Diana Cage

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Diana Cage
Born San Diego, California
Occupation Author
Nationality American

Diana Cage is an American feminist author, editor, cultural critic and radio personality. Her work examines sexuality, feminism, and LGBT culture. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.


Cage began writing about sex and culture while interning under editor Lisa Palac at the San Francisco-based magazine Future Sex. In 2000, Cage's editorial work and extensive writing on sex and sexuality converged when she was hired as editor at the landmark lesbian magazine On Our Backs. During her tenure there, Cage operated the magazine according to her radical beliefs about sex and sexual identity, expanding the magazine's vision of what constituted lesbian sex. Erstwhile publisher of both On Our Backs and Girlfriends (magazine), Heather Findlay, praised Cage's "lack of self censorship" as an editor, saying, "[Cage] is not uptight about all forms of lesbian sexual expression. She really has no prejudgments about alternative sexuality."[1] Cage has likewise been praised as an "unapologetic pioneer" in the evolution of progressive, sex-positive lesbian culture.[2]

Cage resigned as editor in 2005, after editing a number of On Our Backs anthologies. The Publishing Triangle named Cage's On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex one of the Most Notable Books of 2004.[3]

From 2006 to 2009 Cage was host of The Diana Cage Show on SiriusXM[4] The show was celebrated for Cage's bombastic monologues,[5] incisive commentary on current events, and unflinching advice on love and sex.[1]


In 2004 Cage published the IPPY award nominated, Box Lunch: A Layperson's Guide to Cunnilingus. Subsequent books include Threeways: Fulfill Your Ultimate Fantasy, and Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, as well as the On Our Backs Guide to Lesbian Sex, and On Our Backs: The Best Erotic Fiction. Her writing has been included anthologies, journals and magazines. She was a regular columnist for several magazines including Girlfriends, Kitchen Sink, Shewired, Frontiers, Good Vibes, Ourchart, and Velvetpark. In 2008 Cage was named one of GO magazine's 100 Women We Love.[6]

In 2012 Cage wrote Mind-Blowing Sex: A Woman's Guide, a critical guide book that discusses the role that sexual liberation plays in a woman's ability to enjoy sex.[7] Beginning with a brief historical overview, the book discusses the history of female sexual oppression and liberation.[8][9]

Cage's most recent book is the Lambda Award-nominated Lesbian Sex Bible: The New Guide to Sexual Love for Same Sex Couples.[10][11]


Cage teaches at Pratt Institute. She has also taught at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and University of the Arts.


  • Cage, Diana (2004). On our backs guide to lesbian sex. Los Angeles, California: Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555838058.
  • Cage, Diana (2004). On our backs: the best erotic fiction (volume 2). Los Angeles, California: Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555838423.
  • Cage, Diana (2004). Box lunch: a layperson's guide to cunnilingus. Los Angeles, California: Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555838492.
  • Cage, Diana (2004). Bottoms up: writing about sex. Brooklyn, New York Berkeley, California: Soft Skull Press. ISBN 9781932360295.
  • Cage, Diana (2006). Threeways: fulfil your ultimate fantasy. Los Angeles, California London: Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555839390.
  • Cage, Diana (2007). Girl meets girl: a dating survival guide. New York: Alyson Books. ISBN 9781555839895.
  • Cage, Diana (2012). Mind-blowing sex: a woman's guide. Berkeley, California: Seal Press. ISBN 9781580053891.
  • Cage, Diana (2014). The lesbian sex bible: the complete guide to sexual love for same-sex couples. Beverly, Massachusetts: Quiver. ISBN 9781592336142.


  • Huffington Post Live, What Does it Mean to Identify as Queer, June 28, 2013
  • Huffington Post Live, Decoding the Lesbian Mystique, June 24, 2013
  • SiriusXM, recurring guest, The Derek and Romaine Show, 2004–2012
  • SiriusXM, host, The Diana Cage Show, 2007–2009
  • LOGO, featured commenter, CBS News on Logo, 2008
  • Canal Jimmy (Italy), featured commenter, The L Word promo, 2007
  • Here!, interview, Girls on Girls, September 2008
  • Here!, interview, Here with Josh and Sara, August 2008
  • Here!, featured commenter, Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Seasons 1 and 2, 2006, 2008
  • SiriusXM, interview, The Michaelangelo Signorile Show, 2007
  • Blowfish, producer and host, The Radio Blowfish Variety Show, 2005–2006
  • Sex TV (Canada), featured commenter, Lesbian Erotica, 2002


  1. ^ a b Buchanan, Wyatt (August 5, 2005). "PROFILE / She makes a living thinking about sex - SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corp. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Morris, Gary (June 1, 2007). "Closing the Closet: QDoc: The 2007 Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival". Bright Lights Film Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "The most notable lesbian books of 2004". publishingtriangle.org. Publishing Triangle. 2004. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Saulmon, Greg (September 27, 2007). "Fringe Benefits: Diana Cage (blog)". MassLive.com. The Republican. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  5. ^ Loceef, Jenna V. "Diana Cage Tackles the Humorless Lesbian Myth". Curve. Avalon Media. 17 (9). Archived from the original on February 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "100 Women We Love 2008". GO. Amy Lesser. July 9, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  7. ^ "Mind-Blowing Sex". Seal Press. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Interview". radio.blowfish.com. Radio Blowfish.
  9. ^ Tallon-Hicks, Yana (May 1, 2012). "Mind blowing sex with Diana Cage". Curve. Avalon Media.
  10. ^ Edit team (March 4, 2015). "The 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists". lambdaliterary.org. Lambda Literary Foundation.
  11. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (June 2, 2015). "Lambda Literary Awards laud best gay, lesbian and transgender books". Los Angeles Times.

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