2012-10-05 00:00:00


Whelan’s, Dublin

Reports: Artists Unite To Demand Gay Marriage

2012-10-02 00:00:00


Some of Ireland’s leading musicians are joining forces to campaign for the introduction of same sex marriage in Ireland. At stake, they say, is a fundamental human right.

Interview: Laughing All The Way To The Wank

2012-10-02 00:00:00


A comedy novel about eroticism? That’s what Booker winner Howard Jacobson attempts with his latest opus. Just don’t tell him it reminds you of 50 Shades of Grey. He’s likely to turn 50 shades of red

Sex: There Are Some Parts Of Our Sex Lives That Are Hard To Talk About

2012-10-02 00:00:00


He was much older and highly manipulative. Sex was on his mind. And he wanted it from me…

Album: Norah Jones

2012-09-21 00:00:00


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

Reports: College Stress: How To Cope With It

2012-09-13 00:00:00


College is often described as the best time of your life, but many students suffer anxiety and depression. However with a little care, you can safeguard your mental well being

Interview: In Search Of Self

2012-09-11 00:00:00


Not at all the misanthrope you might have expected, Will Self reflects on the Booker Prize, Nick Cave, the London Olympics, the incarceration of Pussy Riot and various issues of the day.

Interview: Awol On The Wild Side

2012-08-31 00:00:00


He had it all but conspired to throw it away. Now Aaron Bruno is at last enjoying sustained success with his new band Awolnation.

Sex: Sex In Ireland 2012: A Hot Press Special

2012-08-28 00:00:00


It isn’t just the popularity of 50 Shades Of Grey. In 2012, young Irish people are far more comfortable about themselves, their sexuality – and their sex toys – than ever before.

Sex: I Like A Bit Of Bondage

2012-08-27 00:00:00


With EL James’ 50 Shades Of Grey selling by the truckload, it’s clear that there’s a big appetite out there for BDSM, and that women are indeed partial to it. Just don’t try giving me orders, says Anne Sexton.

Sex: The Links Between Hair And Sex

2012-07-05 00:00:00


They may occasionally be obscure – but hair can be a vital part of what attracts us to members of the opposite sex. So what way do you swing?

Live: Peace One Day Concert

2012-07-03 00:00:00


I don’t know if any of it had a scintilla to do with peace, but the happy, friendly, dancing crowd thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Reports: Trash Of The Titans

2012-06-29 00:00:00


Excruciating corporate instuction videos are among the many delights that can be sampled at the imminent Trashfest, a celebration of all things too bad to be true.

Live: Westlife, Live At Croke Park

2012-06-29 00:00:00


Say what you like about Westlife, but there is no denying their power to move a crowd.

Interview: Bronte Beat

2012-06-27 00:00:00


Her music deals in old fashioned romance in the swooning style of classical literature. But in person Shaefri is anything but a weeping violet, as Anne Sexton discovers.

Sex: You’re Even Hotter Than Your Sister

2012-06-21 00:00:00


Who just happens to be my wife. But, hey, don’t let that put you off! Anne Sexton reflects on what happens when people keep it in the family – to too great an extent!

Sex: Stop, Stop, I’m Coming!

2012-06-07 00:00:00


A cry of release is exactly what most lovers want to hear. But can you always believe your ears?

Sex: Are one night stands the answer?

2012-05-29 00:00:00


We all want good sex. And the frisson of newness can add something special to the mix. So, does that make one night stands the ticket to sexual bliss?

Frontlines: Tackling the silence around suicide

2012-05-29 00:00:00


Limerick Live 95 FM DJ Alan Jacques is open about the fact that he has suffered from depression. A new CD of Irish artists compiled by him aims to highlight the major issue of suicide in Irish society.

Sex: Sex, lies and stereotypes

2012-05-24 00:00:00


Most of us think about sex a lot. But is there a difference between the way men and women feel about the search for sexual pleasure? To look at magazines you’d certainly think so…

Frontlines: Where whiskey is a passion

2012-05-24 00:00:00


The Irish Whiskey Society meets in Brooks Hotel – which happens to house one of the greatest whiskey bars in the world.

Sex: For sex, do you choose brains or beauty?

2012-05-17 00:00:00


How much do appearances matter? Is the one who makes you immediately horny the one you’re likely to chase? Or is there a different dynamic at play among women and men?

Reports: Inking in the name of

2012-05-16 00:00:00


Now in its ninth year, the Dublin Tattoo Convention attracts tattoo artists from across the world. This year, 120 exhibitors from Europe, America and Asia took part.

Interview: The 'Dam Nation Game

2012-04-12 00:00:00


A former Northern Ireland school teacher David Park isn’t an obvious candidate for lifting the lid on life in 21st century Amsterdam, but that’s exactly what he has achieved with his latest novel.

Sex: Is It For My Breasts That You Love me?

2012-04-12 00:00:00


Or is it my legs? Or my arse? And if it’s any of these, well, as a woman, should I have a problem with that?

Frontlines: Taking Theatre Back From The Elite

2012-03-30 00:00:00


Ireland likes to think of itself as a theatre power-house. So why are we so rubbish at putting on musicals? Phillip McMahon has set out to remedy this with his Alice In Funderland extravaganza.

Interview: Grind And Punishment

2012-03-29 00:00:00


For his latest literary tour-de-force Northern novelist Glenn Patterson travels back to 19th century Belfast and explores the forces that shaped the city as it is today.

Sex: Sex, Consent And Disability

2012-03-21 00:00:00


Those who have disabilities are among the most discriminated against when it comes to sex. Why is that?

Interview: This Isn't The Sort Of Things That Happens To Someone Like You

2012-03-01 00:00:00


Having languished for decades, the short story is making a comeback with authors such as Jon McGregor leading the charge. He explains how he convinced his publisher to let him return to his first love.

Sex: Why did I have an erotic dream in which I was a man?

2012-03-01 00:00:00


And seducing a gorgeous blonde, no less. It is a good question, to which there are a number of fascinating answers…

Live: Cathy Davey

2012-02-27 00:00:00


Sex: The Joy Of Chocolate Sex

2012-02-16 00:00:00


Chocolate and sex go together. But how many people have actually tried Chocolate Sex, where the delicious stuff becomes an integral part of the experience?

Live: Red Bull Bedroom Jam

2012-02-09 00:00:00


UCD Student Bar, Dublin

Interview: Chilling In The Name Of

2012-02-02 00:00:00


Having wowed crime fans with his previous novels, Adrian McKinty is on a roll. Set in the dark days of 1981 when the north was a cold house for gays, immigrants and outsiders of every hue and the hunger strikes raged, his latest opus The Cold, Cold Ground is sure to confirm his status as one of Ireland’s grittiest storytellers.

Sex: The Age Of Cyborg Sex Has Dawned – Let's Welcome It

2012-02-02 00:00:00


Some people think of sex as ‘natural’. But new-fangled technological wonders – from the We-Vibe through 3D porn to webcams – are turning that notion on its head.

Live: Red Bull Bedroom Jam, live at UCD Student Bar

2012-01-27 00:00:00


The Kanyu Tree prove to be the big student draw.

Interview: Growing Pains

2012-01-19 00:00:00


A wrenching account of a damaged childhood, Jon Bauer’s debut has the literati in a swoon. He explains why sometimes it’s okay to repulse the reader.

Sex: Any Chance Of A Sympathy Shag?

2012-01-19 00:00:00


People need sex for different reasons. So is there really anything wrong with having it off with someone just to make them feel better?

Sex: The Phwoar & The Glory

2012-01-06 00:00:00


There are the Oscars, the Grammys, the Brits and a whole slew of award ceremonies every year celebrating the achievements of the great and good. But no gong show comes close to outshining the glamour of the Annual Hot Press Sex Awards. On no! We have substance, style and a whole range of exciting, exhilarating awards. Not to mention cheap wine and mini sausages – nothing but the best for you, my lovely readers!

Frontlines: Jo’burg Uncovered

2011-12-09 00:00:00


It’s one of the world’s most exciting and dangerous cities. Now a local filmmaker aims to construct an accurate portrayal of the misunderstood metropolis of Johannesburg.

Sex: A Feast Of Food – And Sex

2011-12-08 00:00:00


Christmas can put relationships under a different kind of strain. Sometimes the best thing to do is lie back and enjoy its pleasures – and let the new year take care of the future…

Interview: Neil And Be Thankful

2011-12-06 00:00:00


Funnyman Neil Delamere holds forth on the ongoing economic shitstorm, comedy groupies and his family’s dodgy history as sword-wielding marauders with interesting moustaches.

Interview: Words Apart

2011-11-24 00:00:00


Why do some celebs survive scandal when others end up in ruin? It’s all down to branding and soundbites explains journalist Sam Leith in his provocative new book on rhetoric in the celebrity and political realm.

Sex: I Sing The Body Electric

2011-11-24 00:00:00


The human body is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, people are being taught to feel that there is some improvement programme they should be embarked on. So do you still feel you’re sexy?

Sex: Porn Is Here To Stay

2011-11-11 00:00:00


You can debate its pleasures and its perils to your heart’s content, but no one knows the social effect of porn. So you’re going to have to decide what you like all by yourself…

Frontlines: Oscar Bravo

2011-11-08 00:00:00


Updating Oscar Wilde for the web 2.0 generation and showcasing some tasty up and coming bands – a new RTE young person’s show is breaking all the rules and having fun along the way.

Sex: Would you let Someone Watch?

