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Hustler is a monthly men's magazine aimed at men and published in the United States. It was first published in 1974 by Larry Flynt. It was a step forward from the Hustler Newsletter which was cheap advertising for his strip club businesses at the time. The magazine grew from a shaky start to a peak circulation of around 3 million (current circulation is below 500,000). The magazine was one of the first major men's magazines in the United States to break the taboo and depict explicit photography.

Today, Hustler is still considered more explicit (and more self-consciously lowbrow) than such well known competitors as #pu#Playboy#pu# and #pu#Penthouse#pu#.

Larry Flynt Publications (LFP) also owns the Hustler Casino in Gardena, California, the Hustler Club chain of bars and clubs, and Hustler store chain that sells adult-oriented videos, clothing, magazines and sex toys. The chain's flagship store is on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Of particular infamy are Hustler's cartoons, which have often featured blatantly violent and misogynistic themes.

Another feature of Hustler is a column called "Asshole of the Month." In every monthly issue of the magazine, some public figure is selected for severe criticism as that month's asshole. An illustration showing a photograph of the criticized person's head emerging from the anus of a cartoon donkey is shown alongside the article.

In the 1970s, Hustler ran a comic strip feature entitled "Honey Hooker". In each installment, Honey would have graphic sexual encounters with any male (or female) she ran across. She might be in American colonial times one month or in a Super Bowl locker room the next. This feature was designed to compete against Playboy's Little Annie Fanny and Penthouse's Wicked Wanda. In keeping with Hustler's focus on the steamier and less romantic aspects of sexuality, Honey Hooker, unlike Fanny and Wanda, was explicitly portrayed as being a prostitute.

Hustler also features amateurs in the Beaver Hunt section of the magazine.

Hustler has long had a left-wing editorial policy on economics, foreign policy, and social issues. Flynt and Hustler are also noted for having a more populist and working-class outlook than the more upscale-oriented Playboy and Penthouse. Throughout the 1980s, Flynt used his magazine as a podium with which to launch vitriolic, obscenity-laden attacks on the Reagan Administration and the Religious Right, and even published a short-lived political magazine called Rebel. During the controversy surrounding Bill Clinton's impeachment, Flynt publicly announced his sympathy for Clinton, and offered cash rewards to anyone with information regarding sexual impropriety on the part of the president's critics. In 2003, Flynt ran unsuccessfully for the office of Governor of California during that state's recall election.

Every month Hustler is mailed, uninvited and for free, to the office of each member of the United States Congress. This practice began at some point between 1974 and 1983, and it continues as of 2010. In an interview, Flynt explained, "I felt that they should be informed with what's going on in the rest of the world ... Some of them didn't appreciate it much. I haven't had any plans to quit."

In a 1983 parody of an advertisement for #pr#Campari#pr#, Hustler described the then-prominent fundamentalist Protestant minister Jerry Falwell having a drunken, incestuous encounter with his mother in an outhouse. Falwell sued Flynt, alleging libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The case was ultimately decided by the United States Supreme Court (9-0) in Flynt's favor. The decision strengthened free speech rights in relation to parodies of public figures and inspired the movie " . . .the people vs Larry Flynt". Hustler Magazine and Larry C. Flynt, Petitioners v. Jerry Falwell No. 86-1278 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 485 U.S. 46 February 24, 1988. Chief Justice REHNQUIST, delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BRENNAN, MARSHALL, BLACKMUN, STEVENS, O'CONNOR, and SCALIA, joined. Justice WHITE, filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice KENNEDY, took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Whether liked or not, Larry Flynt has helped expand the rights of free speech in America.

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