Oh: A much-needed erotic magazine with style
Erotic magazines are back in fashion. As someone who grew up secretly gorging on Playboy and Penthouse, I still like seeing sexuality presented in that same cultural context: As fun, lighthearted, and still worthy of deeper thought. Traditionally I could only get my hands on magazines intended for straight dudes; now I’m thrilled every time a new magazine for women comes around. And here, in my own country, we finally have Oh.
Holland’s brand-new erotic magazine for women, Oh, combines erotic fiction, a photo series by Dutch erotic photographers, and interviews with a wide variety of highly modern female-oriented and feminist international figureheads including brilliant USA book editor Dian Hanson from pioneering art house publisher TASCHEN, darling Dutch sex toy innovator Rianne S of the Forbidden Fruit “Apple” fame, and charismatic USA porn star James Deen (who certainly needs no introduction, but I recommend flipping directly to page 19 for an oddly arousing photo of him wearing latex gloves and smoking a cigarette with his cock out). Plus a neat little article about vintage porn with lots of photos, and a thoughtful piece about the history of female-friendly and feminist porn by Dutch journalist/researcher Linda Duits.
It’s also kink-positive — there’s a long photo series and interview with lovers/play-partners Valerio and Nerida, among other articles. Especially in the wake of 50 Shades of Grey, I appreciate honest articles about true BDSM.
I’m honored that Oh magazine interviewed me and wrote about Blue Artichoke Films’ mission, in an article that’s six full pages long. Though I normally don’t grant access to auditions, so that the actors and actress can be maximally comfortable, auditionee Joy Iets and I conferred together and decided to let the Oh journalist Kalinka Hählen sit in so she could see our process. It was a very nice experience for all three of us.
The magazine is the brainchild of Dutch adult-magazine entrepreneur Sandy Wenderhold, alongside executive editor Debby Gerritsen and media innovator Wim Spijkers.
I hope Oh sticks around and shows us even more.
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