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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Sex and shopping'?

A type of novel where the plot revolves around the affluent consumer lifestyle and sexual encounters of the characters.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Sex and shopping'?

This genre of novel, also called 'bonkbuster' or just 'S&S', came into prominence during the 1980s. The first reference to it that I can find in print is from The Ladies' Home Journal, May 1985:

"Jackie Collins, charming, vibrant and stunningly attractive, could serve as at least a minor character in one of her sex-and-shopping-among-the-rich-and-famous page-turners."

See also - power dressing.

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