Manshots was a gay pornography magazine published in the United States from 1982 to 2005. The magazine was known for its explicit content and its focus on gay male sexuality.Image:manshots-sample-cover

Manshots was founded by Donald R. Embinder, a businessman and gay rights activist. The magazine's early issues featured pictorials of amateur models and readers submitted photos, as well as articles on erotic fiction, safe sex, and HIV prevention. Over the years, Manshots became known for its explicit photo spreads of professional pornographic actors and models.

The magazine's content was controversial and often faced legal challenges and censorship. In the mid-1990s, the magazine became embroiled in a lawsuit brought on by the United States Postal Service, which sought to classify the magazine as obscene and ban its distribution. After a lengthy legal battle, the court ultimately ruled in favor of Manshots, cementing its place as a legal and protected form of free speech.

Despite its success and loyal readership, the magazine faced financial difficulties in the early 2000s due to the increased availability of online pornography. The magazine's final issue was published in 2005, after a 23-year run.

While Manshots was controversial and at times faced criticism for its content, it remains an important historical reference for the history of gay male pornography in the United States. Its archives and back issues continue to be a valuable resource for researchers, historians, and individuals interested in the history of pornographic media and sexuality in the United States.{{Categories}}

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