Rude Brittania


Tim Fountain has made a career out of talking about sex, most famously in his 2005 sell-out one-man show ‘Sex Addict’. In a sort of reality show built around Gaydar, Fountain would go on stage every evening and, using the Internet and a large screen, encourage audience members to choose his partner for the night. Fountain would later meet, have sex with and then interview this man on video and give a report to the following show’s audience. Inevitably the show caused something of a scandal in the press, with the Daily Mail even devoting an entire page to it under the headline “Curtain Up on Depravity” Following the uproar, Fountain, who claims to have slept with 5,000 men and 40 women, decided to find out if everyone in Britain was “as depraved and kinky as him or if he was utterly alone.” The result is Rude Britannia, one man’s journey around the highways and byways of sex.” Fountain spent a couple of years traveling around Britain investigating the sex lives of the British, “on a personal tour to meet people who like sex that’s beyond convention.” The results take in ‘furries’, The Other Pony Club in Hereford where pony-boys and pony-girls can ride each other around the garden, and the 10,000 Scots who go dogging every year; a fetish attributed by some to the natural beauty of the country. Fountain, it seems, is not alone, he just talks about it more.

Karen is from the UK and currently lives in Hawaii. She has an MA from University College London and has been published in Spread magazine, Trazzler and Cantaraville. More from this author →