March 16th, 2005 by Erocon Print This Page Printed periodicals featuring racy stories along with titillating art and photography were widely circulated in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century onward. The National Police Gazette (1845-1932) was one of the first examples of this popular genre, exploiting the public’s morbid fascination with crime and sin. It reached a peak circulation of half a million by the turn of the century. Magazines featuring nudists, pin-ups, burlesque dancers, and artist’s models all flourished into the 1950s and 60s.
The modern era of the erotic magazine began in 1953 with Hugh Hefner’s Stag Party, later renamed to Playboy. Playboy eventually became, and still remains, one of the most successful and universally recognized leisure brands throughout the world. Bob Guccione followed in 1965 with Penthouse, which featured more daring pictorials than those in Playboy. Shortly thereafter, 1967 saw the creation of Advocate for gay men, with more titles soon to follow aimed at this distinct, but parallel market. In 1974, Larry Flynt broke the mold with the more explicit Hustler, ushering in the golden era of the newsstand-distributed adult magazine. By the time of its peak in the mid 1980s, over 100 titles had a combined monthly circulation of 21 million in the U.S. and Canada alone. Playboy led the pack with 4.5 million, followed closely by Penthouse at 3.8 million, and Hustler at over a million.1

Because these magazines were widely available in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike through ordinary retail outlets such as convenience stores and newsstands, their content was subject to varying levels of scrutiny and sporadic censorship at the local level. Wholesalers and retailers would often make their own decisions about the suitability of a particular issue for their market, and pull riskier content from their shelves. As a result, the industry developed unwritten standards designed to avoid such trouble. Explicit display of female genitals (so-called "beaver" or "pink" shots) was common from the mid-seventies onward; however, no penetration of any kind was shown. Pictorial layouts also frequently featured opposite-sex and same-sex couples, but direct oral-genital or genital-genital contact was avoided, as were male erections. Thus, portrayals of simulated sex and poses suggesting oral and genital sex about to occur were the norm for many years.

Meanwhile, so-called "hardcore" magazines featuring uncensored and explicit depictions of almost every kind of sexual activity were available in much more limited distribution through urban-area sex shops and mail order companies. These first appeared as European imports in the early 1970s, with titles such as Private from Sweden, Color Climax from Denmark, and Pleasure from Germany. These were eventually followed by domestically produced titles from Gourmet Editions, Parliament Publications, and many more. These magazines were generally of higher quality than their mass-market cousins, were printed on heavier stock, and had significantly higher cover prices, some as high as $50.00.

In the late 1990s, intense competitive pressure from porn available on the Internet began to severely impact the circulation figures of the softcore newsstand magazines. Driven by the economic need for survival, and the perception that obscenity standards were becoming more relaxed, magazines such as Penthouse and Hustler began testing the waters with more and more explicit pictorials. At first they showed obvious penetration that was nevertheless obscured at the point of entry by a shadow, camera angle, or the model’s hand; but soon all artifice was abandoned and the rest of the surviving titles in the leaner newsstand magazine market followed suit with hardcore pictorials. Previously taboo subjects such as bondage, urination, and anal sex also made their debut and continue to be shown in more specialized niche publications such as Taboo and Nugget.

Today most publishers of men’s magazines have diversified into adult video production and Internet sites, leveraging their brand recognition to play in these more profitable markets. One magazine that failed to weather the evolving economic climate was Penthouse. By 2003 its circulation had fallen below 500,000 (while Playboy held steady at about 3.2 million) and the company was forced to declare bankruptcy. The new owner of Penthouse intends to eliminate the hardcore pictorials and transform it into a much tamer magazine, designed to compete with mainstream nudity-free titles like Maxim and Stuff

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Etymology / Definition of Masturbation The word masturbation is derived from the Greek word mezea ('penises') and the Latin verb masturbare ('to defile by hand or to disturb by hand'). Masturbation can be defined as deliberate self stimulation of ones genitals. As the etymology of the word suggests, hands are generally used to arouse the sexual organs which may result in orgasm. Men may fondle or stroke their penis with their hand or touch other erroneous zones (like the scrotum or anus). Women often rub the vulva, or gently stroke the clitoris and the minor lips (labia minora). Some women simultaneously play with the nipples of their breasts. Instead of using their hands, both males and females may also rub their genitals against some object, such as a pillow. Some females can reach orgasm by riding a bicycle or a horse. Masturbation commonly refers to sexual activities done alone (autoeroticism), but can be a sexual act between people. This is referred to as mutual masturbation, where one person stimulates their own genitals or their partners. Many people find the sight of their partner masturbating highly erotic. visit


