I have had a subscription to PLAYBOY magazine for as long as I have had the resources to pay for it. In fact I can’t remember a time when I purchased it in a store. My entire adult life I have had it delivered to my door and looked forward to it arriving every month. In these times of unlimited access to any form of image imaginable (thanks to the Internet) I can say with a straight face and total truthfulness that I get PLAYBOY magazine so that I can read the articles.
That used to be a joke of course. Why would any person of the male gender pay good money to “read” a magazine like PLAYBOY? The answer is quite complex. At the root is the fact that the magazine is well written. Even the stories that go along with the pictures of women in various states of undress are well written. Now don’t get me wrong; I DO look at the pictures, but usually with an eye for the photographic skill or curiosity at the latest celebrity who decides that it would be a good career move to pose for the magazine sans clothes. But the point is that the pictures are not my main motivation in obtaining the magazine. It takes me on the average about an hour to read everything in PLAYBOY I wish to read. Of that time I spend maybe 2 minutes looking at the pictures, maybe.
The other factor, in the magazine being more satisfying to read than look at the pictures, is because, quite frankly, the pictures are boring. Airbrushed (Photoshopped) to perfection they do not represent the girl next door, but rather the “fantasy” of the girl next door. Now these images might be exciting to teenage boys or even young adult males looking to make their way in the world, but I believe a well grounded “Adult” male knows what the reality is and even bachelor “players” know that the a real woman does not look like that. It’s like looking at a picture taken by the Hubble telescope. It might be pretty to look at, but I’m never going to be able to get there, really.
So, “What kind of man reads PLAYBOY?” I think…..All kinds; and some women too. The articles are insightful, informative, educational, entertaining, and sometimes sexy and titillating. (A lot more than the pictures.) Exactly what a good magazine should be. They take contributions from some of the best writers in the world. They cover a variety of subjects including current events and past history, politics, fashion, sports, humor, celebrity, sexuality and media entertainment. And if you agree with Mr. Hefner’s politics and philosophies or not, his editorials do provide some food for thought, and invite debate, if nothing else. That’s why I read the articles. They are a Good Read, and worth the 40 bucks a year. The pictures are just an added bonus.