Sex Down Under by Matty Silver

Sex is an area of life that historically has been associated with embarrassment or shame and inhibits many Australians having a healthy attitude to sex. Matty Silver is originally from The Netherlands, but has lived in Australia for more than thirty years, giving her an international and unique perspective on the Australian sex psyche.

Her reason for writing is to break down and de-mystify some of the taboos and barriers around sex and encouraging people to feel more comfortable to talk about it. Matty is open-minded, has a wicked sense of humour and brings wide-ranging experience to her profession as a sex therapist and writer. She has learned over the years that there’s no such thing as a “normal” sex life and no two people are likely to agree on the minefield topic of sex.

The book deals, in short chapters, with many of the issues she encounters in her counselling room. Some of the conditions discussed within these pages may be unfamiliar or confronting, however the aim is to help readers understand that most of these issues are commonly experienced and can be resolved. Matty will share important insights from ten years’ spent helping people to move past challenges and improve their sex lives. She points out that making our sexual experiences more fulfilling, we need to shift our attitude; sex needs to become a natural and healthy part of everyday life.



Sex work law reform Victoria

Sex Work Research Hub (UK)


Interview with Dan Savage (Savage Lovecast) on Male Escorting

Interview on SESTA-FOSTA Legislation and its impacts on sex workers

The Future of sex work – photo essay

Male escorts catering to more women and couples as legal reform lags

New App Aims to improve safety of sex workers


 A short film on female and male sex workers in Britain by Scarlett Redman


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