Justice Weekly Magazine was a popular Canadian tabloid publication that was published weekly from 1949 until 1972. It featured news about Canadian and International criminal justice cases, and issues concerned with punishment (especially corporal punishment) in institutional and domestic environments.
Justice Weekly also featured considerable erotically-oriented content particularly concerned with discipline and cross-dressing themes of particular interest to fetishism enthusiasts. It ceased publication when its publisher retired.
Justice Weekly, although containing quite bizarre content, (especially a letters section where correspondents would convey various *presumably largely fictional* experiences in situations involving punishment, cross-dressing, humiliation and discipline in domestic situations or scholastic/authoritarian environments, and personal advertisements where fetishists could contact others of like-interests) was quite widely read and enjoyed a large circulation most of its existence.
A 1950's Pierre Berton newspaper column in the Toronto Star newspaper indicated Justice Weekly had a circulation not far behind Maclean's at that time, and enjoyed higher circulation than many more mainstream magazines in Canada, including well known publications such as Time and Chatelaine. Berton expressed amazement that such sensational content had such wide distribution yet so little prominence in the public imagination.
Many larger library periodical collections in Canada maintain a Justice Weekly archive. Similar archives are kept by some LGBT organizations, and Justice Weekly articles and letters are occasionally reprinted or published on the internet in fetish websites.
Justice Weekly content had some recurring themes; popular topics were discipline, punishment and humiliation of males (especially 'errant husbands' and spoiled post-adolescent children) by authoritarian/domineering females, transvestites and authority figures such as school principals, judges and law-enforcement officials.
Despite the fetish related aspects of much of the editorial and advertising content of Justice Weekly, it is considered a reliable source of news and its journalism was regarded as reliable in the most part. When several infants in Canada in the late 1960s suffered botched circumcisions (in one case leading to the child being given a sex reassignment and raised as a female) Justice Weekly reported the story and the malpractice judgement against the physician responsible. News stories that had any fetish/erotic potential for persons with interests in Sadism and masochism, bondage and domination, cross-dressing or corporal punishment were of particular interest editorially to Justice Weekly. Many details of these stories emerged in Justice Weekly that would have been regarded as too-risque to print in the 'family'-oriented daily newspapers and newsmagazines. Justice Weekly has become a good reference for information about issues relating to crime and sexuality during the era it was published in large part due to its more comprehensive reporting on such topics.
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