Author Lionel Shriver says debates over consent are ‘unsexy’

‘There’s something very unsexy about it’: Author Lionel Shriver calls debates over sexual consent ‘un-fun’- and claims it’s more entertaining to play SCRABBLE

  • UK-based American author, 61, said negotiating sexual encounters is tedious
  • Said debating consent is ‘un-fun’ and she would rather play Scrabble 
  • Comments come a week after she was dropped from literary judging panel
  • Mocked Penguin Random House for drive to make author list more diverse 

Author Lionel Shriver has weighed into the debate over consent, just a week after being dropped from a writing competition judging panel for comments about diversity. 

The 61-year-old who was born in North Carolina, but now lives in the UK, claimed  that the negotiating of a sexual encounter has become so tedious she’d rather play Scrabble.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin admitted that it’s difficult for young people today to negotiate the sexual world.  

‘All this stuff about consent, I mean, I am anti-rape but there is something very unsexy about the whole thing,’ she said.

‘Taking out the contract and calling your lawyer before you decide to have sex and exactly what you agree to. Is it going to be penetrative? And how many inches? I’m sorry, why don’t we just play Scrabble? It just sounds so un-fun to me.’

She added that while the western world is supposedly highly sexualised, the whole area is so difficult to navigate that ‘we are in danger of turning into an asexual culture’.

Her comments come after the 2005 Orange Prize winner was dropped as a judge for a writing competition run by the magazine Mslexia, following a column in the Spectator. 

Lionel Shriver, 61, who was born in North Carolina, but now lives in the UK has claimed negotiating sexual consent is ‘un-fun’ and says she’d rather play Scrabble 

In the piece she mocked the publisher Penguin Random House for its goal of having a more diverse staff and stable of authors by 2025. 

Accusing the publisher of being ‘drunk on virtue’, she claimed that ‘Penguin Random House no longer regards the company’s raison d’être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books’.

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The journalist and author said it meant that a book ‘written by a gay transgender Caribbean who dropped out of school at seven’ would be published ‘whether or not said manuscript is an incoherent, tedious, meandering and insensible pile of mixed-paper recycling’. 

She later defended her position on Radio 4, saying that quotas ‘could lead to lower quality work being published’. 

The outspoken writer was dropped from  a judging panel last week for her comments about Penguin Random House’s diversity policies 

Explaining the decision to drop her from the panel, Debbie Taylor, editorial director and founder of Mslexia said: ‘Since our launch in 1999, Mslexia’s raison d’être has been to provide a safe space for all women writers to develop their craft. 

‘We actively encourage entries from marginalised writers and frequently draw attention to the issues they (we) face.

Although we welcome open debate, Shriver’s comments are not consistent with Mslexia’s ethos, and alienate the very women we are trying to support.’ 

The outspoken author is known for her forthright views and in 2016, she said that the NHS should not fund fertility treatment as it’s not a human right to become a parent. 

The Orange Prize winner is known for her outspoken views and said she feared quotas would lead to a lower standard of work being published, just to meet targets 


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