2011-10-28 00:00:00


Voyeurism is a common sexual fantasy. Why, it’s even a sexual preference for some. But conventionally it’s regarded in a rather dim light. So which sexual conventions are you comfortable with – if any?

Live: Glen Hansard

2011-10-21 00:00:00


Ringleader of festivities, Glen Hansard, is in his usual fine form, joking and telling stories.

Interview: Inhuman Traffic

2011-10-14 00:00:00


In a chilling example of art imitating life, Stuart Neville’s noir account of human trafficking in the north is published just as police there have uncovered shocking evidence of a sex slave ring. He discusses the marrow curdling case of serendipity and explains why his new heroine is the very opposite of the girl with the dragon tattoo.

Sex: That Guy You Slept With Last Night – Is He Really Who You Think He Is?

2011-10-14 00:00:00


Sexual deception comes in many different guises. Some may be criminal. So is there anything wrong with pretending to be someone else – if it works?

Reports: Mental Health - Why There's No Need To Suffer Alone

2011-10-11 00:00:00


You know someone with mental health issues. Maybe you aren’t aware of it but chances are that one of your close friends or a family member has suffered, perhaps in silence. That’s because discussing mental health problems is still taboo in Ireland.

Interview: The Berry Best

2011-10-07 00:00:00


It is hard to explain the gut-wrenching embarrassment aspiring writers feel when they hand their precious work over to somebody to read – it is a combination of fear and (self) loathing, to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson. Sam Barry, the creative writing winner of the Bulmers Berry ‘Who’s Hiding In The Undergrowth?’ competition, knows this feeling all too well.

Frontlines: Whiskey In The Jar

2011-10-07 00:00:00


Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan is a museum, which recently welcomed its one millionth visitor. But it is also a working distillery and home of the award winning Kilbeggan Whiskey.

Interview: Always Look On The Dark Side Of Life

2011-10-04 00:00:00


The staggering emotional intensity of laura marling’s work belies her 21 years, as amply demonstrated on her new album a creature i don’t know.

Sex: Why Does Hollywood Ignore The Pleasures Of Casual Sex?

2011-10-03 00:00:00


Casual sex between friends is a common facet of modern mores. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the majority of contemporary US movies and TV shows. So why are the days of Sex And the City numbered?

Sex: The joys of solo sex

2011-09-14 00:00:00


Masturbation is not popular – well, officially – with Christians. Indeed, a new website, Dirty Girl Ministries, has been launched to encourage girls to give it up! But why? As someone who has been “doing it for years”, Anne Sexton argues that it is a healthy, safe and pleasurable pursuit…

Frontlines: Give us some truth

2011-09-13 00:00:00


Ten years on from the World Trade Center attack, the suspicion is mounting that US intelligence knows something they’re determined to keep from the public...

Interview: The heel of the hunt

2011-08-30 00:00:00


She is part of a rising crop of Irish crime writers. But when it came to her latest chilling opus Arlene Hunt was surprised to discover that the country was just too crowded to serve as a backdrop.

Sex: How would you react if someone felt you up?

2011-08-30 00:00:00


Jeremy Irons offered the opinion that feeling someone’s arse was just being friendly. Might he have a point – or not?

Sex: So much expert sex advise is nonsense

2011-08-25 00:00:00


There are lots of things we can learn from good books – and columns! – about sex. But there is a lot of bullshit out there too…

Frontlines: We need to talk about GFM

2011-08-25 00:00:00


The practice of Female Genital Mutilation is a major issue amongst certain immigrant communities in Ireland. However, activists like Ifrah Ahmed are hopeful that new legislation before the Dáil – which will make it illegal to remove a child from the State for the purposes of FGM – will put an end to the practice.

Live: Morrissey

2011-08-24 00:00:00


Vicar Street, Dublin

Sex: What if all he wants is sex?

2011-08-23 00:00:00


Taking a holiday with an old lover seemed like a good idea – until she realised that was a sexual Catch 22. So which really would be worse: to find out that he’s super-horny for you, or to discover that he no longer appreciates your charms?

Interview: People are strange

2011-08-22 00:00:00


The Line of Beauty author Alan Hollinghurst returns with a sweeping examination of sexual politics through the 20th century. He discusses the gestation of The Stranger’s Child and the pressures of following a Booker win.

Interview: Byrne Notice

2011-08-22 00:00:00


She found fame on X Factor and has gone on to sing for international royalty and share a stage with Neil Diamond. Ahead of her upcoming Aviva Stadium gig Mary Byrne talks about the burden of fame, the ex she never sees and coming to terms with stage fright words.

Sex: What if all he wants is sex?

2011-08-10 00:00:00


Which is worse: to find out that he’s super-horny for you, or to discover that he no longer appreciates your charms?

Interview: Little Boy Blue

2011-08-09 00:00:00


Based on a vicious real-life murder, Eoin McNamee’s latest crime thriller exposes the seedy underbelly of Northern Ireland.

Sex: Have We Lost The Art Of Seduction?

2011-07-26 00:00:00


There was a time when men put a bit of thought and effort into getting a woman to slip into something sexier. Has the language of texts and emails forever coarsened what was once a noble (well, sort of!) art?

Album: Rachel's Apartment

2011-07-15 00:00:00


Dublin indie band arrive in style on second album.

Interview: For whom the swell tolls

2011-06-24 00:00:00


Do surfers really pee in their wetsuits? If anyone knows it will be Mickey Smith, surfer, musician, filmmaker, photographer and now judge of the relentless energy photography competition happening at this year's Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival in Bundoran this June.

Interview: Let's talk about sex

2011-06-23 00:00:00


Author and sex therapist Pamela Stephenson-Connolly talks about her new book, Sex Life: How Our Sexual Experiences Define Who We Are.

Sex: Some enchanted evening

2011-06-23 00:00:00


You will see a stranger across a crowded room. Sometimes the sexual spark ignites immediately. Other times, it takes longer before it erupts into a weekend-long, private orgy…

Frontlines: A food awakening

2011-06-10 00:00:00


Celebrity photographer Rankin journeyed to Kenya recently to chronicle the plight of hundreds of thousands of people who are starving as a result of climate change. Anne Sexton reports on the work being done by Oxfam to put food back on their plates.

Interview: Go your Eoin way

2011-06-09 00:00:00


Author of new black comedy, Plugged, Eoin Colfer talks about making the transition from writing for children to adults, and recalls receiving some very unusual fanmail...

Sex: He asked me could he ejaculate on my face

2011-06-09 00:00:00


For one woman the answer was “no”. For others it is often “Yes please!”So what is it that drives different thresholds in relation to sex?

Report: Rebel Rebel

2011-06-07 00:00:00


Inhabitants of Cork are convinced their county is the centre of the universe and by far the greatest place anyone could hope to come from. And you know what? They might just be right...

Interview: The Power Of Positive Thinking

2011-06-02 00:00:00


Ask Jamie Heaslip how we are going to do in the World Cup in the Autumn and he responds: “We’ll win it.” But he says a lot more too, in what is his most personal and in-depth interview ever...

Sex: So, looking at sex really turns women on

2011-06-01 00:00:00


Or does it? Some people argue that men are more likely to be stimulated by porn or voyeurism. But it’s time to let the scientists have their say on the matter…

Travel: 12 Step Planet: South Africa

2011-05-19 00:00:00


Having cast off the shackles of its inglorious past, Africa’s southernmost nation is now a must-see for tourists, as one of the most spectacularly beautiful and fascinating travel destinations on Earth...

Sex: Have I turned into a cougar?

2011-05-11 00:00:00


Horny teens have suddenly started to take a sexual interest in our correspondent. So what do you do when someone who looks like a kid starts coming on to you?

Frontlines: A gruesome twosome

2011-05-10 00:00:00


The most unlikely blind date since Mork and Mindy, Damo and Ivor are currently squatting atop the charts with their dipso, erm, classic ‘Everybody’s Drinkin’.

Sex: Ireland's Chilling Ambivalence Towards Sexual Violence

2011-04-28 00:00:00


The ‘rape tape’ on which gardaí threaten to rape a protestor reflects a deeper problem in Irish attitudes to sex and sexuality.

Frontlines: Knowledge Is Power

2011-04-15 00:00:00


A series of free lectures in Temple Bar should supply the answers to pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about anything...

Sex: Who Decided Monogamy Was A Good Idea, Then?

2011-04-14 00:00:00


There are numerous different theories regarding the evolution of human sexuality and the pressure to remain monogamous. But has anyone found a way of eliminating sexual jealousy?

Interview: Mad Dogs, Rock Chicks And Smut Peddlers

2011-03-31 00:00:00


In the course of a colourful career as Ireland’s most brass-necked interviewer, Olaf Tyaransen has crossed swords with some of the most intriguing characters in Christendom. Here, he discusses the highs and lows with Anne Sexton

Sex: Don't Hit Me Unless I Ask You To

2011-03-31 00:00:00


Consenting sex frequently involves a touch of S&M. Nothing wrong with that. But it is completely different if someone starts to inflict pushes, bangs and thumps which aren’t part of an agreed sex agenda.

Frontlines: Jewel And The Gang

2011-03-30 00:00:00


It’s the little play which has achieved a global impact. Ahead of a new run, Little Gem star Neili Conroy explains why this deeply moving tale of familial strife has struck a chord across the world.

Report: Lights, Cameras, Rock Action

2011-03-25 00:00:00


On March 31, Relentless Energy Drink are releasing a short film about Frank Turner as part of their filmmaking competition, Short Stories. Young up-and-coming filmmakers are challenged to bring to life the idea of No Half Measures, and over the year eight films from different disciplines will be released online.

