I never write sex scenes with the intention of shocking or creating a talking point. At the outset we decided we would show the sex rather than cutting away from it, because you learn a lot about who a character is through the way they have sex.  So yes, all the scenes you mentioned were never meant to be representations of tender love-making, they were meant to establish Frankie’s nihilistic frame of mind at that time.  The sex scenes in Lip Service come under so much more scrutiny than the countless sex scenes in straight shows. I think because there are so few attempts at authentically representing lesbian sex on screen, some of the lesbian audience want the scenes they do get to be a reflection of their own sex lives. We’re all so different, and have sex in countless different ways, so obviously that isn’t always going to happen. 

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