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No jokes, please, we’re British: why I can’t get it up over the Bad Sex Awards

The prize, established in 1993 to draw attention to “redundant” sex writing, is all about who’s in on the joke

By Joanna Walsh  

Vaudeville and sex have always gone hand-in-hand. But the Bad Sex Awards are all about who is in on the joke.

I’m not sure I can get it up over the Bad Sex Award.

A few writers are regularly vocal about the prize getting right on their tits: they say that it discourages experimental and exploratory sex-writing, or writing about sex altogether. That it’s a prurient award created by prudes.

Established in 1993 “to draw attention [my italics] to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of…

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