For this post, I will be discussing Salacious Magazine. This magazine was created in early 2011. The website calls Salacious a “Queer Feminist Sex Magazine, Radically Sex-Positive Thought-Provoking Porn.” The magazine is the brain-child of Katie Diamond, a self-described “queer comic artist who fuses art with politics, graphics with sex, and education with visuals as a method of altering societal norms and breaking down preconceived notions of gender and sexuality.” She felt that there was a need for a publication like Salacious to break down barriers and create pornography that was not homophobic, misogynistic, racist, or otherwise offensive. She works with a team of eleven others of varying gender and sexual identities, geographic locations, and specific interests within the realm of the magazine. They sell their magazine, as well as having a shop on their website and a party business. For the magazine, there are a number of regular contributors, many of whom are well-known in the kink or queer communities. The website also allows submissions. Salacious posts a wide variety of content, and targets both sexuality and art. This can include erotic drawings, smut, etc.
Salacious belongs in a queer archive because of its fearless and open dedication to queer sex and sensuality. The dominant views of sexuality focus on that of heterosexual relationships. Even porn featuring two people of the same gender is often inaccurate, or it uses heterosexual actors, thus giving a flawed portrayal. Additionally, it is often made to please heterosexual people. Salacious is made by queer people, about queer people, and for queer people.
Salacious reflects the ideas of many well-respected theorists. Berlant and Warner were proponents of breaking away from the heteronormativity and normalization of sex. Additionally, they share the view of Salacious that sex needs to be less normalized and less public. As the two orphans say, “by making sex seem irrelevant or merely personal, heteronormative conventions of intimacy block the building of nonnormative or explicit public sexual cultures.” Salacious and its board agree with this, and they intend to make queer sex more accessible to those who want it. Similarly, James Franco in Interior, Leather Bar would agree with their desire to break down the barriers surrounding sexual attraction and kink. Franco insisted that the sexual scenes of Cruising should not have been cut, and that that reflected the need of our culture to censor queer sexuality, which should be viewed as a beautiful and sensual act. Salacious is an important step in countering societally accepted media such as Playboy, and other heteronormative sexual representations. Hopefully, it will gain popularity among the queer community because I am impressed by its intersectional inclusion of those of all sexualities, races, abilities, and more.