Cultural historian Dr Fern Riddell appears regularly on tv and radio as an expert in Victorian sex and suffrage, and if anyone knows their history in this area, it’s Fern. With that in mind, I asked her why she felt sex history was an important subject to study she told me that “sex, in its absence or in its insistence, drives so much of our history it is laughable to argue any field of research does not need to examine it”.