You can always trust independent publishers to approach age-old genres with quirk and inventiveness, and that’s exactly what’s happening to porn magazines today. From the artful to the personal, these magazines provide a more thoughtful experience than their top shelf predecessors, as well as an escape from their overwhelming digital counterpart. Take a look at our selection below…
Investigating sexual subcultures from a sociological point of view, Phile is an exciting and totally absorbing new launch. From an exposé on Muk-Bang, the Korean phenomenon of broadcasted feasting, to interviews with ecosexuals and original screenplays, it’s a multifaceted celebration of the weird and wonderful world of sexual fetishes. It’s also just a lovely piece of print, peppered with elegant custom fonts and finished with unglued stitch binding.
Math magazine is a self-titled progressive porn quarterly. As editor Mackenzie Peck explains in the Stack podcast, she grew tired of internet porn where questions of consent and enjoyment for the participants resulted in scenarios she neither wanted to see nor endorse. Her answer is a feminist porn magazine that retains the opportunity for discovery, much like online, but creates a “safe space” where subjects not only had a say in what was happening, but were invited to input creatively. As she tells Huck, “All I want is for porn to be for more people than just white dudes.”
Straddling the line between fine art and eroticism, Odiseo’s imaginative art direction never ceases to impress us. Quietly subversive, they eschew the conventional definition of porn magazines by disregarding gender boundaries, presenting allure and seduction through bodies and abstraction instead.
Published in Greece, Fluffer Everyday wants to excite readers through the ordinary. Filled with personal stories and photography of ‘everyday fluffers’ — a local barista, a basketball player in the park — it believes that anyone anywhere can trigger your fantasy and imagination. Unlike other magazines on the lineup, it abstains from explicit imagery, choosing penumbral portraits instead to encourage readers to create their own sensual narratives.
Arguably the first in this wave of indie erotics, Baron magazine was started as a publication wanting to blur the boundaries between pornography and art. A few years later, Baronness joined the lineup, asking what ‘sexy’ means from the perspective of a woman who is “calling the shots from beneath her black satin sheets”. But they don’t want the two to carry the dichotomy of men versus women — instead, they’re an exploration of a wide variety of different gazes.
A journal of sexual diversity published out of Australia, Archer is interested in gender and identity. Founded by Amy Middleton due to her frustration with mainstream stereotyping, it’s filled with personal, human perspectives that cover topics such as being Aboriginal and gay, being queer and Buddhist, asexuality, masturbation, and much more.
Blending eroticism and culture, Extra Extra magazine is interested in the murmured stories overheard on the train, at office parties, or other sensual corners of our daily lives. Celebrating the mundane, it presents stories as aphrodisiacs, featuring essays, personal writing, photography, illustrations and more in their pocket-sized publication.
Dedicated to “sexual visuals and concepts”, Forno is a playful art magazine from Tel Aviv. Each issue surrounds a sexual theme — think buttocks, testicles, or orgies — and invites a diverse range of artists to submit original works. The result is a ragtag selection of illustrations, comics, paintings, and photography, each entertaining in their own weird way.
Fetish, fashion, and philosophy are just some of the topics covered by Tissue magazine. The Hamburg-based publication is packed with pages of carefully curated fine art and photography, and interviews where artists speak brazenly about sex, drugs, and creativity.
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