Interview: Teenager Of The year

2011-03-16 00:00:00


In her debut novel, Anna Carey delves inside the mind of a teenage girl. She talks about channelling her own adolescence into fiction and recalls her busking adventures on Grafton Street.

Sex: This Is A Gay Bar, So Why Is That Man Hitting On Me?

2011-03-16 00:00:00


Gay bars aren’t what they used to be. In fact they may have become a new arena for cruising – of a heterosexual variety.

Frontlines: Happy Nuala Year

2011-03-15 00:00:00


Forget Suede and Pulp, the reunion on everyone’s lips is that of The Nualas, who are back with new member Maria Tecce. But will they be doing Glasto?

Sex: He Wants Me...He Wants Me Not...He Wants...

2011-03-03 00:00:00


It’s a hardy perennial in the dating game. You’re getting mixed signals from a potential lover. Is he coming on to you? And if so, what’s the next move? And who’s going to make it?

Reports: Teanga In The Night

2011-02-25 00:00:00


This year’s Seachtain na Gaeilge ambassadors speak about their love for the language – and explain why you don’t have to be fluent to love Irish.

Frontlines: Dark Gael Blowing

2011-02-21 00:00:00


A HBO-style Irish language domestic drama? That’s what TG4 has set out to achieve with its gritty new series, Corp + Anam.

Sex: What Do You Do When Everyone Else Is In Love?

2011-02-16 00:00:00


Being a single girl can be a lot of fun. But when you look around and discover that almost everyone you know seems to be in a relationship, it gets a little bit harder to, ummm, enjoy life to the full…

Sex: Wow! You Give Really Good Head...

2011-02-03 00:00:00


Now there’s a nice compliment you might say. So why do Irish people so often seem disinclined to accept plaudits like that at face value…

Sex: Abstinence Is Best? Guess Who Did The Survey!

2011-01-20 00:00:00


A ‘new’ survey, which found that those who waited until they got married to have sex were ‘happier’ was widely reported recently. But a look at who carried out the survey suggests that it is nothing more than propaganda.

Sex: The Twelve Lays Of Christmas

2010-12-09 00:00:00


‘Tis the season for ‘er... a bit of horizontal jogging, apparently. So bin the mince-pies, stuff the novelty Santa hat in the drawer and put your roasted chestnuts back where you found them – it’s time for the Hot Press Xmas Sex Guide!

Sex: Marriage: It's Just A Way of Insisting You Don't Have Sex With Anyone Else

2010-11-29 00:00:00


Fidelity is one thing if it is a gift freely given. But insisting that you control your partner’s sexuality is – not to put too fine a point on it – unethical

Live: Bell X1 at Vicar Street

2010-11-22 00:00:00


Stripped back to their bare bones for this acoustic show at Vicar St., Bell X1’s songs wear their raw emotional quality with pride.

Sex: To Wax Or Not To Wax?

2010-11-15 00:00:00


That is the question! Waxing is painful. But is the pay-off sufficient to justify the effort? Do men prefer a Brazilian, a French, an American – or a full bush, au naturel?

Sex: Sometimes It's Hard To Be A Man

2010-11-03 00:00:00


Poor things! They’re expected to be horny all the time! They can’t have homosexual fantasies! And definitely they must not be submissive. Or at least that’s what the surveys say

Sex: I Never Thought I'd Have Sex With This Man

2010-11-02 00:00:00


But when she was forced to face the reality of her own mortality, things changed for our sex columnist. Sex and death are, she says, inextricably linked.

Sex: Sex For Pleasure - And The Question Of Consent

2010-11-01 00:00:00


In sex education, there is a heavy emphasis on the issue of consent. But to what extent does that presume that it is always the man who asks and the woman who agrees (or not as the case may be)?

Sex: Sexed Up-Are You Buying Or Selling?

2010-10-13 00:00:00


I’d like to believe in the happy hooker, but then I’d also like to believe that there is a monster in Loch Ness. Both are much discussed, but proof of the existence of either remains elusive. You have to ask why

Sex: Sexed Up-Are You Buying Or Selling?

2010-10-13 00:00:00


I’d like to believe in the happy hooker, but then I’d also like to believe that there is a monster in Loch Ness. Both are much discussed, but proof of the existence of either remains elusive. You have to ask why

Report: Back to the Future

2010-09-10 00:00:00


In the years ahead, the government is set to invest billions in education to kick-start Ireland’s “smart economy”. With this in mind, many people are now returning to third-level education to avail of the retraining opportunities on offer.

Interview: Keeping It Surreal

2010-09-09 00:00:00


Evoking the surrealism of Flann O’Brien and the social heft of John McGahern PAUL MURRAY’s Skippy Dies has been hailed an instant classic and bagged a Booker Prize long list nomination. The author looks ahead to his spoken-word appearance at Electric Picnic.

Sex: It's All In The Head

2010-09-06 00:00:00


Well, not all. But conversation is a great way of turning members of the opposite sex on. Especially if it is of the stimulating, intellectually challenging variety. Which may explain why college is a great place for hot sex…

Interview: Chamber of Horrors

2010-08-23 00:00:00


In her literary take on the horrific case of Josef Fritzl, Emma Donoghue tries to imagine what a life of solitary confinement would look like from the perspective of a five year old child

Sex: If I marry him will he cheat on me?

2010-08-19 00:00:00


Or will you, dear lady, cheat on him? It is a perennial concern for any couple as they contemplate the potential pitfalls of tying the knot. In fact the path is littered with so many broken marital promises that it seems like a crazy step to take. And yet for some it retains its romantic allure…

Interview: Chamber of Horrors

2010-08-19 00:00:00


In her literary take on the horrific case of Josef Fritzl, Emma Donoghue tries to imagine what a life of solitary confinement would look like from the perspective of a five year old child

Sex: What makes men sexy

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Too often, men get the butt end of the stick. Well, it is time to come clean. The ‘other’ gender is not just useful to have about the place, but also interesting, stimulating, attractive and sometimes, very hot indeed.

Sex: Do you really want to give up sex?

2010-07-14 00:00:00


A series of sexual encounters have failed to delver anything of more lasting substance. So what do you do? Well, when someone suggests a period of celibacy one frustrated girl feels that it might just be worth a try. So what does she end up thinking about – all the time?

Live: Scissor Sisters

2010-07-02 00:00:00


Welcome back guys – we need your blend of infectious, disco funk more than ever!

Interview: Jeez, Louise!

2010-06-30 00:00:00


A murder mystery with no body, no crime and no killer? And at least two pervy relationships? Writer LOUISE WELSH explains what motivated her to write a whodunnit with a difference.

Frontlines: Getting under the skin of modern drug culture

2010-06-30 00:00:00


In the last issue of Hot Press, we wrote about the growing levels of heroin use in Ireland. If you’re looking for an insight into the effects of heroin abuse, Jon McGregor’s new novel Even The Dogs is required reading

Sex: Here I am caught in the grip of lust

2010-06-28 00:00:00


Often it just happens that way. What was an abstract kind of appreciation suddenly becomes a different thing entirely – and after a first kiss and the intimacies that follow, you lie awake fantasising furiously about a friend that you really, really, really want to fuck – again.

Sex: What to do when a married man comes on to you?

2010-06-15 00:00:00


Well, it depends. Is it just for tonight? What is his relationship with his wife like? Is someone going to get hurt if you do cross the line? Maybe it’s down to the individuals involved…

Sex: So who's a right slut then

2010-06-14 00:00:00


Some women get off with lots more men, and have sex with them, than the national average. Why? Because they enjoy it. Does that make them sluts?

Comedy: O Briain About The Gills

2010-06-02 00:00:00


Ahead of his hugely snticipated Live at the Marquee appearance Dara O Briain is considering how best to infiltrate Snoop Dogg’s hot tub...

Interview: Turning Japanese

2010-06-01 00:00:00


Now living in Cork, British experimental fiction writer David Mitchell talks about his fascination with the Far East and outlines the huge amount of legwork that went into the book

Sex: Do I Need To Make My Breasts Bigger?

2010-05-18 00:00:00


It’s a question that a lot of women have started to ask themselves. But the real question surely is: what’s behind the trend towards body alteration? And what should you do if a lover suggests plastic surgery?

Comedy: The Filth & The Fury

2010-05-05 00:00:00


Comedy duo Topping & Butch hit town to promote their show Filth, which takes place during this year’s Absolut Gay Theatre Festival.

Sex: The Way Young Lovers Do

2010-04-29 00:00:00


Have sex, that is. When maybe they shouldn’t. Except that it feels right. No strings attached.

Sex: Sex On The Net

2010-04-15 00:00:00


Technology has provided us with a whole new arena for getting off with one another. So is there really a difference between having online sexual dalliances and doing it for real?

Sex: Could It Be That Sex Got In The Way?

2010-04-01 00:00:00


I told people that we were just friends. But we had sex here, there and everywhere. Was that bad for our friendship – or good?

Comedy: No Tim Like The Present

2010-03-31 00:00:00


Tim Key has won one of most of the prestigious awards in comedy and has a slew of high profile admirers. But is he funny ‘ha ha’ or funny ‘peculiar’? Sometimes he’s not sure himself.

Live: Dave Matthew's Band, Live at The O2

2010-03-26 00:00:00


DMB may be a little AOR, but they do what they do with sublime skill.

Live: 50 Cent Live at the O2

2010-03-26 00:00:00


Fiddy is going through the motions and it shows

Travel: 12 Step Planet: Johannesburg

2010-03-25 00:00:00


A multicultural, diverse, on the move city - the best place to really experience post-apartheid South Africa.

