At her side was a doctor who would temper occasionally fraught emotions with kindly clinical common sense. I live in an age without reliable birth control, when unwed pregnancy is considered an unredeemable social sin.It’s amazing the things people will tell the radio.Then, once the listening public got on, here were people talking about husbands who bring an i Pad to bed, women pleasing themselves (in many senses), how expectations have changed and texting can keep the most settled marital relationship alive. Nicky Campbell, the host, handled it all with care and respect.Callers clearly felt they could trust the programme and, with the intimacy of being heard but unobserved, spoke frankly. Forty years ago on London’s Capital Radio Anna Raeburn did a show that addressed the most intimate of subjects. There are so many questions, so many questions, that fans and academics have been yearning to ask you. (*shifts in his chair uncomfortably*): I am a very private person from an era when a gentleman did not discuss such things and a place where being Puritanically uptight and uncommunicative was a sign of eminent respectability. We all want insight into the worlds you created, the fantastic characters and places, the things named and unnamed. : (*long pause*) When I write weird fiction, I give you weird. What on earth or in the Outer Darkness makes you think I would ever discuss a topic as intimate as sex with utter strangers? My own mother said I was "grotesque" and advised me to go outside only after dark, so as not to frighten the neighbors. : Thus it will be of no surprise to you that I was not overburdened with offers from the opposite sex. I have to initiate our encounters, yes, but that's because he was brought up to believe no woman would have him and he doesn't wish to impose himself on me.
Yesterday morning’s Your Call on Radio 5 Live was about a new survey of sexual habits showing that women are having more partners than they once did but everyone is having sex less often than they used to.
So, first, there was expert comment on whether this is true and why it probably is.
Do you ask Edgar Allan Poe why he doesn't write more about lollipops and sunshine?
(*sighs*) If you absolutely must know, I take my husbandly duties very seriously.
Had she not been determined to prove to me I was lovable, I doubt I ever would have known the congeniality of... (*hesitates, clearly searching for the perfect words*) (*steam-rollers over HP's thoughts*): And is your wife satisfied with your performance? : He doesn't slut-shame, he doesn't denigrate women as a gender, and sex isn't a part of my husband's stories because sex isn't a punishable crime in his universe.
Sonia was the first woman who ever kissed me, apart from family. (*approaching Reporter, who is fumbling for the doorknob*): (*accusingly*) You just want there to be sex in his stories so you can read about women who enjoy their sexuality being ripped apart by eldritch horrors.