By now, you know that we love sex, and you may also know that we’re big nerds who love to read. So we jumped at the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the second issue of Salacious, a queer feminist sex magazine.(Full disclosure – both of us are Internet friends with someone interning with the magazine. We got a free preview of the magazine, but that’s it.)
According to its website, Salacious “aims to meld pornography with high art; comics with erotica; titillation with stunning visuals.” Issue #2, with its theme of voyeurism and exhibitionism, delivers on that promise. Its 60+ pages are packed with short stories, poetry, comics, essays, and photos that feature people and characters of a diverse array of sexes, genders, sexual orientations, races, sizes, kinky interests, etc. As you’d expect, it definitely falls into the “not safe for work” category; it isn’t a magazine you’d probably be able to read on your lunch break at work or on the treadmill at the gym, but much of its content is so hot that you’d probably want to enjoy it in privacy – or semi-privacy, in keeping with this issue’s theme!
Future Mr. paperispatient was a fan of a lot of the photography in the magazine, including a sexy solo picture set in a library or bookstore and a two-page spread from the Crash Pad series done especially for Salacious. Paperispatient really liked Kyle Jones’s short story “Other Duties,” which featured a technological spin on a classic porn/erotica trope (someone sort-of-accidentally stumbling on a couple having sex and then sticking around to watch), and she also liked the short article about the seventh San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, which has been taking place every two years since 1998. Paperispatient was reading the magazine before bed the night she had a very, er, explicit dream featuring Johnny Depp morphing between sexes and genders, and she credits the magazine for that. (THANK YOU.)
And we were both big fans of “I See You,” a short story by Alexandra Johnson; in the story, a femme woman takes a cute boi home from the bar for some bondage and flogging in the kitchen, and the whole thing was just really hot. (We really liked how the author made consent both explicit and sexy, incorporating it really well without slowing down the narrative or affecting the tone. Again, we are nerds.)
This may sound strange, but something else we both really liked about the magazine was its ads – from full-page spreads for Smitten Kitten and the Carter Johnson Leather Library to smaller ads for various feminist magazines and sex-related websites, the ads fit in with both the subject matter and with the magazine’s inclusive, intersectional approach.
If you prefer your sex/porn/erotica vanilla and/or with cis man-woman couples (and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that if you do), this may not float your boat, but we were both impressed with the quality and diversity of the submissions and really enjoyed reading it. If this sounds like your cup of tea (boats, tea, we’re just mixing metaphors now), you can order this issue on Salacious’s website or pick it up from one of the retailers listed there.
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