There are many special masturbation aids on the market. The most common of these is the artificial penis, also known as a dildo (from the Italian diletto - "delight"). Dildos can be made of wood, rubber, plastic or glass. Vibrators are also popular sex toys. They are like dildos, but battery powered or electric. Great for masturbation as well as partner sex play. Babeland have a great selection of sex toys. Watching pornography, reading erotica or cultivating sexual fantasies are common aids to masturbate. Humans are not the only animals to masturbate. Many other mammals have been known to masturbate in the wild and in captivity. Female Masturbation Techniques There are many different techniques women may employ to masturbate. Through experimentation, a personal preference may be found which gives that particular woman the most exquisite pleasure. Some common techniques are: *Inserting one or more fingers into the vagina to stroke the frontal wall of the vagina where the g-spot is located. * Stroking the clitoris and / or massaging the breasts. * In the bathtub or shower, using warm running water to stimulate the clitoris. * Lying face down and straddling a pillow (or something similar) and rubbing the vulva and clitoris against it. * Standing up, the corner of an item of furniture, or even a washing machine, can be used to stimulate the genitals. * Some women can orgasm by crossing their legs tightly and clenching the pelvic or leg muscles, which creates pressure and enhances blood flow to the genitals. Techniques, Sexual Response & Multiple Orgasms From the website: 'Women commonly masturbate by rubbing or applying pressure to the clitoris, mons, lips of the vagina, or some combination of these areas. The methods by which they do this varies greatly. Fingers or other devices may be used to rub the shaft of the clitoris in an up-and-down motion on either or both sides, or the shaft may be rubbed in a circular fashion. The vaginal lips may be gently pulled; this movement of the inner lips causes the loose skin covering the clitoris to move back and forth, creating a pleasurable sensation. Because the glans of the clitoris is highly sensitive, prolonged stimulation usually becomes irritating, and thus it is not often used as the focus of masturbation. Relatively few women (some sexologists estimate about 20%) insert anything into their vaginas while masturbating. Those who do usually insert just barely into the opening. However, some women completely insert fingers, dildos, vibrators, and other objects, such as bananas and cucumbers, during masturbation. All these methods may involve the use of various kinds of lubricants, and many women stimulate their breasts while stimulating their genitals. Some women use washcloths, clothing, pillows, furs, silks, or other such devices to aid their stimulation. Most women prefer lying on their backs, but some prefer standing or sitting. While standing or sitting, a woman may rub against certain objects, such as doorknobs, dresser drawer pulls, the edge of chairs, or bedposts. The woman may cross her legs and increase the pressure on her genitals by contracting her lower abdominal, gluteal, and thigh muscles. Water massages may be used. Some women derive sexual stimulation while riding a bicycle or a horse, activities that were at one time forbidden to women for that very reason. Female sexual response to masturbation is about the same as for males. Some women have reported orgasm 30 seconds from the start of self-stimulation, while the usual time is a little less than four minutes. Because of a woman's ability to have multiple orgasms, she may maintain her threshold of orgasm far longer than a man. ... When mutual masturbation is employed during intercourse, it may greatly enhance sexual response; some women report that they receive more intense pleasure from masturbation either by themselves or by their partner than they do from coitus, especially if their partner is a male who has only slight potency. This is because the clitoris receives little direct stimulation during pelvic thrusting in the missionary position.'



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Definition of Sexual Fetish
First described by Sigmund Freud in 1887, sexual fetishism is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object. 

A fetish is an object, not a body part. According to psychology or psychiatric terminology there is no such thing as a 'foot fetish'. That is called a partialism. This is when a part of the body is an extremely important part to achieve sexual arousal. A shoe though, could be a fetish.

A fetish is when a person is sexually aroused by a specific object or objects and is generally unable to achieve sexual satisfaction without that object being present.

What makes a fetish 'fetishism' by definition is that it interferes with your life. It's not just something you like to do, but something you have to do. In other words, there is no other way to have an orgasm except with a shoe, bra or panties present, or whatever that person is into.


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