Men’s magazines refer to periodical press or electronic publications that include stories, news, pictures, and advertisements related to a central topic aimed directly at a male audience. Throughout the 20th century, the public demand for specialized information increased and the entertainment press industry responded, with niche products aimed at different groups of readers. One popular group of readers was men. This particular audience demanded information about sports, health, sex, cars, fashion, technology, and female models. So, editors published various kinds of magazines, from mainstream magazines to pornographic ones. In the 21st century, the Internet and advances in technology have impacted the press industry and progressively changed men’s magazine culture. This entry reviews the history of the men’s magazine niche.

The Beginning

In 1731 in London, Edward Cave ...

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