Women Better at Sex Writing?

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Martin Amis, whose new novel made it onto the PW Best Summer Books list, explained to his audience at the Hay Festival that “women write better about sex.”

“As a novelist you are in a God-like relation to what you create. You are omnipotent and the question of potency is embarrassing for men. It is the great hidden weakness in men, that potency can fail, and it’s not something that troubles women… So once a man is writing a sex scene he’s feeling omnipotent and he’s forgotten about all those fiascos and no-shows. But women don’t, and they write better about it.”


Charley Locke reports on education technology and reform. You can find her journalism on EdSurge, her tweets @charley_locke, and her drawings on her parents’ fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley imperiously making book recommendations while managing the McSweeney’s Pop-Up Shops. More from this author →