We recently held a fiction contest around our Issue 9 theme of music, sponsored by women’s erotica website For the girls, and judged by its creator, Ms Naughty. We received a large number of entries[…]
Dear Reader Since its first issue in June 2009, Filaments readership, distribution and advertising has grown steadily. More people are reading Filament than ever before and according to our recent readership survey, you think its[…]
This story was one of the two runners-up in our fiction contest for Issue 9. To read the other winning stories, order Issue 9, out 1 December 2011. Author Elle Fox Illustrator Katie Hewitt
Three-year-old Jack has cerebral palsy and an autistic spectrum disorder. His mother Isabel Robson discusses the brain science behind these two conditions, and how activism and science fiction are changing our view of disability. Illustrations[…]
It began life as a medicine and anaesthetic, but recreational use caught on quickly – it was available, inexpensive and promised unpredictable journeys into other dimensions. What should a tempted experimenter know about Ketamine? Emily[…]
The naked muse is a 2012 calendar featuring womens poetry – including award-winning English poet Wendy Cope – alongside naked male muses photographed by women. Vik of Wild Women Press talks about the story behind[…]
Photography Emma Jane Richards Model Tristan Tristan, 31, Hendon, London
Teabagging is a slang term for the act of a man placing his scrotum in the mouth or on or around the face (including the top of the head) of another person, often in a[…]
Mental health conditions have long been used as Hollywood plot devices. With greater awareness nowadays meaning we see fewer ‘mentally ill’ movie monsters, Lynne Marshall wonders why Borderline personality disorder seems to have been left[…]
Dr Tuppy Owens talks about her controversial charity Outsiders, helping disabled people meet their emotional and sexual needs. Photography by Belinda Mason.
Male librarians from around the US have come together to pose for a calendar that aims to challenge stereotypes and raise funds for charity. Project co-ordinator Megan Perez talks about The men of the stacks[…]
I stretch out my hand to touch skin. My fingertips move across ribs until they find already-hard nubs, stopping on darkened flesh to play. I feel lips trace my jaw line. My eyes shut and[…]
From starring in, writing and directing porn, to gaining a PhD in Human Sexuality, to an art career that spans some 30 years, Dr Annie Sprinkle has made it her mission to show us that[…]
Conrad, 36, New York How was the shoot? It was so much fun. We only had two and a half hours to shoot before my next client, so as soon as my camera operator and[…]
With such a rich cultural history to choose from, why not look to some classics. To pull everything together Mark Chapman closed his eyes, planted a digit on a page of the nearest book (Will[…]
Games artist Hannah Crosby thinks that turning women on to game development is in the games themselves, but not where the industry thinks. Illustrations by Kate Lomax. It will come as little surprise, particularly to[…]
Thanks to everyone who answered – your answers have been very useful. This survey is now closed. As part of our mission to make Filament better every time, we’re asking our readers thoughts on our[…]
You and your rational argument. You and your theory. You and your I’m-in-a-band-but-they’re-kinda-shit. I would like to fuck all of these things and whatever else you’ve got.
Cat O’Nine Tails is one of the few female photographers today working with men as erotic subjects. Her website shot with desire brings together richly imagined photography for people of all genders and sexual orientations.[…]
Sara Passmore looks at how womens professional wrestling is moving beyond ‘bra and panties’ bouts and getting back to its roots, when women wrestlers were valued for their ability. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler: being a[…]
What can the erotic objects of pre-history tell us about how humankinds relationship with sexuality has changed over time? Jasper Wrayburn looks at some really old smut. Thinking of The World’s Oldest Porn might conjure[…]
Five days. Five miserable, edgy, angry, head-pounding days. At least my hands had stopped shaking. How did I ever let Cam and Joel talk me into this?
Comic writer and internet phenomenon Warren Ellis lays down the law on correct and proper behaviour. How much is it okay to socialise with your ex if they have a new girlfriend/boyfriend? Why are you[…]
Among other things, Zuleika Fray photographs men in wet settings. We decided to show you some and find out more about her work.
The good news if you like to read in the bath, is that despite all the talk of apps and i-whatevs, small-press womens mags are flourishing. Our readers review some recent titles.