Our expectations of sex have been distorted. As a society we have shrouded sex in myth, narrowing down the vast spectrum of sexual experience into something straight, cis, slick and penetrative. When, inevitably, sexual reality doesn’t live up to the collective sexual fantasy, everyone is left feeling abnormal.
The motivation behind the Sex Issue was to substitute airbrushed depictions of sex for honest reflections on the experience(s) of intercourse and sexuality. Here are four of the ten testimonies we collected about sexual experience that liberate us from the homogenous, heteronormative ‘ideal’. These writings attest to sexual difficulties and transformations, to obsessions and habits and passions. They are real experiences, and with their variety and their honesty they expand our definitions of sex and sexuality.