Respected US online magazine Eros Zine has ceased publishing, and managing editor Thomas Roche has moved to BDSM organisation Kink.com to become its public relations manager.
Veteran writer and BDSM educator Roche e-mailed contacts in mid-February to inform them that the legendary journal of erotic culture would be suspending publication on February 19.
“The Eros Guide, our parent company, has decided to focus on their core business at ErosGuide.com and will be seeking a new owner for the Zine,” he explained. “Until that happens, the Zine will remain in hiatus. The site will stay live but no new issues will be published after that date.”
Kink.com owner Peter Acworth is in no doubt that Roche will be a great addition to the team at his San Francisco Armory headquarters, helping the company to continue its focus both on sales and on community outreach and positive educational messages.
"Thomas doesn't just bring along his marketing and advertising background," says Acworth. "He's been a community sex educator for 15 years and a professional sexuality writer since the 1980s. He understands our mission, not only to provide fetish entertainment but to change the world’s thinking about alternative sexualities in general."
A widely published author of erotica and veteran of the medical advertising industry, Roche became a phone volunteer for educational group SFSI (San Francisco Sex Information) in 1993 and since 1998 has been a member of its all-volunteer training staff. He worked as marketing manager for retailer Good Vibrations from 2001 to 2004 before joining Eros Zine in 2005.
Kink.com, which today is BDSM’s most successful brand, began life as Hogtied.com, the bondage website Peter Acworth set up in 1977 while he was a PhD student at Columbia Business School. Other bondage and fetish sites were gradually added, and the group operated for seven years under the umbrella title of CyberNet Entertainment until it changed its name to Kink.com in February 2006.
A year later the company controversially acquired San Francisco’s State Armory and Arsenal, a historic landmark building, as its new HQ and movie studios. From there it now produces the content for over a dozen top-rated fetish and BDSM websites.
Not surprisingly, Roche says he sees working for Kink.com as a dream job. "They understand the power of sexual fantasy to liberate, not just to make money,” he says. “At the core of it is the belief that consensual sexual adventure is a healthy lifestyle choice.
"Having written about sex for more than two decades and taught sex ed as well, I believe Kink.com is one of the few porn companies where the dialog about sexuality is driven by the principles of the BDSM community,” he adds.
“The work is edgy and taboo, but even more importantly it's safe, sane and consensual."
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
QUICK MARCH: Following the suspension of Eros Zine last month, managing editor Thomas Roche (top) has joined Kink.com as public relations manager at its San Francisco Armory HQ (above)