Tied in knots, literal and figurative. Tied to our passions. Untangling our desires, our egos, and our motivations.
Ties bind us, metaphorically and physically. Ties tether us, to our beliefs, to our projects, and to our people.
Rigger and photographer The Dark Arts starts us off with a gorgeous gallery of one of my favorite humans in the sex work space—Jiz Lee. You might recognize Jiz from the Mostly Non-Binary issue. The Dark Arts does absolutely stunning rope work, and I’m pleased to have them as a contributor.
I spoke with pornographers Morgana Muses and Josie Hess of Permission 4 Pleasure about their work. I met Morgana at an event for Jiz Lee’s Coming Out Like a Porn Star and was immediately fascinated. Morgana’s story, told in the documentary Morgana, says a lot about the business of new pornography. I had a conversation with Anarella of explicit educational project Sex School. And I interviewed Corwin Prescott about his photography book Into the Wild. We’re all, one way or another, tied to our work via our passion.
Luna Malbroux untangles our desire to get excited about depictions of consent in romance works like the Bridgerton TV series, and exposes what still needs work. Guy New York brings us the second part of his story Bisexual Men Are More Likely to be Murderers, illustrated again by Sasha Martinez. And poet (and friend) Sonja Vitow contributes a beautiful poem called “I’M NOT IMPRESSED BY YOUR BIG DICK” that touches on the way heterosexual cismen tie their egos and worth to their protruding genitalia.
Steve Ronin contributes two galleries—Sweetpea, Syd, and I on a carousel horse, and myself alone in a fur coat—and another episode of TALES written by always awesome April Would. There’s another video, shot by Steve, of Syd, Sweetpea, and I engaging in, well, shenanigans. It’s a glimpse back into the world before we all went into lockdown. Last, but certainly not least, Ruckus—who I’ve had a porn crush on for multiple years—closes us out with an Invocation involving a rose.
It’s been a rough year. Bimonthly releases has been a scramble. We’ve got one more issue in the works for January, and then we’ll be going back to intermittent releases as an issue is really ready. Thank you for your support and patience along the way, as we find our footing in this wobbly, wacky world.