Sex: The Truth about Bad Women

2010-03-19 00:00:00


If men are a weird bunch, well, there is a school of thought that says that women are even weirder. Here, we profile the Kind Of Women Not To Have Sex With. Well, is a single night of what you thought might be bliss really worth a lifetime of agony?

Sex: The Intercourse of History

2010-03-05 00:00:00


From viagra to internet-enabled pornography, the past decade has had a dramatic effect on all our sex lives. Anne Sexton thinks about sex (doesn't she always?) in the noughties.

Interview: No Ordinary Joe

2010-03-04 00:00:00


Joseph O’Connor announced his arrival on the international literary scene with his hugely acclaimed novel, Star Of the Sea. And with the third installment in his historical trilogy on the way, the best is yet to come.

Interview: There's No Business like Snow Business

2010-03-04 00:00:00


After a meteoric rise to inter-galactic mega-stardom, Snow Patrol still have further universes to conquer.

Interview: A Winter's Tale

2010-03-04 00:00:00


He predicted the fall of the Celtic Tiger but Alan Glynn insists he’s simply a crime writer – and not a prophet of our times.

Sex: How Not to be Bad at Sex.

2010-03-04 00:00:00


That might seem like a simple task. But when our correspondent does a bit of digging, she discovers that there’s a lot of people out there who have had close encounters of the distinctly off-putting variety. So what is it that makes for bad sex?

Sex: The Strange Rituals Of St Valentine’s Day

2010-02-19 00:00:00


We may find it amusing, even engaging – but looked at from the outside, what happens on Valentine’s Day all over the Western world at least, is very strange indeed. As this special interplanetary report confirms…

Live: Talib Kweli Live at Tripod

2010-02-12 00:00:00


He’s having a good time. We’re having a good time. Job done.

Live: The Field Live at Tripod

2010-02-11 00:00:00


Swedish techno wizard Axel Wilner, aka The Field, for €20. What’s more, it’s a live show and they’ve thrown in some visuals as well.

Sex: The Rules of Attraction

2010-02-11 00:00:00


It is someone you know. You get a warm glow and want to kiss them. Your head is telling you that it’s just the affection you’re feeling. But is there another wave underneath, waiting to be unleashed, that might just get out of control?

Sex: Some Like it Rough

2010-01-21 00:00:00


His name was Johnny. Triona had pulled him, but I was trying to discourage her.

Live: Depeche Mode Live at the O2, Dublin

2010-01-15 00:00:00


As we leave the O2 satisfied but wanting more, and you can’t help but feel that that’s just the way Depeche Mode like it.

Sex: Sex Awards 2009

2009-12-11 00:00:00


Hard times are upon us. But amid all the doom and gloom, there is at least one kernel of happiness to warm our hearts and beds – wonderful, glorious, magnificent, delicious sex! Or not, as the case may be. Here’s our round-up of the strange, startling and downright bizarre sex trends and stories of the year. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Hot Press Sex Awards 2009.

Live: Depeche Mode Live at the O2

2009-12-11 00:00:00


DM put many a band to shame with the energy and enthusiasm they bring to performing live.

Interview: State of the Nation Adress

2009-11-27 00:00:00


Historian SIMON SCHAMA turns his headlights on present day America in his book The American Future: A History.

Sex: Having Many Lovers is Wonderful

2009-11-27 00:00:00


For sex, that is. But what about loving them? Or falling in love with more than one at a time? That’s where Polyamory can get tricky. But maybe it’s worth the effort – and the risk.

Sex: Should we act on our hidden desires?

2009-11-17 00:00:00


It happens even to the best of us – we find suddenly that we have become attracted to someone who exists in the realm of the forbidden, the unattainable. Is this the real love that dare not speak its name? And might we be better to declare our love, no matter what the potential cost?

Interview: Jon The Revelator

2009-11-10 00:00:00


Jon Ronson’s engrossing tome The Men Who Stare At Goats has now been turned into a movie.

Sex: You mean you don't want to have sex with me?

2009-10-30 00:00:00


Women aren’t used to rejection – and so they often react badly if a bloke chooses not to do the horizontal mambo with them. In fact they have been known to react violently!

Reports: It May Be Quiet Around Here

2009-10-27 00:00:00


Those were the final, prophetic words from STEPHEN GATELY on Twitter, as he planned to finish his children’s fantasy novel, The Tree of Seasons. Tragically, death was to intervene, bringing a sad and premature end to the career of a man who was much loved, warm and wonderfully likeable.

Sex: Together Again

2009-10-19 00:00:00


Separated by years and an ocean, an old lover might have seemed like a far away place. But when she arranged to meet him back where they had shared passionate sex, and a lot more besides, they both knew that they were opening up a sea of possibility.

Sex: WILL YOU BE MY FANTASY LOVER?

2009-10-01 00:00:00


It’s a question that is asked in most relationships at one time or another. But what should you do when you get the feeling that the fantasy is more important than the reality – that you are just a surrogate for what someone else really wants?

Interview: Lady of Sorrows

2009-09-18 00:00:00


Literary sensation Siri Hustvedt talks about her convention defying new novel and the influence of her father’s death on her writing.

Sex: WHO’S PAYING FOR SEX, THEN?

2009-09-18 00:00:00


We’re not talking about prostitution here, just the prohibitive cost of contraception. The fact is that gratis contraception would probably save the State a lot of money in the long run – so let’s hear it for free sex…

Sex: sexed up

2009-09-04 00:00:00


Learning How To Say 'No' College isn’t all about books – there are some fun and games involved too. But there are other life lessons that we have to learn as well. Best for all concerned if it isn’t the hard way...

Interview: Take a Faulks on the wide side

2009-09-04 00:00:00


Having resurrected James Bond in print, Sebastian Faulks has moved onto perhaps his most ambitious project yet – a multi-layered exploration of what it means to be modern.

Frontlines: For Ryan Out Loud

2009-09-03 00:00:00


There’s more to Electric Picnic than rock and roll. One of the non-musical highlights this year will be a political gabfest, hosted by none other than RTÉ presenter of the moment Ryan Tubridy...

Interview: The Unkindest Cut

2009-08-24 00:00:00


Former war correspondent Ed O'Loughlin talks about tackling such epic subjects as Irish male identity and the pernicious influence of egotistical journalists on third world reporting.

Sex: Erotica On The Net

2009-08-24 00:00:00


There is, you might say, far too much of it – and a lot of it is not very erotic at all. Here, Anne Sexton offers her top ten porn or erotic sites.

Sex: It Beats Twittering Any Day!

2009-08-07 00:00:00


Flirting, that is. But only if you’re good at it. So what is it that makes a great flirt? Our self-confessed expert finds out, with bit of little help from Sex Guru, Tracey Cox.

Interview: No Ordinary Joe

2009-08-04 00:00:00


Legendarily acerbic film critic Joe Queenan has penned a hard-hitting memoir which takes a dim view of the much romanticised Sixties.

Interview: Divine rapture

2009-07-10 00:00:00


He became a cult bestseller with The Shadow Of The Wind. Now Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón is back with a prequel, The Angel’s Game. He talks about the influence of Dickens on his work and his debt to the ’70s school of American cinema.

Sex: Sexed up: So you want to get my knickers down?

2009-07-10 00:00:00


Well, here’s what not to do! We proudly present The Sexed Up Guide to the Mistakes Too Many Men Make When They Are Trying To Get A Woman Into Bed.

Interview: True Believers

2009-06-25 00:00:00


Fresh from the blockbuster success of her last novel Zoe Heller has taken a radically different approach as she explores the American intelligentsia’s short-lived crush on Communism.

Sex: Sexed Up: "Man-whore" overboard

2009-06-25 00:00:00


Some men are used to having sex served up to them on a plate – so when they finally encounter a woman resistant to their 'charms', the results aren’t always pleasant to behold.

Live: Dan Deacon live at Andrew's Lane Theatre

2009-06-19 00:00:00


The highlight of the evening comes when he asks the crowd to form a human tunnel. As more and more people join in, the tunnel sneaks out the door and around the corner

Live: Beyonce live at The O2

2009-06-11 00:00:00


Even Superwoman can’t execute some of those dance moves or make 360 degree turns on a suspended swing and be expected to hit the right note

Comedy: The Lynch mob cometh

2009-06-09 00:00:00


She’s known for her blunt – some might say crude – caricatures. So just how are Katherine Lynch’s cast of comedy characters surviving the recession?

Interview: Bet behind the ears

2009-06-09 00:00:00


The seedy, destructive side of gambling is the subject of Declan Lynch’s new book. He talks about his nine month immersion in the world of spread bets and games of chance – and the sobering lessons he learned

Sex: Ode to a former lover

2009-06-04 00:00:00


“My desire was stronger and more insistent than my guilt. I was no longer able to resist you.” Thus a relationship started that would scale the erotic heights. So what went wrong in the end?

Sex: Sex and Love: Where's the Connection

2009-05-15 00:00:00


Men, it turns out are right. You can have great sex without falling in love. Because, it seems, that’s the way we are programmed. So is the romantic ideal of love all its cracked up to be?

Reports: To Russia with Love

2009-05-12 00:00:00


From the glory days of the ‘80s to the ‘nul points’ indignation of recent years, Ireland’s Eurovision stock has taken a worrying slide. Can this year’s Moscow-bound representatives, SINÉAD MULVANEY and LESLEY-ANN, restore our standing as kings of Euro-cheese? n

Sex: I think my body is telling me something

2009-04-24 00:00:00


She had been with him for months now and sex had always been good. So what could it mean when an orgasm eluded her? Was this, perhaps, the end of the affair?

