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FILAMENT Magazine And The Erection Dilemma

The beautifully-produced London-based magazine FILAMENT has a problem.

Explicit images of women are available at any newsagent, but Filament, the world’s only magazine featuring male pictorials designed for the female gaze, is finding itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to printing explicit images of men.

Filament only prints explicit images when these are of high photographic and erotic quality, and clearly designed for women – we won’t ever be putting hard cocks on every page. The problem is, all the printers that a small, independent magazine like Filament can afford have said they won’t print images of the male of the species in a state of obvious arousal. Reasons given include that printing these images may cause offence to ’women’s groups’.

If they can sell another 300 copies of FILAMENT #1, they’ll have the money to switch to a printer that isn’t terrified of the cock, and then they can

make history and print (we’re pretty sure) the first explicit male pictorial in a British women’s magazine.

Link to the fundraising page. And, here, a link to the purchase page. Obviously, click around the site and have a nose at it. I thought it was a lovely object, and I know Niki enjoyed looking at it, although there was, to her taste, a distinct lack of morbidly obese beardy men with all their hair burned off.

I’m told that the chances are good that, if they can switch printers, the first such pictorial will probably be shot by Lex Machina, whose work I’ve shown here on the site from time to time. So, if you can help, you can feel good about that, too.

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  1. Thanks, Warren. The magazine needs all the help it can get, and I stand behind Suraya’s vision for it 100%. I’ve been laying out and photographing for the recipe spreads, and boy, would it be nice to show a cucumber standing at attention rather than just a pile of lemons. ;)

  2. dirk dirk

    Good to see someone’s taking a stand against the seeming obligatory feebleness in mainstream media.

  3. dirk dirk

    Always good to see people taking a stand against the obligatory feebleness in media.

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