Everybody stared at me. It’s what people do when you’re different. I was a wheelchair user, and as I turned 18, I wanted the staring to be for something other than my wheelchair. So I took to punk, in ripped stockings, red hair, blonde hair… hair of multi-coloured styles. Stare on, I declared to the world. I’m here to shock!
But this occasion presented me with a new twist.
I’d left the record shop, clutching a precious 12", and a woman, gawping at me, bent down with a huge grin.
‘I have to ask. Can you… do it?’
My face flushed as red as my hair.
She persisted into my silence. ‘You know, sex. What with your er … situation.’
‘**** off,’ I said with my best punk sneer, and she had the nerve to tell me off for rudeness before stomping off. But inside a mixture of anger and despair made me want to slink into a corner with my Sex Pistols LP.
Guest blog by Penny Pepper
As usual, we've rounded up the best of the web for your viewing pleasure this Sunday.
Pour yourself a hot coffee and have a lazy Sunday morning in with the week's best online sex writing.
This week we're taking a look at new lingerie, morning sex and getting fit the fun way.
You also have the chance to win a sexy prize in our weekly giveaway.
To help you live a sexier life, we're giving away 3 packs of Durex Love Ultra Thin Condoms (worth £7.99).
Simply comment below before January 18th to enter.
Photo featuring the nJoy Pure Butt Plug by ruffledsheets.
How does an evening of comedy from the best and brightest in stand up for just £25 sound? And what about if you could also get a happy glow knowing you're supporting a good cause?
Following the success of last year's inaugral comedy-sex fusion, Lovehoney is proud to be supporting Sex Appeal Two: Come Again. The hilarious charity evening held at London's Bloomsbury Theatre on Friday 18 January is back for round two, and it's bigger than ever.
Sex Appeal Two: Come Again Friday 18th January, 7pm-11pm, Bloomsbury Theatre, London - £25.
Hosted by Al Murray (The Pub Landlord), Sex Appeal II will include performances from top comedians:
Mitch Benn, Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Shappi Khorsandi, Josie Long, Ben Miller, Joanna Neary, Kate Smurthwaite, Ava Vidal, Catie Wilkins, Doc Brown, Jenny Eclair, Festival of the Spoken Nerd (Helen Arney, Steve Mould and Matt Parker).
Raising money for sexual health charity Brook, a night of giggles adds up to providing support and advice about sexual health to young people. Everybody wins!
After the madness of Christmas, 2013 is finally here.
The new year is a time for reflection, so we've been looking back at the 2012's Top Sex Trends.
Between Fifty Shades of Grey and nipple-mania, 2012 was the year of sex.
If you like to be ahead of the pack, check out our 2013 Sex Predictions for what to look out for the in the coming year.
Start 2013 in style by nabbing something in the Lovehoney Sale - but hurry, there's not much time left to grab a bargain!
To help you beat the January blues, we're giving away a luxury Je Joue FiFi vibrator (worth £89.99). Simply comment below before January 11th to enter.
Read on below for the best of sex writing from across the web, and don't forget to comment to be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize.
2012 has been an exciting year in the world of sex.
From the explosion of bedroom bondage, courtesy of Fifty Shades of Grey, to Magic Wand vibrators, here at Lovehoney we've noticed lots of new trends this year.
Before we welcome 2013, we've decided to give a look back at the noticeable trends this past year.
To help you ring in the new year, we're giving away a set of Lovehoney Magic Love Rings to one reader.
Simply comment below for your chance to win this selection box of bedroom-boosting love rings!
Read on for a recap of the top toy trends of 2012, and keep an eye on the blog in the coming days for Lovehoney's 2013 predictions...
The big day is almost here, and everyone at Lovehoney wants to wish you a very happy Christmas.
Once all the last-minute shopping and gift-wrapping is done, it's time to relax with a glass of mulled wine and a good book in front of an open fire.
That's why Lovehoney have decided to give our customers some free sexy reading material over the festive period.
Regular readers of this blog know that we love giving away prizes on Sunday, but this week, as a thank you for your continued support this year, we're offering two ebooks to everyone!
These Lovehoney erotic ebooks feature 20 erotic stories from our customers and professional authors like Kay Jaybee, Justine Elyot and Lily Harlem.
DownloadTake Your Partner andThe Intimate Stranger for free until December 25th!
But hurry, these books are only free until the end of Christmas day - so break out your new e-Reader and download them now!
Read on for our pick of the best of erotica articles from around the web.
Brrr! December is well and truly underway and we're almost at the shortest day of the year. While hats, scarves and gloves are all very well and good, we can think of a much better way to keep warm on these cold, dark nights.
Glass dildos are fun to experiment with when it gets cold outside, as you can indulge in sexy temperture play by heating them gently in some warm water.
To help you stay warm, we're giving away three sets of Tracey Cox Supersex Glass Dildos (worth £34.99). Simply comment below before December 21st to enter.
Ideal for a warming back massage, these best-selling textured toys are sure to raise the temperature in the bedroom, too.
Image of Spartacus Smooth G-spot Glass Dildo courtesy of Behind The Chintz Curtain.
After that news this week, it feels like the country has gone baby-crazy.
The news of the Royal Baby comes at the right time of year, as December is the month with the highest number of conceptions. There's something about festive cheer and long nights that inspires babymaking, which is why so many people have birthdays in September.
In fact, the most fertile day of the year is coming up in just a few days, with December 11thbeing the day when most conceptions take place. [The Daily Beast]
Whether or not you're planning on conceiving a baby, we think it's a good idea to celebrate this special day with some good, old-fashioned practice. To ensure you have a great night, we're giving away a luxury Lelo Tiani couple's vibrator (worth £104.99)! Comment below before December 14th for your chance to win.
Rubber, johnnie, French letter - whatever you call a condom we're pretty sure it racks up fewer Scrabble points than the Danish: svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel (here's how to say it!)
We all know how important it is to stay protected during sexual activity and in support of World Aids Day, we're taking a closer look at condoms this week.
We're also giving away ten packs of Billy Boy Endurance Condoms. Simply comment below before Friday afternoon for your chance to win.
These innovative condoms feature an integrated cock ring at the base to harden your erection, help you last longer and lead you to a more intense orgasm.
Read on for the best condom related articles from across the web and your chance to win.
Over 83% of 18-29 year olds are doing it, most people spend over 7 hours at it a month and in October 2012 alone, we spent a massive 6.7 billion hours immersed. What are we talking about? Why, social media, of course! [Hubspot]
It's true, even at Lovehoney we get a thrill from Twitter, Facebook sends us into a frenzy and Tumblr is tantalising. So this week, we've been thinking about the similarities between sex and social media.
And to celebrate the Thrill we get from sharing, we've decided to give away a newly released Thrill by We-Vibe (worth £94.99) with a Twitter-style competition! This sexy vibe is already getting rave reviews and is set to be a Lovehoney favourite.
To be in with a chance to win, simply comment below and tell us in 140 characters or less why you would love aThrill by We-Vibe.