Porn mag ed sacked for inadequate smut
Men Only 'artistic differences' kerfuffle
The former editor of Men Only has won an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal after being shown the door for refusing requests to use younger models and "bigger and more graphic photos", The Evening Standard reports.
Pierre Perrone, 49, fell out with owner Paul Raymond's nephew, Mark Quinn, over the former's decision to target the grumble mag at "discerning older gentlemen". Perrone took the helm in 2004, when the publication's circulation was in free-fall, pressured by net smut, hardcore imports, and "competition from lifestyle magazines such as FHM and GQ".
He explained to the tribunal he "believed the title had become tired and he had tried to target the more discerning market, using slightly older models". Quinn was unimpressed, and "repeatedly ordered him to replace the chosen models with younger-looking women" while offering "more explicit" content.
As a result, Mr Perrone said these "artistic differences led to him being demoted, then axed in a sham redundancy" from his £50k a year post. Paul Raymond Publications asserted that he'd been canned because of falling sales and was "genuinely redundant".
The tribunal found in favour of Perrone, declaring: "The view we have formed is that Mr Quinn had identified the claimant to be someone he wanted out of the organisation." The panel "found the process of selecting staff for redundancy was rigged and that no effort was made to find Mr Perrone another job in the organisation".
Following its defeat, Paul Raymond Publications paid Mr Perrone an undisclosed amount - estimated to be a five-figure sum - in an out-of-court settlement. ®
Soft porn is crap (and sexist too!)
I dunno who to blame, the anglosaxon puritans or Andrea Dworkin and her 'feminist' Dworks who sidelined the womens' movement into a witch hunt against any erotica which offends to the slightest degree. (By my definition, porn is 'erotica that the mainstream doesn't approve of').
I've been living in Denmark for over a decade. I'm not a consumer of porn, but hardcore is readily available from most corner shops. You can't even get soft porn here, and there's a good reason for that: It's juvenile and idiotic.
Hardcore, on the other hand, shows women AND men (and other species and other objects) doing what comes naturally and unnaturally. There's no pretense, no hypocrisy and if the women are objectified, the men are too.
Conversely British soft porn typically shows women only, stretching out their labia and pretending to have a Meg Ryan-style fake orgasm for no apparent reason. Not really my idea of a good time.
IIRC Britain also has some absurd law about not showing the erect phallus, which means softcore porn has only women showing their bits. Ergo, softcore is more sexist (and to me, more offensive) than hardcore. The sooner Men Only and their ilk become niche products the better.
where has all the grumble gone ?
Time was, when I was a youth, that you could barely stumble through a park or hedgerow without coming across (ahem) some discarded wrist-pamphlets. Where are they now? Admittedly, I don't tend to frequent the hedgerow or even the park as much as I once did, but blimey - you could even see an occasional discarded page blowing across the street i you were lucky. Wherefore the spare skin-art now ?
Was there some sort of decision taken by people to hang on to their smut or otherwise properly dispose of it, and I wasn't informed or something ?
Frequently very much the worse for wear, largely due to the inclement weather one would hope, they required all the skill of a forensic scientist to tease the pages apart lest they disintegrate in your hands before getting a look at the goods.
I bet there's many a kid gone onto a successfully skilled career after that first scientific endeavour. Probably not as many as those whose eyesight isn't what it once was though..
I say we start a campaign to bring back the rural jazz mag - and who knows, it may even re-instill that level of care, dedication and patience so sadly missing in the youth of today.
Just a thought. I'm sure society would benefit greatly as a result.
Declining sales - the real reason?
Magazines like this have declining sales due to the fact that most 16 year old boys now have a computer (and box if tissues) in the privacy of their own bedroom and nothing to do with the content of the magazines.