The most enduring and culturally impactful aspect of Penthouse Forum has been its notorious letters section, the first example of “fan fiction”—decades before Fifty Shades of Grey. Forum letters claimed their own place on the forefront of mainstream, mass-market erotica by giving readers a truly behind-the-scenes look at what their neighbors do after dark—and sometimes in the afternoon—as well as a place to share their own experiences.
Most intriguing of all, it was meant to be read by men and women alike!
The 45th Anniversary issue blends a fond, playful look at its roots with more contemporary content. The lead feature revisits a selection of ’70s-era letters depicting the May/December romance of a mid-twenties man and a mid-sixties woman; the possibilities of cannabis as an aphrodisiac; and a couple’s first attempt at bondage—carried out with a plaster body cast. The main pictorial features porn star Ash Hollywood in a layout whose vintage look will be immediately familiar to long-time readers. Alongside columns by Dennis Hof and Mandy Stadtmiller and a new batch of soon-to-be-classic letters, the latest Penthouse Forum proudly and boldly carries on the vision of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione.
The April/May issue of Penthouse Forum is on sale now at newsstands or online at PenthouseForum.com/Forum45.
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