From fun, filthy and raw NSFW dating advice to what each Oscar-nominated film would smell like in perfume form, there are endless opportunities to uncover the up-and-coming zines and newsletters who are featuring people you probably haven’t heard of — but will be glad that you did. Below, these four publications have been very good to my inbox lately.

Salty.

“So, you’ve got herpes…so fucking what?” is the Instagram post that majorly won me over on the new NSFW newsletter Salty, the “feminist dating, sex and relationship” twice-monthly newsletter talking about sex and dating in a refreshingly candid — and refreshingly not precious — way. The first issue features everything from “How to get a sex slave to clean your apartment” to a piece on trans dating.  

Ravenous Zine

If Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run With the Wolves spoke to you, have I got a zine for you. Ravenous explores Estes’ archetype of the wild woman through “visual art, feature articles, and interviews, with an emphasis on activism and self-care.” Ravenous goes beyond being a very pretty, very well-curated zine, however. They also offer “custom underground tasting experiences”, with the first one happening March 29 in New York City.

Sister

Sister has been around for a minute now, since 2012 to be exact, but I just found out about it recently because of their new issue launch, “The Sad Issue”. It’s a UK-based publication oriented toward feminism and culture. From Lara Bailey’s beautiful monochromatic photo project “GRL” to an interview with Amika George, the 18-year-old founder of #FreePeriods, Sister is as stylish as it is radical.

The Dry Down

The Dry Down has given me an entirely new appreciation for perfume, starting when I read my first Dry Down piece “Now That’s What I Call ‘90s Perfume Hits”. Created by writers Rachel Syme and Helena Fitzgerald, The Dry Down is, as you may have guessed already, more than just the nuts and bolts of perfume. Scent is the strongest memory trigger, and with that romantic notion in mind, there are many wonderful reflections on history, culture, and personal tales.

Courtesy of Rachel Syme

 

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