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Jill at Feministe points out two annoying stories in the Independent, and I think taken together they say a lot about the Independent’s editorial stance on female sexual pleasure.

First up, they report on a study suggesting masturbating is good for men over 50, cutting the risk of prostate cancer, but younger men with high levels of sexual activity (solo or otherwise) may be at increased risk. But look at the lede:

Masturbation may be good for you – or bad, depending on your age. The solitary sexual activity that is widely practised but little discussed, is linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer when practised frequently by young men in their twenties and thirties, doctors say.

I’m surprised at the Independent’s subeditors for missing such an inaccurate lede; or perhaps they’re also under the impression that only men masturbate? A swift substitution of “men” for “you” was all that was needed, but instead the newspaper decided to opt for a lede which either suggests that it believes all its readers are (cisgender) men or they don’t know women masturbate.

Second, a list of the 10 best sex toys – which doesn’t include any vibrators! As Jill points out:

If there’s room on the list for candles and a glorified foot stool, surely you can squeeze in the Hitachi Magic Wand.