Interview: State Expectations

2009-04-24 00:00:00


It’s been a while since we’ve heard from quirky popsters Alphastates but that’s not because they’ve had a massive falling out. Rather, their lead singer lost her voice and then they suffered a sudden lack of confidence. But now they’re back, with perhaps their finest record yet.

Interview: Murder most foul

2009-04-03 00:00:00


A true-life tale of a once-famous Victorian murder investigation paints a fascinating picture of a society undergoing profound changes – and has eerie parallels with today’s fears about the rise of a surveillance culture, explains author Kate Summerscale.

Sex: Is one lover ever enough?

2009-03-24 00:00:00


All around us there is pressure to conform, even in love. As we grow up and fall in and out of relationships, the pressure mounts to make a definitive, final choice: to select a partner and commit to a monogamous future. Some people, however, insist on keeping open their options for fresh adventures, new encounters and a multiplicity of lovers…

Sex: We've slept together a number of times

2009-02-27 00:00:00


An old friend. A warm place. A moment of rare intimacy. Lust takes its own wonderful shape. Having slept together before, what difference would one more trip through the wild undergrowth make?

Interview: True Grit

2009-02-25 00:00:00


She made her reputation as a poet but Gil Adamson’s debut novel is no work of high-flying lyricism. Instead, it’s a gritty morality fable set in the Canadian wild frontier. She talks about making the transition from poetry to bloody reality.

Sex: Take It Nice And Slow Now

2009-02-25 00:00:00


Quickies are good! But in general we are in too much of a hurry, even when it comes to sex. Well, it’s time for a change – and that means learning to slow down, live in the moment and really enjoy getting all those sweet and sexy things done to you.

Reports: At home with: Eleanor Tiernan

2009-01-29 00:00:00


Comedienne Eleanor Tiernan invites Anne Sexton into her Georgian home, and talks to her about childhood holidays in Kerry, her love of JP Donleavy, and writing a play – well, kind of – about Damien Rice and Damien Dempsey.

Interview: Light in the western sky

2009-01-29 00:00:00


Folk legend and son of Woody, ARLO GUTHRIE is feeling a conspiracy of hope take shape as the inauguration approaches and he gears up for his Irish tour.

Sex: God bless America and all who fornicate in her

2009-01-27 00:00:00


America may be a conservative place in many respects – but in fact we owe our modern sense of sexual freedom to great American pioneers, from Alfred Kinsey to Annie Sprinkle…

Interview: Great things come to those who wait

2009-01-23 00:00:00


After a chequered and colourful past, Seasick Steve has finally made it to the top - in his sixties.

Sex: ‘Tis The Season To Be Careful

2008-12-09 00:00:00


No, we’re not talking about swearing off sex, or even avoiding what others might think of as indiscretions at the office Christmas party. But safe sex - now that is a good idea!

Sex: Is Chocolate Better Than Sex?

2008-11-24 00:00:00


The answer may be a resounding 'no.' But the two together- now that's the perfect recipe for a sweet night in.

Reports: You Can't Pull the Wool Over the Little Lambs' Eyes

2008-11-18 00:00:00


Under-age sexuality and drinking are reaching crisis point, according to former teacher turned novelist Anita Shreve, whose morally complex Testimony presents a riddle of ambiguities.

Interview: It Could Happen to a Bishop

2008-11-18 00:00:00


Ever feel like chucking your job and doing something completely different? John Bishop did. The result is Stick Your Job Up Your Arse, the comic's journey from the corporate to the comedic world.

Sex: Don't say you love me

2008-11-07 00:00:00


Sweet talk may be a vital part of any highly charged sexual encounter - but what happens when your partner drops a clanger?

Album: Hurricane

2008-11-07 00:00:00


80s clubland legend Grace Jones returns with Hurricane, a patchy but fascinating comeback record.

Interview: Don't Kill the Funnyman

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Dara O'Briain has made it through hundreds of comedy gigs, only to come close to expiration in Dublin, choking on a grain of rice in the company of our interviewer.

Sex: Toys for Boys

2008-11-04 00:00:00


When it comes to vibrators, women shouldn't have it all their own way. Although, when push comes to shove, Pandora has to go back in its box...

Interview: What Dreams May Come

2008-10-30 00:00:00


She was toiling in obscurity until she caught the ear of British TV host Jools Holland. Now Dublin rockabilly siren Imelda May is on the fast-track to the big time.

Frontlines: I Don't Wanna Know Your Name

2008-10-23 00:00:00


As many as 12% of Irish people are happy to have sex without even getting to know their prospective partner's name first. That's just one of the fascinating statistics to emerge in a Durex Sex Survey, commissioned to mark National Condom Week.

Interview: The Wry's the Limit

2008-10-23 00:00:00


His witty real-life relationship tales have made him the foremost humourist of the age but David Sedaris is darned if he truly knows what makes his readers laugh.

Sex: The Clothes Maketh The Man (And The Woman)

2008-10-22 00:00:00


But only in the bedroom. There, a little bit of sexual stereotyping – from the hard man with the hard hat to the naughty schoolgirl – isn’t a bad thing at all.

Live: Cois Fharraige With Sony Ericsson

2008-09-22 00:00:00


Take one seaside town and a handful of bands which haven’t already played Ireland’s increasingly crowded festival circuit and voila! – you’ve got Cois Fharraige With Sony Ericsson.

Interview: Dig, Lazarus, Dig

2008-09-18 00:00:00


Bosnian ex-pat Aleksander Hemon has found modern resonances in the century-old tale of the murder of Jewish immigrant Lazarus Avenbach by the then Chicago chief of police.

Sex: How Do You Feel About One Night Stands?

2008-09-18 00:00:00


There’s a rumour out there – in fact there’s a survey! – which suggests that some boys don’t like being used for casual sex. Can this be true?

Interview: Believe the hype

2008-09-08 00:00:00


They’ve been heralded as the biggest thing in Irish rock since U2 – a prediction that proved prescient when The Script romped to the top of the charts with their debut album.

Sex: The sex lives of students

2008-09-08 00:00:00


With so much time on their hands, students are well placed to have a very rewarding sex life. But is that the way it generally pans out?

Live: Lovebox at Marlay Park: Revenge of the N.E.R.D.

2008-09-03 00:00:00


Perhaps it was Marlay Park fatigue or the hotchpotch line-up but Lovebox was far from full. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – no queue for the booze or the loos!

Interview: Desert Storm

2008-08-28 00:00:00


From the depths of the Sahara, Afro-beat dervishes Tinariwen sing about war, politics and religious strife – in a way you've never heard before.

Interview: Window of Fear

2008-08-26 00:00:00


As a victim of identity theft, crime author JEFFREY DEAVER felt well-placed to write a novel about the subject.

Sex: Take me as I am

2008-08-26 00:00:00


There's been an upsurge in the number of women searching for the perfect vagina. It is one of the growth areas of the cosmetic surgery industry. But surely we’re better to love our bodies as they are?

Sex: Age Of Indifference

2008-08-11 00:00:00


Just because older women have a bit of experience under their belts doesn’t mean they have a license to start fondling twenty-something blokes when they're on the town.

Reports: Girls, Girls, Girls

2008-08-06 00:00:00


579 gorgeous young ladies battled for their place in what Louis Walsh hopes will be a world-conquering girl band.

Live: Rogues' Gallery

2008-08-01 00:00:00


Rogues’ Gallery – traditional sea songs, pirate ballads and chanteys, interpreted and performed by an eclectic mix of artists – is part high art, part punk aesthetic.

Sex: Your sexual choices are your own

2008-07-24 00:00:00


It is one of the big dilemmas: one partner wants to try something different. So how do you respond?

Sex: Time to put him to the test

2008-07-11 00:00:00


It may not be sexy, but if you want reassurance about your partner’s sexual history there is only one way to get it. But you have to be willing to go the whole hog yourself too.

Interview: Relationships ahoy

2008-07-11 00:00:00


In her bestselling short-story collection, Bengali-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri asks probing questions about family life in the modern world.

Frontlines: Naked city

2008-07-16 00:00:00


When US artist Spencer Tunick requested Irish volunteers for one of his large-scale naked photo installations, people turned up in their droves.

Sex: You Want Good Sex? You Need A Real Man

2008-06-26 00:00:00


There was a time when our sex columnist might have enjoyed a flirtation with gender crossover. But not anymore. So why does she find the so-called ‘metrosexual’ less than a complete turn-on?

Sex: Can a woman have sex like a man?

2008-06-12 00:00:00


Do men want sex without ‘feeling’? Are women genetically programmed to want sex to ‘mean’ something? Or, to put it another way, is there really any difference between the genders when it comes to the issue of casual sex?

Sex: Flirting with disaster

2008-05-29 00:00:00


When it comes to flirting, Irishmen are rank amateurs – as our correspondent discovered on a foray into the murky but, as it turned out, quite enjoyable world of speed dating

Sex: The night I really screwed... up

2008-05-16 00:00:00


Picture the scene. A man, a woman, an empty house. This promising situation notwithstanding, I managed to mess it up.

Sex: Sex O' Clock News

2008-05-02 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus, the fortnightly sex tip...

Sex: A Cautionary Tale

2008-05-02 00:00:00


A recent survey of Irish attitudes to sex found that there’s still an alarming level of ignorance out there, as Anne Sexton discovers

Frontlines: The sleuth will out

2008-04-16 00:00:00


In his latest novel, Derry crime-writer Brian McGilloway explores criminal activity in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland.

