Friends We Follow: CORSET Magazine
CORSET is the new go-to magazine for all things sexuality. ELIXHER got the chance to chat with Arielle Loren, Editor-in-Chief of CORSET. Read what Arielle had to say about creating a space for ordinary people to experience healthy conversations around sexuality.
ELIXHER: Tell us a little about CORSET. What inspired you to create it?
ARIELLE: As a sexuality writer and activist, my supporters always asked me to start a magazine that took what I did on a daily basis and made it into a communal endeavor for more like-minded people and diverse voices. CORSET is that dream manifested. There’s nothing like us on the market. We embrace curiosity. We honor sensuality. We celebrate sex.
ELIXHER: Who should read CORSET?
ARIELLE: Anyone who is curious about sexuality and wants a safe space to explore it should read CORSET. We have readers of all ages: twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, senior citizens, you name it. We’re all about sex education, but from a positive, sensual, and stimulating perspective. But more importantly, we’re a platform for ordinary people to share their sexuality stories and read the stories of others.
ELIXHER: What topics does the magazine tackle? Is there any subject matter that’s off limits?
ARIELLE: Our first issue was dedicated to nudity, and received a phenomenal response. We had writers and photographers discuss the topic from all sorts of perspectives, including motherhood, religion, eating disorders, and more.
Our second issue is all about orgasms. We put even more content in this issue, and have pieces exploring the topic through stories of masturbation, 15-minute partner orgasms, lesbian sex, and plenty of other subtopics.
We’re planning for our third issue, which is going to tackle the topic of oral pleasure. Every issue will have a theme, but I have yet to encounter a subject matter that’s off limits. If we are the go-to magazine for all things sexuality, we should be open to discussing any and everything. And that’s what we intend to do over time.
ELIXHER: How much content is geared towards LGBT women? And how do you engage both straight and LGBT women without alienating the other?
ARIELLE: The beautiful thing about CORSET is that women submit a lot of the content, and therefore, it’s primarily women focused. Surprisingly, regardless of sexual orientation, a lot of the articles are sexual orientation neutral, and appeal to readers practicing various sexuality lifestyles. That being said, we did publish an awesome piece penned by Afiya Shani Williams in our Orgasms issue, which was entitled, “Save the ‘O’ in Boy: Why Lesbians Don’t Need Men to Have Sex.” Obviously, it was specifically lesbian focused, but I found that many of our non-LGBT readers enjoyed it as well.
Our community is so powerful because we do create a space for many different types of stories, and as Editor-in-Chief, I’m always embracing of our LGBT contributors. We have quite a few, even though it might not be outright apparent as some choose to write pieces that aren’t LGBT specific. We also have LGBT advertisers that support the work that we do. The LGBT greeting card company, Aesthetically Spoken (http://aestheticallyspoken.com/), was one of our sponsors for last issue, and from what I hear, more than just our LGBT readers were excited about what they’re doing. CORSET’s community embraces each other.
ELIXHER: You’ve written extensively about human sexuality. But as you’ve mentioned in the most recent Corset (“The Orgasms Issue”), you’re still curious and learning about a lot of things. What’s something surprising you’ve recently learned about sex?
ARIELLE: I call myself a lifetime devotee and student of all things sexuality. I am always learning and don’t ever plan to stop. Sex is so intricate, as is sexuality, so it is impossible to truly be an “expert” even if you are extremely knowledgeable. Right now, I am exploring sexuality for its healing properties, and reading a lot about Taoism and other ancient traditions that have used sex for centuries as elixirs for disease, physical aging, and spiritual purposes. I feel like many contemporary societies focus too heavily on the secular aspects of sex, and have lost sight of its deeper benefits. I’m working on a book that I hope will provide some sort of balance to this conundrum and add to the phenomenal work that’s already out there. There will always be something for everyone to learn about sex. I’m just happy to share my personal discoveries and hear the journeys of others.