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It’s time we talked about violence in m/m romance

CW: discussion of domestic abuse, sexual violence, intimate partner violence.

Almost a third of sexual minority men, and one half of women, report being a victim of domestic abuse. For psychological abuse the figure is even higher: over half of queer men and 75 percent of queer women report being victimised by a romantic partner. A 2013 study by the CDC estimated 4.1 million LGB Americans have experienced domestic abuse in their lifetimes.

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Book Recs: Lawbreakers

When we think about recent(ish) queer history, most of the stories that come to us are of lawbreakers. Some, like Oscar Wilde, are more famous than others (Peter Wildeblood). Like Alan Turing, we can turn them into martyrs, the founding fathers upon whose shoulders modern gay rights movements stand. While Read more…


Book Recs: Truman Capote

Capote was an American author, born in New Orleans in 1924. His parents divorced four years later and he spent the latter part of his childhood being raised by his mother’s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. In one of those weird coincidences that are so common in history, in Monroeville Capote befriended the future novelist Harper Lee. If you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, you’ll recognise young Truman in Dill, a small, small boy who lives with his aunt and befriends Jem and Scout.


More Sex, Please

Recently on Facebook, I saw three separate conversations, all about the same thing. One was an author asking how much sex was appropriate for a book of X length (basically, did it need more than she’d written). Another was a different author asking if a book needed depictions of full penetration, or if other sex acts were enough given the length of the title in question. And the third was a reader saying she was X percent into a book and the MCs hadn’t had sex yet, but she hoped they would soon.

Spot the lowest common denominator?