Penthouse Forum

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First issueMarch 1968; 55 years ago (1968-03)
CompanyPenthouse World Media
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States

Penthouse Forum, sometimes simply Forum, is a magazine owned by Penthouse World Media, the publishers of Penthouse magazine.

History and profile[edit]

Penthouse Forum was started in March 1968 in the UK and featured letters, articles on health, medicine psychology and social relationships.[1] Its subtitle was International Journal of Human Relations.[1] The first American edition of Penthouse Forum was published in 1971 and became the fastest-growing national magazine by 1978.[1] In the 1970s, Forum was one of the most-sold magazines in America.[2] In 1996, Forum had 400,000 subscribers.[3]

The "letters" section of the magazine became popular, resulting in the creation of another Penthouse publication, Penthouse Letters.[4]

Notable contributors[edit]

Many of the editorial staff and half of the letterwriters whose contributions were published were women.[1]

Alastair Campbell, a journalist and Tony Blair's former Director of Communications, was a contributor to the magazine,[5][6] as was Chad Varah, the founder of The Samaritans charity and an Anglican priest, who was a consultant on sex education for the magazine.

In July 2006 the rights to the UK edition were licensed to Trojan Publishing.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d McEntire, Dee L. (1992). "Erotic Storytelling: Sexual Experience and Fantasy Letters in Forum Magazine". Western Folklore. 51 (1): 81–96. doi:10.2307/1499646. ISSN 0043-373X. JSTOR 1499646.
  2. ^ Lupton, David Walker (1979-03-20). "Newsstand Magazines and the Public Library". Public Library Quarterly. 1 (1): 69–79. doi:10.1300/J118v01n01_07. ISSN 0161-6846.
  3. ^ Russell, Diana E. H. (1998-05-14). Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape. SAGE. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7619-0525-7.
  4. ^ Jenkins, Henry (2006). ""He's in the Closet but He's Not Gay": Male-Male Desire in Penthouse Letters". In Lehman, Peter (ed.). Pornography: Film and Culture. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-3871-6.
  5. ^ Maev Kennedy (30 November 2010). "Bad sex award goes to novelist Rowan Somerville". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ Rocha, Leon Antonio (2012-09-01). "The way of sex: Joseph Needham and Jolan Chang". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Centre and Periphery in the Eighteenth-Century Habsburg 'Medical Empire'. 43 (3): 611–626. doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2012.04.002. ISSN 1369-8486. PMID 22652507.
  7. ^ Simon Bowers, "Flotation for porn publisher", The Guardian, 12 February 2008

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