I wrote about Leste awhile ago in a sex zine and journal roundup and I’m really pleased to post here about Leste again because I’m a contributor to its denary issue.
In the past five years or so, there have been a number of new sex zines and journals being published, all seeking to explore more alternative and political forms of pornography, explicit art, erotica and writing about sex. They kind of pick up where Nerve.com left off, but also, they are rawer, queerer, and notably, print-based. Of these, I was always drawn to Leste because their politics are more radical.
From Leste’s website:
The central mandate of Leste is to uplift and promote marginalized and underrepresented voices. We believe in the importance of acknowledging the erasure of these perspectives in popular media and responding by championing independent media and a variety of different sexual lives, bodies and experiences.
Leste relies on the idea that erotica can be more than transgressive, edgy or niche. Our sexual lives are inherently political.