Funny, I thought there would be at least one other Doper who gets the magazine, and who would have posted to agree/disagree with me. Perhaps I’m just the only one willing to admit it?
jk1245, it sooo doesn’t matter if the guy in the pictures is straight or gay. It doesn’t matter if he can spell his name, if he pulls the wings off butterflies, or if he hates black people. He just has to look ever-so-sexy in the photos, which Mr. Barone does quite nicely. Does anyone ever read the bio information about these guys, anyway? (Ok, so, I read the first few paragraphs…I had the irrational impulse to find out if there was a chance that he lived around here!) No need for defensiveness, though: real men beat magazine men every time.
There is absolutely no doubt that Playgirl has a significantly gay male readership. Hell, 90% of the ads are obviously targeted at gay men, as is some of the content. There is no such thing as porn targeted JUST at straight women – not good porn, anyway. (It doesn’t need a storyline or foreplay or ‘sensitivity’, dammit, just fewer lesbian scenes and better-looking men!)
Playgirl kind of sucks, anyway: the two columns are good, but everything else is hit-or-miss. I almost pitted it earlier this week, actually, but then I read the issue with Vince in it and became momentarily obsessed. I find lots of different kinds of men attractive, so I usually enjoy the pictorials in a general kind of way (though they seem to think that we enjoy seeing tiny mushroom caps), but there’s just something about this guy that really works for me.
I thought I could ‘share the joy,’ but, again, I seem to be the only subscriber in the room…