History and profile
Penthouse Forum was started in March 1968 and featured letters, articles on health, medicine psychology and social relationships. Its subtitle was International Journal of Human Relations. An American edition was published from 1971 and was the fastest-growing national magazine by 1978. In the 1970s, Forum was one of the most-sold magazines in America. In 1996, Forum had 400,000 subscribers.
The letters section of the magazine became popular so another publication, Penthouse Letters, was created to feature these.
Many of the editorial staff and half of the letterwriters whose contributions were published were women.
Alastair Campbell, a journalist and Tony Blair's former Director of Communications, was a contributor to the magazine, as was Chad Varah, the founder of The Samaritans charity and an Anglican priest, who was a consultant on sex education for the magazine.
- 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.
- 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.
- Russell, Diana E. H. (1998-05-14). Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape. SAGE. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7619-0525-7.
- 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.
- Maev Kennedy (30 November 2010). "Bad sex award goes to novelist Rowan Somerville". the Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- 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.
- Simon Bowers, "Flotation for porn publisher", The Guardian, 12 February 2008
- Official website
- Betsy Andrews "Happily married couples gone wild!", Salon.com
- June 1976, full article featuring McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s shop SEX