Article by Team Penthouse
Eat Right Conceptual ARt

A lifestyle change can add to your health and get you feeling good this spring. Here are some new ways to approach the pantry that we can get behind.

You need not focus on the “die” part of diet. You can eat right, have fun doing so, and look great in your clothes — or, y’know, out of them.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Fitness Trends Conceptual Art

Some health, wellness, and exercise trends are so ridiculous, you don’t need a degree in nutrition or kinesiology to declare them bogus. But what about trends less easily dismissed? These are trickier — approaches and practices that might have some scientific substance, or work for some people, but ultimately don’t have what it takes to be champions.

Fitness trends can be a lot more trendy than actually helping with fitness. Join us as we wander through just a few of the crazes in this weird world.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Bogus and Not So Much

Joining a long line of phony-baloney approaches to health and fitness (a legacy that includes leeches, vibrating slimming belts, oxygen bars, and the Shake Weight) are five more recent trends that we call “bullshit” on.

We call them Bogus Health Trends because our lawyers would not let us call them worse. You may call them whatever you wish, depending upon the company present, but you might not want to call any of these your own.

Activated Charcoal

Believers claim ingesting activated charcoal scrubs your innards and purifies your blood. But in truth? It doesn’t do shit. You’d have to swallow an ungodly amount for it to create any gut action, and it doesn’t even circulate in your blood. Doctors do administer mega-doses if someone swallows poison or too much of a drug, but you don’t want to go that route. For one thing, you’d be constipated for a week.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Fitness Podcast Options

Here are some of the podcasts we’re listening to right now, either as inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, or a welcome distraction during workouts.

Fitness Podcasts: The Dumbells

Fitness buffs/comedians/hosts Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger riff about “training dirty, eating clean, and living in-between” on this weekly show. Like many podcasts, there’s a lot of inane banter, poop jokes, and product plugs; once it gets going, though, their conversation runs the gamut of fitness-related issues: diet vs. exercise, weight loss, nutrition, choosing a gym, motivation strategies, sleep, injuries, lifestyle changes, and specific sports like boxing, basketball, running, and weightlifting. It’s chit-chatty and fun, appropriate for both gym rats looking for advice and couch potatoes in need of encouragement.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Amy Alkon
Modern Feminism Conceptual Art

This view of women as weaklings helps no one, and today’s university-powered feminism does actual harm as well.

The Perils and Prudery of Victim Feminism

Bora Zivkovic is a Belgrade-born scientist and writer who settled in North Carolina after doing research at NC State. Slightly built, with round wire-rim glasses, poofy graying hair, and a prominent nose, he’s friendly, energetic, and passionate about science and science writing. Photographed from certain angles, he has the look of a cartoon owl.

A man who helped organize the popular ScienceOnline conferences in the Research Triangle near Raleigh, Zivkovic earned the nickname “Blogfather” for his role as editor of the Scientific American blogs network. He also served as series editor of a yearly anthology of the best online science writing. Well-known for promoting science journalism, Zivkovic assisted numerous young science bloggers, and took pride in his efforts to encourage and support women interested in writing about science.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Camille Todaro
Facebook Live Suicide Conceptual Art

What my friend’s very public demise taught me about mental health and social media.

Losing Nikki

Nikki Shriver and I met while working at a Daytona Beach strip club in 2009.

I was dancing my way through my bachelor’s degree and Nikki, like a lot of people, was searching for a more financially comfortable life that didn’t come at the cost of the 9-to-5 grind.

Every weekend we shared the stage, gyrating in the neon haze before captivated men waving dollar bills. Every night, we followed the same routine when we weren’t onstage: walk the floor in our heels, pick a table, take a seat, shake hands, and bat our lashes. Find something in common with the client and build on it. Close the sale.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Matt Gallagher
War Crime Pardons Conceptual Art

In late 2019, President Trump pardoned three American servicemembers for war crimes committed overseas. Here’s why that actually harms the military.

This past November, President Trump issued pardons for two convicted war criminals, Major Mathew Golsteyn and First Lieutenant Clint Lorance, and reversed the demotion of another, Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher (of no relation to this here scribe).

Made in the midst of impeachment buildup, the decision caused a firestorm in the military and in veterans’ communities — proponents saw it as evidence that the president was honoring his recurring pledge to “love our military.” Detractors argued that it was an act of political opportunism, one that both attacked the military justice system and normalized the abnormal for a citizenry largely removed from the realities of modern war.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Thomas Negovan
On the set of Caligula

Recut and restored, a legendary film returns thanks to a spectacular archival discovery.

Our Founder’s Erotic Film “Caligula” gets Rediscovered

Depending on the predisposition of the source, history remembers Bob Guccione either as an ostentatious creative spirit or a ruthlessly clever businessman — the reality probably lies somewhere in the middle. What’s certain is that the Penthouse magazine founder loved a challenge, loved exceeding expectations, and lived to push the envelope, weighing in via his publication on charged social and cultural issues, and highlighting the centrality of sex in human life.MORE from Penthouse

Article by Team Penthouse
Josh Meyer - Social Artist

Josh Meyer didn’t grow up with the goal of making erotic drawings. In fact, the 40-year-old Kansas native has a background in experimental theater.

After meeting collaborator Matt Hislope in a University of Kansas theater production, he and Hislope moved to Austin, Texas, in 2001, where they founded Rubber Repertory. For ten years the duo staged innovative conceptual theater, work that earned them multiple Austin Chronicle cover stories, including one issue that showed them naked, wrapped in rope, beside an agility tunnel outfitted with human arms.

Rubber Repertory’s productions were sexual, experimental, controversial, and helped “Keep Austin Weird,” as the slogan goes. After leaving Austin in 2013 and founding an artist residency in Lawrence, Kansas, Meyer headed to Los Angeles. He landed a few choice roles in No Country for Old Men, Dope, and Suburbicon, before the hustle started to wear thin.

“Even when your acting career is going really well, it still feels so disempowering,” he tells Penthouse. “I started making art to feel like I had control over something. Something that felt more tangible. I probably also did it so I could have an identity beyond just being an actor. Pretty sure that one out of every four dating-app profiles in L.A. says, ‘No actors,’ so it felt good to be able to hide behind something else.”

Meyer tells us about the time he was in college, when he had a job working at a radio station for the blind. Every Sunday morning, an “alluring woman” would come in to read, and would describe the latest issue of Penthouse for the station’s listeners.

“I’m pretty sure they played it as part of the late-night programming,” he remembers. “Anyways, 20-year-old me was fascinated by her, but I was way too shy to actually initiate a conversation. I do remember smelling the recording booth after she left, though. She wore the headiest scent.”

Meyer’s drawings are freaky, oddball depictions of naked bodies in erotic positions. They also have a trippy Ralph Steadman-like quality when he plays with color, which makes the art seem like it was fueled by PCP.

“I like it when the [body’s] forms become characters or landscapes,” Meyer says. “I like seeing what kinds of strange and kinky stories emerge when body parts from sexual imagery are isolated, layered, and distorted.”

Meyer is not a trained artist. He started sketching for fun, so most of his inspiration comes from other experimental theater types, like Taylor Mac, Deborah Hay, Yoko Ono, and Miranda July. However, Instagram has enabled him to develop his art and grow a following one hashtag and like at a time.

“If we’re getting more into therapy mode, I’m sure part of why I draw erotic art is to signal to the world that I’m a sexual person,” he says. “I do sometimes get self-conscious about all the big boobs I’m drawing, so I’ll start drawing smaller boobs and maybe even some dicks, but that never lasts very long.”

Find more of Josh Meyer on Instagram @blowupgun