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A great article about pornography for women and the Dutch television channel Dusk, by Suraya Sidhu Singh:
“It’s recently come to worldwide attention that a television channel featuring only porn aimed at women – Dusk – is thriving in The Netherlands, and has been for three years. The channel features the work of prominent female porn directors such as Erika Lust and Jennifer Lyon Bell, and a range of other explicit adult films aimed at women.”
“The changing world of porn for women indicates that if women aren’t increasingly holding the purse strings and calling the shots ourselves, we’re at least starting to be involved far more in the design and production of that which targets us as consumers.”
P.S.: my country makes me proud!
After the slightly tempestuous raging in my last two blog posts, I feel the need to compensate with something good and positive – with men and monsters.
As a teenager I was a passionate dreamer, both during the day and at night. My favourite dreams where about vampires. At first the dreams were mostly nightmares, heavily inspired by horror movies I had seen and the fears that those movies had woken up in me. Bus as I got older, the vampire became my object of desire. In exchange for some of my blood, the vampire would sexually pleasure me in ways I could not imagine. The deal was of course not to kill me – which made it even more exciting and oh so dangerous. Movies like Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview With A Vampire fed these fantasies even more. And now we have True Blood… Mhh…
In the editorial of the 6th issue of Filament Magazine, The Myths and Monsters Special, Suraya Sidhu Singh explains why women are attracted to the dark creatures of the night:
“… Women like these powerful and dangerous creautures because they’re bad boys, and apparently, deep down that’s what we all want.”
Of course the reality of a bad boy is usually not as much fun as it may seem. But then:
“A sensible person doesn’t confuse fantasy and reality, and yet perhaps anything we see of hear can change us in ways we might not perceive.”
What has this great new issue to offer: first of all wonderful shoots of men visualizing our fantasies – I love the werewolf ladies shoot and needless to say the vampire! – and steamy stories to match. The smart reading is provided by teacher and freelance journalist Kate Townshend, who shares the why’s and hows of LARP (live-action role-play). Ruby Goldstein reveals shocking facts about sex education for children and teenage pregnancies and Megan Kerr writes about an illness that affects one out of ten women, Endometriosis. And there is more, much more.
Again another issue that needs to be waiting for you on your bedside table.
But beware when the clock strikes twelve…
What would the perfect sexy magazine for women look like? Would it contain pictures of uncharismatic men, who spend each and every hour in the gym and have nothing interesting to say? Would it have articles about the ten hottest sex positions to keep your partner happy? Would it share the latest gossip about celebrities and their amourous escapades? Would half the content be reserved for advertisements about losing weight, make-up and vaginal rejuvenation? Would it, really?
If that is what you are looking for, then Filament is not the magazine for you. Thank god.
You must know by now, that in my opinion men and women are not as different as we are programmed to believe. We like watching naked men, we enjoy watching pornography and we love reading steamy fiction that makes our ears glow red. We want wild, lustful sex, and would skip the romantic candle light dinner without thinking twice if we know that mindblowing, orgasmic craziness is what awaits us afterwards.
When it comes to erotic magazines for women, it is easy: we want good and clever articles – about various topics. We want erotic fiction that is hot, direct and stimulates our lustful fantasies. We want images of natural, authentic looking men, men who make us curious, men we want to touch, men we can meet in real life… This is exactly what you get with Filament.
I have the first four issues lying on my desk. Each and every copy has been a pleasure to read. I love the article by Hannah Crosby in issue nr. 4, “Putting women in games”, about games for women and women in the games industry. Crosby says we do not require games for women: “We’re playing these games (games for men) because we want to be in the driver’s seat, take control and kick arse.”
“… all that is needed, is to acknowledge that women do play these games, and to temper the sexism.” Isn’t it the same with pornography?
“A Beginner’s Guide to Pegging” by Kasumi Archer in issue nr. 2, obviously stole my heart . Other topics you can read about, are music, women and professional wrestling, gay for girls, bondage techniques, recipes, etc., etc. Plus: lots of naughty fiction, and lots of sexy pictures of real men. By the way, Filament was the first magazine in the UK to show an erection!
What I also like, are the interviews with the ‘models’. No superficial chit chat, but questions that offer some insight into the person behind the body.
To all you men-lovers out there, I have one thing to say: ladies, get yourself an issue of Filament, and convince yourself that a quality magazine that is hot and smart is possible.
Keep up the good work, Filament!
P.S: Thank you, Lyn, for suggesting this magazine to me!