Does the sex advice in men's magazines actually help guys become better in the sack? Does it turn them into annoying sexual know-it-alls? Or does reading all this erotic wisdom just increase many men's performance anxiety, leaving them more stressed out than ever about how to please women?
"Men's magazines" is an elastic publishing category, including everything from Playboy to GQ to Men's Journal to Maxim. Virtually all the major men's publications cater (at least ostensibly) to straight guys, and almost all offer regular sex advice columns of one kind or another. Sometimes, the writing is horrifying: researchers in Britain reported last year that the advice many lad mags gave about women was indistinguishable from the excuses given by convicted rapists.