Gent (magazine)

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Gent
CategoriesPornographic magazine
Frequency12 / year
First issue1957
CompanyMagna Publishing Group
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Websitehttp://www.gentonline.com/
 
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Gent
CategoriesPornographic magazine
Frequency12 / year
First issue1957
CompanyMagna Publishing Group
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Websitehttp://www.gentonline.com/

Gent Magazine is a pornographic magazine published by the Magna Publishing Group, which also publishes Swank, Genesis, Velvet and many other popular men’s magazines. It has a theme of women with large breasts, and is subtitled "Home of the D-Cups."

Begun in 1957 by Excellent Publications, Inc. as The Gent, it was one of a number of "skin magazine" startups at the time aimed at male readers in imitation of Playboy and hoping for similar success.[1] It was soon prosecuted for obscenity by the United States Postal Service, but was found not obscene at that time. Skin magazines in general and Gent specifically proved to be a fiction market for popular writers like Harlan Ellison, one that was more open because it was "a little less constrained by fiction market formulas."[2] It was again prosecuted in New York State, but the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that since it was not hardcore pornography it could not be found to be obscene.[3] The case has been described as "for a time and perhaps even now [in 2003], [...] the single most important obscenity case decided" by that court and "the focal point for addressing the issues of legal regulation of obscenity in New York."[4] It was prosecuted again in Arkansas, where a jury convicted it, but the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the case,[5] bundling it in Redrup v. New York.

It continued to be a market for popular fiction through the 1970s,[6] 80s (then put out by Dugent Publishing Corp.)[7] and 90s,[8] publishing pieces such as "Strawberry Spring" by Stephen King.[9] In later years, it was owned by the Princeton Media Group, publisher of other similar magazines such as Oui[10] at which time it was derided by some as a "working-class Playboy wannabe," and overshadowed by the publicity surrounding Hustler publisher Larry Flynt [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gottfried, Ted. Censorship. Marshall Cavendisj Benchmark; 2006. p. 44.
  2. ^ Weil, Ellen and Gary K. Wolfe. Harlan Ellison: the edge of forever. Ohio State University; 2002. p. 12.
  3. ^ Weaver Jr., Warren. Magazine Wins Obscenity Test; Court of Appeals Decides 4 to 3 in Favor of 'Gent'. New York Times. May 26, 1961.
  4. ^ Meyer, Bernard S. Burton C. Agata, and Seth H. Agata. The history of the New York Court of Appeals, 1932-2003. Columbia University Press; 2006. p. 274.
  5. ^ Court Split on Obscenity. Beaver Country Times. May 9, 1967.
  6. ^ Writer's Market '76 p. 231.
  7. ^ Fiction Writer's Market, 1982-83 p. 418.
  8. ^ Novel & Short Story Writer's Market: 2,200 Places to Sell Your Fiction; 1998. p. 361.
  9. ^ Spignesi, Stephen J. The essential Stephen King: a ranking of the greatest novels, short stories. Career Press, Inc.; 2003. p. 165.
  10. ^ Lane, Frederick S. Obscene profits: the entrepreneurs of pornography in the cyber age. Routeledge; 2000. p. 191.
  11. ^ Vaccariello, Linda (February 1997). "A Lion in Winter". Cincinnati Magazine 30 (5): 39. 

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