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. The magazine covered issues like abortion, equal rights, interspersed with sexy shots of men, and played a pivotal role in the sexual revolution for women.
Playgirl Is Back and Very Different From Its Last Issue
Playgirl Magazine Has a New Mold and It's Not What You Think
While many magazines, including Playboy , are going out of print, one is coming back — but not as we last knew it. It also built up an army of gay readers. It turned out to be the early issues that interested him in closing the deal, of which financial terms have not been disclosed. All I knew was the things that we would see on TV that was not anything of quality or important. Playgirl archival images. Courtesy Photo.
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.
While many magazines are struggling, a celebrated s title is being relaunched to embrace modern female voices and values. M agazines tend to starve for love nowadays. But not all.