To celebrate its 10th birthday, Archer has produced its first-ever issue themed around PLEASURE. In true Archer style, it’s not what you’d expect!

Editor-in-chief Roz Bellamy says:

“In this issue, you will find that pleasure can be found in experiences as versatile as the crinkling of sheets to unwrapping cheese from butcher’s paper.

“It can be found in drinking a hot chocolate and masturbating on a Sunday, in giving or receiving satisfaction as a professional Domme, and in expressing gender euphoria.

“It can be found amid anxiety, sadness, stress and grief – which, at this time, is something we can all take away from this issue.”

Interview with Joan Nestle
Katia Ariel on motherhood and grief
Erin Riley on food and pleasure
Caitlin McGregor on the pleasure of autism
Lauren French on sexuality
Vex Ashley on ethical porn
Hini Hanara on queer-friendly funerals
Bebe Oliver on happiness
Interview with Pro Dommes Alani and Danielle
Patrice Capogreco on sex and cancer
Euphemia Russell on memory and body
Jessamyn Stanley on naked yoga
“Gender pleasure” image editorial
by Hailey Moroney

“My inner gay boi daydreamed of disco hearses and leather-clad trans men carrying coffins on their shoulders. Cher, straddling a cannon, would serenade mourners as glittery ashes are shot through a smoke and laser haze. Give me Dykes on Bikes flying lesbian pride flags at half-mast. Give me queer death doulas educating our people on end-of-life care. Give me permaculture queers advocating for natural burial. Give me permission to grieve. I want it all.”
- Hini Hanara

“When I think about that community, I think about the older lesbian women who made love to me, who taught me how to make love – I think of how they risked everything for a touch – and for me, the real challenge of it is: how do you remember the ephemeralness of a touch, of a kiss? How do you bring that into the history of humankind?”
- Joan Nestle

“… I also think that autistic pleasure is queer, in and of itself. It’s queer in its non-normativity, in its subversiveness, and in its consequent proximity to shame and otherness. In its capacity to bust open old ideas, and reshape what we think of as good.”
- Caitlin McGregor