The Porn Project #1 front cover

The Porn Project #1 front cover

Self Published in 2007

While some people are put off by any hint of amateurishness in a zine, I typically find it endearing.  There is something a little annoying about a zine that’s too slick or perfect. No one is likely to accuse The Porn Project’s inaugural issue of being too slick.  For one thing, unlike most zines which are saddle-stitched (stapled in the middle) each issue of The Porn Project is lovingly hand assembled and bound with a rubber band.

Usually I appreciate that sort of personal attention to each issue of a zine, but that amateurishness makes the cover price of $5 seem a bit stiff. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the fine ladies of The Porn Project are profiteering.  Doubtless the writers and publishers of this would be fortunate if they broke even financially.  Still $5 bucks is a hefty price tag for a publication of this type.

If that were the only thing wrong with The Porn Project, I would give it my hearty endorsement.  Alas, despite its name, The Porn Project is devoid of anything approaching porn.  Instead, you get bad poetry and some ho-hum “herotica.”  It’s a shame really since girl porn tends to be much better than boy porn; I expected a much better offering from an all woman porn product.

That said, the first issue did show promise and the women of The Porn Project do deserve some praise for getting off their asses and making the sort of porn they like instead of griping about the sort that other people make (yes, I am fully aware of the irony here.)

If you want to get a copy in your own sweaty palms, you can contact The Porn Project via MySpace at www.myspace.com/thepornproject. (Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did.)

The Porn Project Issue 1