Sex: In search of a new man

2008-03-31 00:00:00


When a long-term relationship ends, our sex columnist finds that her friends all want to rally around to uncover a brand new mate for her. Sometimes, however, their approach is somewhat less than subtle.

Sex: The long and the short of it

2008-03-20 00:00:00


Our email addresses are deluged daily with offers of Penis Enlargement and discount Viagra. But does size really matter?

Sex: Guilt Edged

2008-03-06 00:00:00


Young people continue to be raised to believe sex and marriage go hand in hand. So why do we have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe?

Sex: The beautiful game

2008-02-21 00:00:00


Some people imagine that phrase refers to football, but come on! There's really no better way to spend 90 minutes than enjoying a good sex romp.

Sex: Sex is best when you know what's happening

2008-02-11 00:00:00


Having tried sex with a host of different drugs, Anne Sexton has come to the conclusion that the best sex is had when you’re in full possession of your faculties.

Sex: Blowing hot and cold

2008-01-30 00:00:00


At first the cold weather may put a bit of a dampener on your sex life – but not for long, once you use your imagination.

Sex: Christmas is not a time for families...

2007-12-12 00:00:00


Not if you want to have sex and lots of it, that is! In fact, the best thing to do at Christmas is to use all that free time to have a good time.

Sex: A girl's best friend

2007-11-26 00:00:00


Have women become needlessly addicted to their private pleasure-enhancers? And are women less sensitive to their own sensuality as a result?

Sex: Feel the power

2007-11-12 00:00:00


While equality in the affairs of the world is essential, it is sometimes better to hand power over to your partner in the bedroom. That way lies bliss…

Fashion: Red Letter Daisy

2007-10-30 00:00:00


As the daughter of two rock stars (well, one and a half to be precise) DJ Daisy Lowe knows all about cutting a fashionable dash.

Sex: The things we do for lust

2007-10-24 00:00:00


Love – and base lust – can drive people to quite extreme behaviour. Such as risking their necks in order to retrieve a balloon for a kid whose mother they fancy.

Sex: Wham, Bam – Thanks, Man

2007-10-10 00:00:00


Most men have been forced to wonder what is going on in the mind of a lover. With the Hot Press Guide To The Female Mind, all your questions will be answered.

Sex: Anyone For The Last Of The Aphrodisiacs?

2007-09-26 00:00:00


Natural aphrodisiacs can help to spice up your sex life – or so the manufacturers claim. But do they work? We thought there was only one way to find out.

Sex: The Exes Sex File

2007-09-19 00:00:00


Did you have it off with them? How often? There are people who get jealous at the mere thought that their partner has had sex with someone else...

Frontlines: Leave your hang-ups at home

2007-09-06 00:00:00


Nimhneach is a first for Dublin – a place where people who are into the fetish scene can play out their fantasies for real.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-09-04 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Whatever turns you on, turn it on!

2007-09-04 00:00:00


Do you remember the music that was playing when you got your first kiss? And what was the soundtrack the first time you had sex? Often it’s not the overtly sexy songs that have the deepest sexual resonance…

Sex: My lover is no good in bed

2007-08-14 00:00:00


Some people have a finely tuned instinct for what to do between the sheets. Others struggle to get beyond first base. So what do you do if you meet the partner of your dreams only to discover they don’t have the first inkling of how to satisfy you?

Sex: The Sex o'clock news

2007-08-14 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Late nights and acrobatic sex

2007-07-31 00:00:00


For a few nerve-wracking days, it seemed that the good times might just have come to an end. But if things had bounced differently, what would she have done?

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-07-31 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip..

Sex: The bloke implosion

2007-07-25 00:00:00


Why are men so inept at the delicate art of seduction? And why are women so forgiving?

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-07-25 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The walls have ears

2007-07-02 00:00:00


The way they’re building apartments nowadays, the walls really do have ears. And that means that your wilder sexual cavortings can be heard by all and sundry – as our intrepid reporter discovers when her brother and his girlfriend move in.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2007-07-02 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: What depradation will we get up to tonight, darlings?

2007-06-21 00:00:00


30th Anniversary Retrospective: Well, in 2007, at least the choice is yours. Which is a bit of a change from 1977 when Hot Press launched. Back then, you couldn’t even buy a condom legally in Ireland…

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-06-21 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Reports: Let's talk about sex

2007-06-19 00:00:00


30th Anniversary Retrospective: When Anne Sexton saw the headline announcing our search for a sex columnist on the front of Hot Press, she felt that destiny was calling, But where, she asks, are the groupies?

Sex: Maybe I'm a fag hag after all

2007-06-08 00:00:00


Rather a lot of our esteemed sex columnists boyfriends have turned out to be gay in the long run. Did they pick her, or has she an inbuilt, secret radar for guys who are just waiting to come out of the closet? And what about the guy who couldn’t get it up because he was gay – and is now about to marry a lovely brunette?

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-06-08 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: He's mine! I got him first!

2007-05-24 00:00:00


What happens when two women who are friends decide that they both want the same man? It can get very messy – but there may be a very tasty solution indeed if you use your imaginiation.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-05-24 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Frontlines: The government has been penny pinching on condoms

2007-05-14 00:00:00


Condoms are more expensive in Ireland than almost anywhere else in Europe – and the VAT rate imposed by the Government is to blame. Now a campaign to get rid of the tax is gaining momentum.

Sex: I'm horny, horny horny horny

2007-05-08 00:00:00


Suddenly, our sex columnist was forced to do without her favourite ‘tipple’. The experience made her think again about the nature of sexual desire – and why some girls want it more than others…

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-05-08 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: What do you think of a lady who carries condoms?

2007-04-24 00:00:00


When Anne Sexton made the point in a recent Hot Press article that she always carries condoms, it provoked more than a bit of controversy over the airwaves.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-04-24 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Bad girls: a meditation on how women screw up in bed

2007-04-13 00:00:00


There’s nothing that modern women like more than complaining about how useless men are in the sack. But the truth is that there are lots of things that women get wrong too.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-04-13 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The Sex o'clock news

2007-03-27 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The Hot Press guide to social etiquette

2007-03-27 00:00:00


While good manners may have gone out of fashion, it makes a big difference in the sexual arena, if we avoid being boorish or pushy. Behaving gracefully is what it’s all about.

Sex: What a fantastic idea!

2007-03-13 00:00:00


They come unbidden, at any hour of the day or night. And they often involve us doing things that we wouldn’t even contemplate in real life. Then again, if we carefully select the horniest ones to try out with a willing partner, they can really blow your mind.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-03-13 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Kissing is not cheating if it takes place in a nightclub

2007-02-26 00:00:00


Whether you agree or not may just be a matter of cultural indoctrination – because, in truth, there are so many different ways of looking at what’s good, bad or indifferent in the sexual arena.

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-02-26 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2007-02-13 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: You don’t need to be in love to have great sex

2007-02-13 00:00:00


The relationship between sex and love is a thorny one. The cliché is that sex is better with someone you love – but the truth is that people play away for a reason…

Reports: How to win at the dating game

2007-02-08 00:00:00


With Valentine’s Day looming, many singletons are suddenly eager to find a partner. But if you know where to look, hooking up is easy-peasy says Anne Sexton.

Sex: A kiss with a sexy stranger

2007-01-30 00:00:00


When you’re on the look out for a man, a Singles Club is a good place to start. Or is it? Well, our sex columnist thought she’d check out the lie of the land – and this is what she found…

Sex: The Sex o'clock news

2007-01-30 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: You don't expect me to wear that, do you?

2007-01-16 00:00:00


Most women love sexy lingerie almost as much as men do – but getting it as a gift for your girlfriend can be a potentially hazardous business. On the other hand, if you strike the right note, the rewards can be overwhelming...

Sex: The Sex o'clock news

2007-01-16 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: As your sex slave, mistress, I am willing to do whatever you desire

2007-01-09 00:00:00


Annual article: Our sex columnist has been such a busy girl she asked us to open her post. We came across this rather touching missive from one of the men in her life. Apparently he thinks they need a new bed…

Sex: The sex o'clock review

2007-01-09 00:00:00


Annual article: a round up of news and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany.

Sex: Christmas is coming. And as for me, well...

2006-12-11 00:00:00


Anne Sexton recounts what happened when she received an early gift of the latest sex toy for girls.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-12-11 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2006-11-21 00:00:00


Breast air bags, sexsomnia and the benefits of porn!

Sex: Anyone for regular sex with no strings attached?

2006-11-21 00:00:00


There are times in everyone’s life when the last thing you need is a relationship – but the thought of regular sex is very appealing indeed. Which is where a fuck buddy comes in. But what happens when an old one comes back looking for more?

Reports: Porn is a four letter word

2006-11-20 00:00:00


Setting up a porn site in Ireland is harder than you might think. Especially if you want to use the word ‘porn’ in your web address.

Interview: Too drunk to not fuck

2006-10-24 00:00:00


A drunken lapse of reason the night before can lead to a horrible moment of clarity the morning after. Shagging under the influence is a perilous pursuit.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-10-24 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Giving good head

2006-10-10 00:00:00


There is something primal about blowjobs, where you can feel the tautness of the skin and taste the very essence of a man.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-10-10 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: How to turn a woman on

2006-09-26 00:00:00


Apologies if it seems like a bit of an obsession, but – for women in particular – foreplay is such an important part of good, satisfying sex. Here, then are some top tips on how best to ignite the passions of the woman you lust.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-09-26 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Sex on campus

2006-09-12 00:00:00


There’s lots of opportunities for great sex at college. But, of course, you need a partner with a bit of a sense of adventure to get you off the ground...

