From raunchy late night phone calls to ex partners to ‘selflessly’ jumping into bed with NHS workers, people have been sharing racy accounts of their lockdown sex lives with an eye-opening Instagram account.
Founded by actors Joanna Scanlan and Alex Roach and theatre director and writer Jenny Duffy, Sex Lives has turned real lockdown tales into a drama series starring acclaimed British actors including Eastenders star Clare Perkins, who played Ava Hartman.
The trio, who were inspired by Wendy Jones’ 2016 book The Sex Lives of English Women, put out a call for people to speak candidly about how lockdown has impacted their sex lives and were stunned by their initial responses.
In one instance, a woman revealed she had started taking nude pictures every day to ’empower herself’, while another admitted to inviting a a guy on a socially distanced date – knowing it would ‘end in the bedroom’.
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British women have contributed their sex life stories in the hopes of having them adapted for a web series created by Instagram trio Joanna Scanlan, Alex Roach and Jenny Duffy. One woman revealed she had been taking nudes every day to help herself feel ’empowered’
One anonymous woman who lives alone, revealed she’s committed herself to having sex with a man she met for a social distance date – breaking lockodown rules
Another woman revealed her view of sex was changed by an individual she met last autumn, after being in a 15-year relationship, and she ‘feels like a new woman;’
‘People were really horny, just getting to grips with being stuck in the house. As it’s gone on, we’ve had waves of anger, sadness, loneliness. It’s been a real journey,’ Alex told Refinery29.
The account which has a growing following, recently posted its first episode based on an anoymous submission.
Former Eastenders star Clare Perkins stars as 54-year-old ‘Dominique’, who tells Nyome, 31, played by Susan Wokoma about her most recent sexual encounter.
In a Zoom call, she details how she spent four years without having sex, despite sharing her bed with her partner Graham, and explains how being complimented by a stranger reignited her sex life.
A British woman who once had an ‘amazing’ sex life with her husband, explained that she’s dusted her collection of toys because he’s no longer interested in physical intimacy
Spending lockdown away from her boyfriend, a woman told how her partner had delivered a collection of toys and other items to enjoy during isolation
A woman who has been spending lockdown reading erotic literature revealed that she’s been receiving nude photographs from two of her former colleagues
‘I was dead, my face was dead, my body was dead,’ she said. ‘All of a sudden someone finds you sexy and you have all this energy.
‘I felt like “I’m 54”, but now I feel like “woo hoo”.’
The three-minute episode has been viewed almost 5,000 times, with viewers gushing that they love the series.
Elsewhere, others have shared their tales of sexual encounters with NHS workers during the pandemic.
One woman said she was ‘s****ing an ex’ who is an intensive care nurse just before lockdown, and was then shunned by a neighbour for missing the weekly Clap By Carers.
‘Felt like saying to her: “My vagina has done more for the NHS than your claping has, Pat”,’ she wrote.
However, she later shared an update saying the ex had popped around for a ‘thank you for all their hard work’, but it hadn’t ended well, and she recommended donating money rather than sexual favours to show support.
In another post, an NHS worker complained that nobody had ‘broken lockdown to f*** me’, despite heroically saving lives.
Still accepting admissions, the creators have received stories from women who have been experimenting with sex toys during lockdown – and those who’ve ignored government advice to social distance.
One woman revealed she’s been receiving nude photographs from two of her past male colleagues, while another said the sound from the porn she was watching mistakenly connected to the Bluetooth device being used by her mother.
One woman told how an issue with her Bluetooth headphones caused the sound of the porn she was watching to connect to her mother’s device
Another woman revealed that her ex-girlfriend tried to reconnect, but ended up going back to her male fiance because she forgot to reply to a Facebook message
A woman who was enjoying a casual relationship before lockdown, revealed that she’s started to develop deeper feelings
Elsewhere a woman admitted she got the ‘best surprise’ when her friend gifted her with her ‘first ever vibrator’, calling it the ‘best surprise I’ve had in 2020.
Another Instagram user told how she had to have ‘careful FaceTime sex’ during isolation, as she was staying at her parent’s house and had to keep the bedroom door open for the cat.
Meanwhile, one admitted to developing feelings for her ‘sex buddy’ during quarantine, in an insightful series of confessions.
One woman said she was gifted a vibrator during lockdown, but her flatmates shamed her on a WhatsApp group chat for using it too loudly
Another woman explained that her video calls with her girlfriend involved a lot of whispering to avoid their sexual conversation being heard by her parents