Filament (magazine)

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June 2010 cover
Editor Suraya Sidhu Singh
Categories Women's magazines
Frequency Quarterly / biannually[1]
First issue June 2009
Final issue December 2011
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Filament
ISSN 2041-1472

Filament was a quarterly erotic magazine aimed at women, showcasing photographs of a wide variety of men. Alongside pornographic material the magazine also included discussions on topics related to sex and other aspects of life.[2] The magazine was published in the United Kingdom and ran for 9 issues, from June 2009 to December 2011.[3]


According to the magazine's website:

Women are 10 times more likely than men to undergo cosmetic surgery and 43 times more likely than men to suffer an eating disorder. Is this because women are 'naturally' life-threateningly obsessed with their appearance, or is this in some way influenced by women's media? Many men's magazines don't discuss men's appearance, but nearly all women's magazines discuss women's appearance. Filament breaks this trend by covering a wide range of topics that inspire and engage, and giving you gorgeous boys the way you like to see them.[4]

The magazine featured both explicit and non-explicit photography of men designed for women, as distinct from that designed for gay men. The magazine claimed to use academic and primary research both to guide photographers and to assess erotic photography for publication.[5]

Erection Campaign[edit]

In August 2009 Filament magazine began a campaign to become the first UK women's magazine to publish an erection pictorial, after the printers of its first issue declined to print the second if it contained such images. Filament sought to sell 328 further copies of the first issue to finance changing printer, and succeeded.[6] The campaign attracted support from high-profile figures such as Zoe Margolis and Warren Ellis.[7]

Critical reaction[edit]

Reactions to Filament were mixed. Voxpops with women undertaken by New Zealand current affairs programme Close Up were positive,[8] whilst those undertaken by British chat show The Wright Stuff were mainly negative.[9] Some blogs were positive in their reception of the magazine, citing it as "a highly researched, beautifully bound publication chock full of both saucy males posing for the camera and intelligent articles"[10] with "not just your emaciated pretty boys, they cover quite a range of the male form."[11]


  1. ^ Suraya Sidhu Singh (4 November 2010). "Changes to Filament's publishing schedule". Filament magazine. LiveJournal. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Jerome (28 May 2009). "Can an ex-civil servant finally persuade women to buy erotica?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Suraya (November 2011). "All Good Things Must Come To An End". Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "FAQ". Archived from the original on 26 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Female Gaze, Filament Magazine website". Archived from the original on 19 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Filament magazine erection campaign page". Archived from the original on 9 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Kristina Lloyd; Mathilde Madden (13 August 2009). "A limp response to women's erotica". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Close Up: Taranaki girl creates new sex mag". Television New Zealand. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Simon Kendrick (7 June 2009). "Filament magazine – for the female gaze - Curiously Persistent". Curiously Persistent. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Exoskeleton Cabaret". 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  11. ^ "Squidge Mag". June 2009. 

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