Playgirl is an American magazine that features general interest articles, lifestyle and celebrity news, in addition to nude or semi-nude men. In the s and s, the magazine printed monthly and was marketed mainly to womenalthough it had a significant gay male readership. The magazine was founded in  by Douglas Lambert during the height of the feminist movement as a response to erotic men's magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse that featured similar photos of women.
Playgirl magazine caters mainly to heterosexual women, as well as a lesser percentage of gay and bisexual men, with its main content primarily comprised of partially to fully nude male photos. In order to become a Playgirl model, you must have excellent physical attributes, a great sense of unrestrained confidence, and of course be 18 or older. Your chances will greatly increase if you happen to be well endowed.
And for a while, it was. Instead, the current Playgirl feels no more essential to women than a Chippendales ad buried in the back of a city newspaper. So what happened?
On the day of my job interview at Playgirlthe current editor in chief had flipped through an issue, giving cursory descriptions of the photos in a tone that fell somewhere between jaded and annoyed. Black guy is the centerfold in some silky bedroom, guy on a leopard print couch, another guy on leopard print pillows—he's uncircumcised—and a threesome of two guys and a girl in a car wash. I fixed a bored, nonchalant look on my face, which I hoped conveyed to her that I saw this kind of thing every day. I was then asked to write the "boy copy" to accompany a naked pictorial of well-muscled man running naked on a sand dune.
Ah, Playgirlan idea that despite being a perfect artifact of the s was nevertheless before its time. Its time being the point at which technology had advanced sufficiently to allow slow-motion pornographic GIFs on Tumblr. How did such a thing come to be, how did it work, and where did it go?
The first issue of Playgirl magazine, the now-out-of-print glossy magazine that sought to capitalize on female desire with nude male centerfolds and features articles written for and by women, came out in Junebarely four years after the Stonewall Uprising. Its first issue sold out, sellingcopies in just four days. Gay writer Matthew Rettenmund just wrote a short history of the publicationshedding light on its gradual and reluctant embrace of its gay readers.
NOT long after Nicole Caldwell became editor in chief of Playgirl magazine, she realized that looking at photos of naked men all day was not everything she had imagined it would be. When she would meet them, there was often a curious vapidity to the men, who Ms. Readers, Ms.
Skip navigation! Hot on the heels of Jake Gyllenhaal's mid-stream run in with a pee paparazzianother celebrity is in for the stalker treatment. Listen, a bagel a day does keep the doctor away — and don't let anyone tell you differently.
Last week marked the launch of the UK edition of Playgirl magazine — the title that was originally founded inat the height of the second wave of feminism, in response to men's magazines like Playboy and Penthouse. Across the pond, it's a monthly magazine aimed at heterosexual women — although half the readers are gay men — that features full-frontal nudity, and the online edition is even more explicit. But you won't find any willies in the UK edition because their research showed that delicate English roses don't like looking at naked men.