The Tangled History of the Letter X

As porn consumption reaches what may be an all-time peak, MEL Magazine writer Chris Bourn wondered “How did X become the edgiest letter?” The 24th letter in our alphabet is the second-least used, but has come to represent all things “adult” and is intrinsically connected to porn. This can be traced back to the introduction of 1968’s audience-advisory ratings, which attributed X to movies with …

Putinki + Tom of Finland Calendar

Published by Putinki with the recognizable artwork of Tom of Finland, this 2020 calendar pairs a delightfully suggestive homoerotic illustration with each month. Printed in Finland, the calendar measures 33cm by 23cm and will ship in mid-December. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tom of Finland Foundation, which works to preserve, protect and promote erotic art.

Sweden’s Affinity for Erotic Audio Books

Some 37% of the Swedish population listened to at least one audio book last year. “‘Feel good’ novels and eroticism” are driving the explosive growth in this category, Anna Riklund (the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat) explained to Swedish broadcaster SVT. In turn, several publishers in the country have launched imprints dedicated solely to new erotic content. Because of the privacy the …