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Taboo Featuring Lionel Shriver

Who dares to criticize identity politics and defend cultural appropriation? Best-selling author Lionel Shriver likes to say the unsayable and name the unnameable. In her take on Taboo, the best-selling novelist passionately defends her right to create fictional characters who don’t necessarily look, think or experience the world as she does. She also reflects on her own gender identity and the decision to change her name to Lionel as a teenager.

Watch Lionel Shriver in Takes, filmed exclusively for BBC Select.

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Featured in The Taboo Drop on BBC Select:

100 Vaginas

100 Vaginas

They proliferate in porn, so why are vulvas still a mystery? What does it feel like to have one? What do they look like outside of porn’s plastic perfection? Laura Dodsworth’s project to photograph 100 vaginas (or vulvas to be exact) prompts women from 19 to 77 to bear their souls as they bare their bits, revealing stories that range from funny to traumatic, questioning how bodies become taboo.

Kinky Sex Survey

The Kinky Sex Survey

The British may have a reputation for being somewhat prudish when it comes to talking about… you know… bedroom stuff. But what really takes place behind closed doors (and between the sheets)? This taboo-busting documentary surveyed thousands of ordinary Brits to find out what unusual fetishes, quirks and sexual games they got up to on a regular basis. Turns out they’re more kinky than you’d think.

Louis Theroux: Altered States – Choosing Death

Louis Theroux

Is it OK to choose to die? That’s the moral and legal question behind this disturbing yet empathic documentary from the British filmmaker. In the US, a growing number of states offer terminally ill people the option of ending their lives via a cocktail of drugs. But what if you want to end your life for other reasons – and what are the implications of having autonomy over your own death?

Damned in The USA

Damned in The USA

The multi award-winning film investigates the censorship battles, anti-pornography debates and culture wars between the political left and right that raged through America in the 1980s. Conservative groups began a crusade against government funding of artists, such as Robert Mapplethorpe and 2 Live Crew, who they deemed as threats to public decency and family values. Should art ever be censored?

Secrets of Sugar Baby Dating

A woman looking into the camera infront of a busy city

Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies, paired up on a website with the promise of money, gifts and a luxury lifestyle. It sounds unsavory, but is it a legitimate business? This highly revealing documentary lifts the lid of the Sugar Baby Dating phenomenon, and talks to girls who have a string of rich older men funding their lives and the women who feel damaged by the whole experience.

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