S*x Education Star Asks Women To Share Their S*xual Fantasies With Her
In order to compile a book about women’s s*xual fantasies, actress Gillian Anderson is requesting that women give her their own fantasies.
A selection of these statements written to the 54-year-old actress, who portrays a s*x therapist named Jean Milburn in the popular Netflix series, will be published anonymously.
They will be featured in a book that is based on the book My Secret Garden: Women’s S*xual Fantasies by female liberation author; Nancy Friday, which the actress read in order to prepare for her part in S*x Education.
The 1973 book, which was released during the ‘s*x revolution’ of the 1960s and ’70s, became a cult favorite.
Anderson said: “As women, we know that s*x is about more than just s*x but so many of us don’t talk about it. Our deepest, most intimate fears and fantasies remain locked away inside of us, until someone comes along with the key.
“Here is the key. I want to hear from you. This will be an anonymous, revelatory book compiling your letters to me to explore how women think about s*x.
“Because when we talk about s*x, we talk about womanhood and motherhood, infidelity and exploitation, consent and respect, fairness and egalitarianism, love and hate, pleasure and pain.”
Three seasons of S*x Education follow the socially awkward high school student Otis, played by The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas actor; Asa Butterfield, as he negotiates relationships and s*x with his pals Maeve (Emma Mackey) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa).
Gatwa, who will portray the 15th Doctor in the upcoming season of Doctor Who, and Mackey, who has since taken on the part of Emily Bronte in the 2022 film Emily, both achieved breakthroughs as a result of the show.
Anderson wrote in a piece for the Guardian on Wednesday that the comedy-drama has been “freeing” for audiences because characters who “struggle with their s*xual relations” are shown as being “brave enough to talk about it”.
However, she said there has been an expectation since the show became a hit that people will share their “s*xual problems or fantasies” with her, but this has not happened.
She wrote: “What struck me… was the strong note of s*xual frustration that many of these women in the ’70s expressed.”
She added: “Are women still the silent s*x? I suppose that is one of the things we’re going to find out.”
Anderson said she is looking for “fantasies, frustrations, explorations, the forbidden, childhood, sounds, fetishes, guilt, insatiability”, and her invitation is open to both women and people who identify as women.
In addition to playing Margaret Thatcher in the Netflix series The Crown, for which she won the 2021 Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Anderson has had a long career in film and television. She also starred in the 2000 comedy The House Of Mirth.
She is also well-known for playing Fox Mulder’s partner in crime, Dana Scully, opposite David Duchovny’s character, Mulder, in the science fiction series The X-Files.