On the day of my job interview at Playgirl , the 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.
They Couldn’t Get Past the ‘Mimbos’
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WHEN Mark Graff, a longtime veteran of adult entertainment, founded Playgirl TV in , he wasn't necessarily interested in liberating women to enjoy the pleasures of erotic entertainment; he was more interested in exploiting them, as an underserved market. Graff, who had created Spice Entertainment, a raunchier alternative to Playboy TV, had always believed that women were among Spice's loyal viewers, although the content, like most pornography, was made with men in mind. Graff says, sitting in his office the in the East 40's. It had to be a lot of housewives. Never mind that these days, the name Playgirl is most widely associated with a magazine of mild gay pornography; Mr.
What Women Want to Watch
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. They aspired to bring Playgirl back to its roots, back to a time when the magazine covered issues like abortion and equal rights, interspersing sexy shots of men with work from writers like Raymond Carver and Joyce Carol Oates. All the while, the editors juggled the demands of the publisher, Blue Horizon Media, which they said pushed to fill Playgirl with even more nudes and fewer words.
Playgirl was an American magazine that featured 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 women , although 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. In Lambert sold Playgirl to Ira Ritter who took over as publisher.