Stephan Fry, a well known British celebrity, has been slammed in the press after his recent comments for an Attitude Magazine article were perceived as a denigration of female sexual desire.
Fry was quoted as saying "I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want." as well as "If women liked sex as much as men, there would be straight cruising areas in the way there are gay cruising areas. Women would go and hang around in churchyards thinking: 'God, I've got to get my fucking rocks off', or they'd go to Hampstead Heath and meet strangers to shag behind a bush. It doesn't happen. Why? Because the only women you can have sex with like that wish to be paid for it." But in line with this commentary, is there a belief that a sexual woman must somehow have a kinship to a paid sexual professional? Since the magazines release, which Fry writes off as misquotes, a torrent of Twitter and media attacks on bold sides have been launched. As an accomplished Twitter personality, Fry has threatened to terminate his account in response.
While the comments has caused a huge feminist stir, Fry's words are a part of a larger sensibility that somehow women are less sexual than men as in the video depicted above. However, this is not the case, and in many relationships the female may have a much stronger sexual drive than the man. How is a sexually adventurous woman supposed to negotiate these misconceptions? And is the only way to have lots of sex by having lots of casual anonymous sex?
According to the Guardian, the journalist Paul Flynn who spoke with Fry commented "I'm more interested in his feeling that straight men are somehow to be pitied. That's quite a radical standpoint."