Are The Bad Sex Awards… Bad?

December 9, 2012 | 2

With news of this year’s winner fresh off the press, it’s easy to see how the Literary Review’s “Bad Sex Awards” are an annual delight to many readers (as well as an annual horror to several authors). But are they also counter-productive? As one former “winner” of the award asks, is the Bad Sex Award “anything more than a sort of moral outrage dressed up as a quest for high standards in writing?”

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  1. Paul Constant of the Stranger has a different critique of the Bad Sex Awards that he’s been repeating; namely, that literary fiction is too sexless as is and this contest supports that.

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