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-09-12 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-08-24 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: When an older man tries it on

2006-08-23 00:00:00


...it can be hard to know what to do. But the fact is that sex is not the preserve of the young. Get those stilettos ready, says Anne Sexton

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-08-23 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-08-09 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Teenagers in lust

2006-08-09 00:00:00


Rather than getting involved in penetrative sex, with all of the risks that entails, it makes sense for teenagers to experiment sexually by getting off with different people – and trying things out for themselves.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-07-26 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Pulling in the wrong direction

2006-07-26 00:00:00


Why men still see the mating game as a matter of conquest –and why they’re so, so wrong.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-07-12 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Sun, sea and sex

2006-07-12 00:00:00


There is nothing wrong with a holiday fling – and it doesn’t have to be about romance. Especially if one of your idols starts chatting you up over cocktails…

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-06-23 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Let it blurt

2006-06-23 00:00:00


Sudden outbreaks of bodily noise during intimacy can be a nightmare

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-06-12 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-06-12 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Sexual freedom: Is the backlash on the way?

2006-06-12 00:00:00


We are currently going through the Golden Age of Sexual Freedom. But there are dark clouds on the horizon with the increase in STDs on the one hand and the resurgence of fundamentalist religion in different guises on the other. So will our children become the New Puritans? This is the third and final part in a special three part series.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-05-30 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The golden age of sexual freedom

2006-05-30 00:00:00


Over the past ten years – no, make that twenty! – Irish society has undergone a transformation, casting off the shackles of the moral authority imposed by the church and embracing a more open, experimental and, let’s face it, downright horny attitude to sex and sexuality. The momentum towards change has been accelerated by significant advances in health care – not to mention the media environment – so that we are now more up for it than ever before.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock news

2006-05-16 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The future of sex

2006-05-16 00:00:00


Will we go to orgies for sex every Friday night and speed date for romance on Saturdays? Perhaps we will bypass all the messy, physical business and just pop a pill to give us an orgasm? Thus begins a fascinating three part series on the ways in which our sexual activities are likely to change over the next ten years, as technology invades the bedroom and the old assumptions about sin and guilt are finally, thoroughly disposed of.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock news

2006-05-03 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this issue's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: What turns you on?

2006-05-03 00:00:00


There is something mysterious and unpredictable about the things that make us horny, or that draw us to new lovers. The same is true of those features in potential partners that turn us right off. Here with the results of her own private survey of our likes and dislikes.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-04-18 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Is it okay to have sex with your friends?

2006-04-18 00:00:00


Well, it sure as hell beats having sex with your enemies! But is there not a risk of ruining a beautiful friendship? Not if your fuck buddy understands the rules of this particular kind of attraction…

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-04-03 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: How's about a bit of girl on girl?

2006-04-03 00:00:00


A recent survey revealed that highly sexed women are far more likely to want a bit of same sex action than highly sexed men. Anne Sexton- who falls effortlessly into the highly sexed category!- recalls that it was the feel of her girl lover's skin that was the most striking aspect of her first lesbian encounter. Once she relaxed, however, it was an experience to remember.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-03-20 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Why wouldn't you want sex with a younger man?

2006-03-20 00:00:00


The tide has turned. Lots of women are now enjoying sexual flings with younger Lotharios. And, as long as the sex is good, why the hell not?

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2006-03-02 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: Irish men time to get yourselves sorted!

2006-03-02 00:00:00


Why are so many Irish men clueless when it comes to understanding – and to getting it on with – members of the opposite sex?

Interview: Queens of the slipstream

2006-02-27 00:00:00


Tantrums and tiaras? Forget it. Have a sandwich instead. Hot Press goes backstage at the first Miss Pink Philippines beauty pageant.

Interview: The Sex O'Clock news

2006-02-16 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Lust in translation

2006-02-16 00:00:00


Valentine’s Day is on its way. But forget the cheesy cards, the flowers and the pink ribbons. What every smart woman really wants on February 14th is the hot breath of a lover whose naked desire is for her, and her alone…

Sex: The Sex O'Clock news

2006-02-02 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: There’s more to sex than technique

2006-02-02 00:00:00


There is more information available than ever on sex. So all you have to do to become a good lover is to read all the books? Not so. In fact, there is a growing belief that technique is over-rated…

Interview: The Sex O'Clock news

2006-01-16 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: I wanted to be the best lover in the world

2006-01-16 00:00:00


Not a bad ambition at all. But you have to think of yourself as well. When she did, Anne Sexton realised that she could only come, as it were, if she let herself go – and that meant being prepared to make a lot of noise indeed at critical moments. Everyone say: AAAAAAAAAGH……….

Interview: The Sex O'Clock review

2006-01-05 00:00:00


Annual article: A round up of the news and gossip in the world of sex.

Interview: Anne Sexton's diary

2006-01-05 00:00:00


Annual article: A year the sex life

Interview: The Sex O' clock news

2005-12-07 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Interview: The office party is a place to keep your knickers on

2005-12-07 00:00:00


The wine is flowing. The food is good. The spirits are high. And then it’s time for dancing. If you’re in the mood to shake some sex action, the office party might seem like the perfect opportunity to make a move on someone you’ve been lusting after. But beware. The potential for disaster is, well, huge…

Interview: The sex o' clock news

2005-11-23 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Commentary: Sisters are doing it to themselves

2005-11-23 00:00:00


There may have been a time when Irish women were under the thumb of the Church- a state of affairs that was reflected in our collective attitude to sex. But in 2005, as the results of the new Durex survey show, we have taken control of our own sexual destinies-with absolutely no apologies to men!

Sex: The sex o' clock news

2005-11-10 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sex is a drug

2005-11-10 00:00:00


It's a mystery why intelligent people stay in relationships that are destructive. Might it have something to do with intense addictive sex?

Sex: The sex o' clock news

2005-11-10 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip.

Sex: Beating the lust: four easy steps to celibacy

2005-11-10 00:00:00


Fuck it. (or don't) Sometimes a nice cup of tea and a snooze is preferable to all that sticky sex business. Here's the user's guide to not getting laid.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-10-13 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sex toys for girls and boys

2005-10-13 00:00:00


Sex toys for women are in vogue, with lots of very interesting and sexy options on the menu. But for blokes - well it's a little bit harder to find the prize.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-10-03 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip.

Sex: It’s time to teach teens about contraception

2005-10-03 00:00:00


It may pose difficult ethical questions, but the rise in the number of teenage pregnancies suggests that we need to make it easier for people to get contraception here.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-09-14 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: College is very good place to learn about sex

2005-09-14 00:00:00


Despite the impression created by the tabloids, most Irish third-level students are only beginning their sex lives. But – with all that time on your hands! – college is undeniably a good place to learn about the pleasures of the flesh…and how to enjoy them responsibility.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-09-06 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Taking sex out of the bedroom

2005-09-06 00:00:00


When you go shopping for funiture, it's worth remembering that every surface should be tested for its erotic potential. Now there's a nice sofa - for fornicating on.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-08-18 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Knob Almighty

2005-08-18 00:00:00


Men have a deep and peculiar relationship with their penises. But they still think they look stupid

Sex: Sexed up

2007-07-02 00:00:00


Sexed Up is the regular Hot Press sex column by Anne Sexton. If you have any ideas, thoughts, comments or questions on sex, go to the bottom of this web page and get them down – right now!

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-08-02 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: The gentleman's guide to the vagina

2005-08-02 00:00:00


It is what most men lust after, and more than a few women too. But how many of us really know what the vagina looks like, and how best to give the women we have sex with, the greatest pleasure possible?

Frontlines: Thin End Of The Wedge?

2005-07-27 00:00:00


The widespread availability of slimming tablets is a source of growing concern in Ireland.

Sex: Sexed up

2005-07-20 00:00:00


Sexed Up is the regular Hot Press Sex Column, by Anne Sexton, published in association with Durex. If you have any ideas, thoughts, comments or questions on sex, go to the bottom of this web page and get them down – right now!

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-07-20 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sexed Up: Let's talk dirty

2005-07-20 00:00:00


Women, we are told, talk too much. This is an unfair criticism of my sex. We have a strong desire to communicate and share our thoughts and feelings – but not all of the time. Many women, particularly sexually inexperienced ones, find it hard to discuss their desires with their lovers. Instead they hope that their men will intuitively know what it is they want. This is a mistake.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-07-13 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Does Having Cyber Sex With Someone Make You Unfaithful?

2005-07-13 00:00:00


There is someone out there – well, maybe more than one – who knows how to get you horny with a simple text or email. So if you go all the way with them at a safe distance, are you being unfaithful to the man or woman you sleep with? And does it matter?

Sex: The Sex O' Clock News

2005-06-29 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: In The Mood

2005-06-29 00:00:00


Diet, medication, stress... desire is a muse whose whims are subject to myriad influences.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-06-14 00:00:00


Sex: A Sexy Little Number

2005-06-14 00:00:00


...Or, a sexy large number, depending on your experience. Anne Sexton poses the question: is it possible to have had too many lovers?

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-05-30 00:00:00


Interview: Single White Female

2005-05-31 00:00:00


Recently freed from the responsibilities of being in a relationship, our columnist has decided to make hay while the sun shines and exploit the advantages of single life to the full.

