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.
A Penis on Every Page: The Rise and Fall of Playgirl
When she would meet them, there was often a curious vapidity to the men, who Ms. Readers, Ms. Caldwell decided, deserved more.
So she and her fellow editors, all women in their 20s and all relative neophytes to the world of magazines — and pornography — resolved to fill Playgirl with something different. They aspired to bring Playgirl back to its roots, back to a time when the magazine covered issues pinay fuck pic 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 playgirl publisher, Blue Nudes Media, which they said pushed to fill Magazine with even more nudes and fewer words. Although magazine Playgirl Web site is still running, the graphic content is geared more toward gay men. Caldwell said Playgirl magazine suffered from the twin malaises of rising costs and declining sales; Blue Horizon Media did not return repeated calls for this article.
Yet for its writers and fans, something tangible has been lost in its closure. Playgirl was started 35 years ago as a feminist response to Playboy and Penthouse. Playboy sued Playgirl in for trademark infringement; the suit was settled amicably. Over the years, the playgirl changed ownership, began catering more to gay men, and whittled its operations down.