Hello hello hello, fans of sex as art and entertainment who live all over the world! It’s the Old Soldier reporting for duty.
How’s everyone doing?
Now that I’m retired and now that I’m a full-time blogger, I have plenty of time to read. I love reading. I make full use of my public library card. The main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is about a 20-minute walk from my apartment building. I’m reading two books now that I recently checked out of the library that deal with silent films.
I’ve had a strong interest in silent films for many years. I was a Super-8 filmmaker myself many years ago and I took a class in silent films at the University of Pittsburgh when I went back to college from around 1999 to 2006 to get my BA and MFA. Even after I graduated, I was pleased to find out that I could still use my student ID to checkout silent films on video from the school’s library. Now I watch silent films on YouTube.
What do silent films have to do with the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette? Plenty.
The silent film period ran from about 1895 to around 1928, a mere 33 years, and from the very beginning of the birth of this new medium, silent films were looked down upon by actors and actresses of the legitimate, traditional theatre as trash for the ignorant working class. (The general public who were not working class also considered the new medium of film to be nothing but trash.) A working actor or actress of the stage would not be caught dead in a “flicker.”
It wasn’t until around 1915 that silent films began to be considered legitimate entertainment. Some people began to think that the new medium was an emerging art form.
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is an online girlie magazine. As a rule, girlie magazines are tolerated as a form of cheap entertainment. I contend that the girlie magazine can also be considered a work of art. How did I get the idea that a girlie magazine could be a work of art? I got the idea from Andy Warhol. My apartment building is in (North) Oakland here in Pittsburgh. Andy grew up in (South) Oakland here in Pittsburgh. I’ve made several visits to his old home every year for the past few years. No, I never go inside. People live there. I just stand across the street from the house for a few moments of quiet reflection.
The modern girlie magazine has a long history and tradition. In the early 1900s, the cost of publishing and distributing a mass-market magazine targeted for a male readership came down low enough to make the girlie magazine a viable business investment.
Now the Internet makes it possible for one person to edit and publish a girlie magazine and to distribute it (at minimum cost) to readers all over the world at the click of a mouse.
But my little girlie magazine is vastly different from its predecessors, because the vision it is based upon is different. Where previous girlie magazines described themselves as “lifestyle magazines for men,” the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a magazine about the craft of writing flash fiction; and it is also a celebration of female sexuality. It is aimed at both men and women.
Welcome to a new era of girlie magazines. Welcome to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Women And Their Changing Roles In Society
I grew up with the sexual revolution and radical feminism in the 1960s. There was a time when women who considered themselves hard-core feminists looked down upon their sisters who got married and stayed home to raise a family. Eventually, feminism came to mean choice. If a woman wanted to be a traditional stay at home wife and mother, fine. If she never wanted to get married or never wanted to have children, but wanted a career instead, fine. If she wanted a mix of the traditional and non-traditional, fine. Feminism has come to mean a woman should be able to do whatever she is able to do without being put down for wanting to do it because she is a woman. And if money is involved, she should be paid the same money as a man.
And feminism also means women (and men) should be able to celebrate female sexuality without shame. That my friends, is what we do here at the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. I definitely consider myself a feminist and as a heterosexual man I’m happy to see women challenging the limits placed upon them by a patriarchal society.
Ladies, the Old Soldier salutes you!
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette Is A Business
From the time I was eighteen years old (actually before I was eighteen because when I was around 12 years old I was a paperboy) I’ve worked for other people. It was always a dream of mine to work for myself, to be my own boss. Being my own boss was one of the compelling reasons why I wanted to be a writer.
Well, now I’m retired and finally I am my own boss. I edit and publish this online girlie magazine. Yes, this magazine is my passion, but make no mistake: it’s not a hobby. It’s a business and I run it like a business. I’m in the business of adult entertainment.
Won’t you let me entertain you?
Hail to Pitt!
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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