Sex: Fun And Games: Getting The Girls To Play

2005-05-30 00:00:00


Innovation in computer games isn't the sole preserve of American designers, as Anne Sexton discovered recently when she played Blowaway, the new game from a group of final year DCU students which has been designed to appeal to women as much as to men.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-05-18 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: How To Get A Blowjob In One Easy Lesson

2005-05-18 00:00:00


Men love blowjobs (and would you blame them?). But not all women love giving them. So what do you do if you partner is a little bit on the reluctant side? Here, Anne Sexton offers a special Eight Step Guide to helping the object of your sexual desire the learn to love going down.

Sex: The Sex O' Clock News

2005-05-04 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip

Sex: That Was The Best Fuck I Ever Had

2005-05-04 00:00:00


That’s what we’d all like to hear our lovers say, if we could read their minds after we’d bedded them. But how important is it to be hot between the sheets? Now, that’s an interesting question! Over to Anne Sexton...

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-04-11 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top tip...

Interview: Sex O'Clock News

2005-04-11 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sexed Up: I Want To Shag Somebody – But Not You!

2005-04-11 00:00:00


Sexual freedom is a wonderful thing. But it isn’t just about saying ‘Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes’. Men – and women – have to understand that ‘no’ means just that…

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-04-06 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Time To Put That Short Skirt On

2005-04-06 00:00:00


Or is it? When you go out looking for a man, a sexy skirt will win you favourable attention. But will it be the right man? asks Anne Sexton

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-03-22 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Anne's No Nonsense Guide To The Opposite Sex

2005-03-22 00:00:00


There’s a lot of literature out there on the differences between the sexes. But it’s all very simple really: everybody likes a good shag.

Interview: Sex O'Clock News

2005-03-09 00:00:00


The latest Sex O'Clock News

Interview: Sex O'Clock News

2005-03-09 00:00:00


Interview: Sex O'Clock News

2005-03-09 00:00:00


Sex: Sexed Up with Anne Sexton

2005-03-09 00:00:00


Why is it that we find particular people so attractive, and want to drag them to our boudoirs straight away – while others leave us strangely cold? Anne Sexton ponders one of life's great mysteries...

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-02-23 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sexed Up with Anne Sexton

2005-02-23 00:00:00


Getting dreessed especially for sex is a great turn on. There's nothing like knowing that you are the object of someone else's desire - but isn't it time that men got in on the act?

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-02-08 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for the eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Tantric Sex: A Whole New Way Of Fucking

2005-02-08 00:00:00


It takes time and practice - but it is worth it in the end, delivering mind-blowing extended sex. Herewith: A Beginner's Guide To Tantric Sex

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2005-01-24 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Is Bisexual An Adequate Description For My Old Boyfriend, Chris?

2005-01-24 00:00:00


His new year resolution was to have sex with a man. So, is he gay or straight or what? And where does that leave me, since I?have enjoyed the occasional dalliance with a woman? Now, there’s an interesting question!

Sex: Christmas Is A Great Time For Perverts Everywhere

2004-12-15 00:00:00


According to the latest Durex Sex Survey, most normal Irish people are perverts at heart. And at Christmas they get an unrivalled opportunity to indulge themselves.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-11-30 00:00:00


News and views from ...

Sex: Sexed Up: Eyes Wide Shut

2004-11-30 00:00:00


Our columnist addresses the vexed question of why some of us choose to be unfaithful.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-11-16 00:00:00


News and views from ...

Sex: Sexed Up: The Big Romance

2004-11-16 00:00:00


Suggestive emails, rude texts, watching porn, sharing a bath – let our columnist introduce you to the latest and greatest way to spice up your love life: beforeplay

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-11-03 00:00:00


News and views from ...

Interview: Sexed Up: Who’s not getting any sex then?

2004-11-03 00:00:00


Lots of people, it seems, are simply not getting any sex. Well, there must be a reason – but it’s not always the one you might expect.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-10-19 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Interview: Sexed Up: Jealousy

2004-10-19 00:00:00


The aesthetic appreciation of fit young blokes in swimming trunks shouldn’t enrage the green-eyed monster.

Sex: Sex o'clock news

2004-10-06 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sexed up: Sexual awakening

2004-10-06 00:00:00


Being a student offers the opportunity to explore sex and relationships in a new and fuller way. You’d be mad not to take full advantage of it!

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-09-21 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: Sexed Up: Introducing the X-spot

2004-09-21 00:00:00


We all have one special place on our bodies that drives us wild with lust. And it isn't as hard to find the location of this treasure as you might think.

Sex: Sex O'Clock news

2004-09-07 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: Sexed Up: The Waiting Game

2004-09-07 00:00:00


How long should you wait before sleeping with someone? Now there’s a question!

Sex: The Sex O Clock News Column

2004-08-25 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Snog Standard

2004-08-25 00:00:00


If the thought of kissing doesn’t make you all gooey, you’re probably doing it wrong!

Sex: The Sex O' Clock News

2004-08-11 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Time to get dirty

2004-08-10 00:00:00


Whether getting it up in public, going down in private, dogging, eating, drinking, accessorizing or using porn, in summer there’s no excuse for missionary position bedroom tedium.

Sex: The Sex O' Clock News

2004-07-27 00:00:00


Sex: There's nothing wrong with virginity

2004-07-27 00:00:00


But misinformation about safe sex is another thing entirely. So why are the Silver Ring Thing putting people unnecessarily at risk?

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-06-29 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: Sexed Up: The Pros and Cons of Porn

2004-06-29 00:00:00


Far from leading to violence, studies show that the availability of hard core porn leads to a reduction in sex crimes. And besides, perfectly normal people enjoy it.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock news

2004-06-11 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's Top Sex Tip...

Sex: How we learn about sex

2004-06-11 00:00:00


Sex education may be a bit of a mis-nomer for what happens when the subject is discussed in school. Fact is, everyone is entitled to know that sex is fucking great.

Sex: The joys and pitfalls of lazy sex

2004-05-26 00:00:00


This issue's top sex tip and the Sex O'Clock news...

Sex: The joys and pitfalls of lazy sex

2004-05-26 00:00:00


Great sex needn’t be a marathon arrair – the quick three-minute romp can be just as satisfying an experience. Provided you practice it in moderation, naturally.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-05-18 00:00:00


Latest sex news and tips from Ann Sexton...

Sex: Can't Keep my Hands offa You

2004-05-18 00:00:00


In which our sex correspondent finds that a trip to an Amsterdam strip club makes her hornier than a tomcat – with interesting consequences during the train ride home!

Sex: Would you be faithful to someone for the rest of your life?

2004-05-05 00:00:00


Would you be faithful to someone for the rest of your life? This is a question that’s been plaguing me lately. It does seem like a nice idea, but I’ve always been a bit of a sceptic.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-05-05 00:00:00


The Sex o'Clock News and this issue's hot sex tip, with Anne Sexton

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-04-15 00:00:00


The Sex o'Clock News and this issue's hot sex tip, with Anne Sexton

Sex: How can I get laid?

2004-04-15 00:00:00


It’s the burning question that seems to be on the lips of lots of single guys right now. Here then are some crucial tips...

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News!

2004-03-30 00:00:00


Sex: Relax! When you want to come

2004-03-30 00:00:00


Some people find it hard to have an orgasm. But faking it is not the fast track to sexual bliss.

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-03-18 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: S & M, part of our sexual repertoire

2004-03-18 00:00:00


The things I do for you! On Sunday, February 15, I strapped myself into a PVC corset, fishnets and high, high heels and headed for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Ball at the Sugar Club. This was an S&M and fetish party that my friend Lucinda was keen to attend and she dragged me along. Off I went, for ‘research purposes’, you understand.

Sex: Sexed up

2005-06-29 00:00:00


Sexed Up is the regular Hot Press Sex Column, by Anne Sexton, published in association with Durex. If you have any ideas, thoughts, comments or questions on sex, go to the bottom of this web page and get them down – right now!

Sex: The sex o'clock news

2004-03-08 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: DIY sex with someone you love

2004-03-08 00:00:00


There’s never any harm in indulging in a little solitude, says Ann Sexton

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-02-19 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: In praise of men

2004-02-19 00:00:00


They go out in the freezing cold at 3am for condoms and spend hours searching for the G-spot. With St. Valentine’s Day romance in the air, our sex columnist says, ‘Let’s hear it for the boys’...

Interview: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-02-06 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

Sex: The safe text guide

2004-02-06 00:00:00


Forget exploitative pornography. Your mobile phone can be the source of good dirty fun. Anne Sexton on what presses her buttons.

Sex: Sexed up

2004-02-06 00:00:00


Sexed Up is the regular Hot Press Sex Column, by Anne Sexton, published in association with Durex. If you have any ideas, thoughts, comments or questions on sex, go to the bottom of this web page and get them down – right now!

Ann Sexton on what women really want for Valentine's Day, plus the Sex O'Clock News

Sex: Introducing Sexed Up... the Hot Press Sex Column

2004-01-26 00:00:00


Anne Sexton is the winner of the Hot Press Search For A Sex Columnist competition, run in association with Durex. Originally from Ireland, she spent many years in South Africa. A graphic artist, she has an honours degree in English and always harboured a desire to write. She also has an abiding – and uninhibited – interest in sex.

Sex: 3 is a magic number

2004-01-26 00:00:00


Our columnist discovers that orchestrating one of those three-in-a-bed romps is not quite as easy as it appears...

Sex: The Sex O'Clock News

2004-01-26 00:00:00


News and views from around the world, stimulation for eyes and ears, Sexton's Miscellany plus this week's top sex tip...

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