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Porn Mags for Women NSFW: Filament

April 26, 2010

Okay, so if porn in the description means you can’t look at this until work is over, check it out at home.  I have found, on the Jezebel site, a review of the “thinking woman’s porn,” which I have trouble with because why think when horny?  But then again, if you want to read articles about tea cakes while perusing rope bondage instructions, then it appears Filament may be just your cup of tea.

According to reviewers on Jezebel, the articles are pretty good, and the male model is lacking in fully ethnic variations, but the photos are hot.  Sounds good to me.  I don’t know where to buy it, but interesting enough. Whoops, almost posted the entire article, complete with cock shots sure to get you in trouble (it appears the vag shots are more accepted), but here is the part of the critique I found appealing:

Singh, for her part, had me from hello – her editor’s letter, that is:

[T]he single most controversial thing about Filament isn’t the cocks; it’s that we have some content that isn’t about sex. Our critics have honed in on this fact obsessively, bleating that there’s nothing erotic about recipes or articles about population control. Many marketers, publishers and distributors have looked at me with pity as if – oh, silly me! – I’d slipped and accidentally dropped in an article about women and the games industry.

Plenty of men’s magazines contain beautiful naked people and some articles that aren’t sex related, but apply the same model to a women’s magazine and it becomes, in the words of one distributor, ‘confusing.’ The people who decide what fills magazine racks are confused by the idea that women can be interested in perving on hot men as well as the big questions of society, like tolerance, or even little questions like, how do I bake a tea cake? The rest of us call this being human.

Indeed, why is it such a major revelation that women like to be visually stimulated? Though I often crack on Cosmo, one of the things I’ve always appreciated is that the magazine acknowledges that women want to oogle scantily clad men every now and again. And, according to current editor Kate White, the inclusion of more eye candy was a direct result of reader feedback. So why are so many ladymags so slow to catch up to the trend?

In addition to the professionally photographed guys who grace most of the pages,Filament has a “female gazing” section, where readers can submit pictures of the men in their life for other women’s appreciation.

I like the idea of appreciating other women’s men too, because it invites a sharing of sexuality not usually promoted for women, just in men’s mags where you submit amateur shots of your girlfriend’s tits.  Woohoo for equal treatment with the male shots.

Lots of my friends buy Cosmo for the sex advice/pictorials, and even my 7o-some grandmother had subscribed to Redbook and discussed sex advice although her husband had been dead for 30 years.  (By the way oral sex was for “pigs,” because “what’s wrong with the real way…”)

So, take one for the team and purchase the magazine.  If it’s not to your flavor, there are suggestions for one called Catnip too.  If anyone has seen them, I would be happy to hear comments, Dear Readers.

Comments on the Jezebel site have been excerpted below (seems Grandmas may be similar):

The early issues are definitely a little rough and ready but the articles are smart and there’s tons of variation in what’s published. And to make it even better, a friend of mine is having her fiction published in it soon 🙂

Recommended to all, go and buy and enjoy. I loaned them to my 81 year old grandmother and she asked me to order her a copy next time I bought it. Win!

Another comment, this time regarding how women would be able to read this in public:

I think this may be where e-readers find a purpose. Though I suppose people would be inclined to look over your shoulder at the naked men, even if they couldn’t tell from across the train.

Then it just moved to “go ahead and look” with commentary about the porn profiled:

This can’t be porn for women… I didn’t see a single picture of a guy doing housework.

Mmm, men and mops.  What else Readers?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 4, 2010 5:48 pm

    Sure, this isn’t porn for women, have you ever seen pornsites for women? women can have the sex they want, just look for it. Men’s can’t

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