36.2 Writing Sex

How does one write about sex? Like eating, sleeping, and breathing,
sex is part of the “eternal organic cabaret” of our lives. The “orgiastic
ephemeral moments,” as SasaHara calls them, enfold themselves within time and space, flowing into each other, repeating themselves throughout days, years, centuries, never the same but always alike. In fact, sex permeates the world far beyond, before, and outside of the perimeters of human experience. Sex, if understood to comprise reproduction and thus the creation of all life, forms the very basis of existence: from the creation and evolution of species to the process of pollination.

This issue of FRAME wants to provide the space to write sex seriously. Seven authors discuss sexual practices, orientations,
identities, and desires as they are portrayed in literature, and consider how these portrayals reflect and challenge our lived experience of sex and the sexual.

The content of this issue will become open access in december 2025.

Main section

Anasuya Virmani and Nienke Veenstra | Foreword

Robert LaRue | No Shame in this Queer Thang: Sex, Place, and Belonging in Charles Rice-Gónzales Chulito

Maddalena Italia | Sex and the Sanskrit Classics: Untranslatability, Code-switching, and Sexed-up Translations

Müge Özoğlu | Writing non-Turkish Subjectivities, Writing Contradictions: Twentieth-Century Istanbul in Istanbul Ansiklopedisi


Jennifer Jasmine White | ‘The nature of flesh, which is to say, the world'”” Reading Sex in the Angela Carter Papers

Sam Forrey | Discerning New Feminisim from Sadomasochistic Pornography in On Our Backs

Constanza Contreras Ruiz | Relating Otherwise: Erotic Power, Indigenous Relationality, and More-Than-Human Entanglements in Natalia Diaz’s “The First Water is the Body”


Anna Ziering | “I Want Them To Feel Everything”: A Conversation with SfSx Creator Tina Horn