Grayson Perry reviews the Erotic Awards finalists’ exhibition in London…

“I was dreading a show of sub-Helmut Newton, sixth-form fetish fantasies set in sci-fi clichés or, golly gosh, I say, isn’t sex sooper fun Carry On “humour”. What I found was a curiously heartwarming display of what is hot and socially innovative in the sex industry … The awards will be given out at the Night of the Senses on September 2, a huge event described as the “Glastonbury of sex” … All this is a long way from the orchestrated outrage about the sex industry in the tabloids, what Owens calls “double porn” in that the reader is twice rewarded, once for sharing in the disgust and once in being titillated by the porn itself.”