On the Frontlines with LESTE Mag: Championing a New Era of Erotic Print

This essay was originally published on Slutever

Beautifully designed and printed erotic magazines are having a renaissance (think: Odiseo, Phile, Math, and Archer), and at the helm of the most interesting and subversive publications are a constellation of women dedicated to reimagining – and re-sourcing – the complex conversations surrounding sex, sexuality and the erotic.

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Boys' Love: The Gay Erotica Taking China by Storm

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In 1997, the government of the People’s Republic of China decriminalized homosexuality. It wasn’t until four years later, in 2001, that homosexuality was officially declassified as a mental illness. Today, mainstream society in mainland China is still ambivalent – but more often than not, hostile – towards non-normative sexualities. In 2017, China is a conservative culture with deeply ingrained social and gendered hierarchies and a highly regulated (read: censored) internet. So, how does a form of (mostly online) gay erotica consumed primarily by straight women come to flourish into a major industry?

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On Algis Norvila's Photo Series “Memento”

The containers in Norvila’s photo series “Memento” – primarily wooden drawers, but on occasion simply white space – accommodate what he calls “the things needed to keep a house going.” That the maintenance of a house (and creation of a home) is something of a Sisyphean task – a painstaking race against inevitable decay – is attested to in these photos. And yet the contents of the drawers, tins, buckets and white space in the photographs interpose a sense of stillness, a hermetic containment of time, an embalming. “Memento” grapples with this tension between static and dynamic modes of remembering and re-articulation.

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Pics or It Didn't Happen: Images Banned From Instagram

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Throughout our three-way Skype session, L.A.-based Arvida makes breakfast, clanging pots and pans, and New York-based Molly sits in front of a sparkly purple and pink curtain – a surreal and fitting stage for our discussion of Internet performativity and visible/invisible histories.

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A Reading of a Transcript of a Rally

On November 6th, 2016, a group of artists and writers gathered in front of a crowd on the High Line in New York City and read responses to Zoe Leonard’s seminal 1992 text ‘I want a president’ – which had been blown up and wheatpasted onto a nearby wall. The book that grew from this pre-election rally is I want a president: Transcript of a Rally.

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A Brief History of CyberFeminism

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Like all so-called “histories”, this one is imperfect, and incomplete. This Brief History is a 6-point look at a few of the movements, exhibitions and theories that make up cyberfeminism - whatever that may mean. It’s a curated patchwork held loosely together by a common feminist hope for, and vision of, the future - a more subversive, metallic, raucous, queer future populated by hacker chicks and cyborg femmes.

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