The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, July 26, 2003

(blogathon 2003)
Getting back to the subject of pornography... Actually, as I commented below, I think the word loses some of its meaning when you apply it to publications as different as Playboy and Penthouse. As far as I'm concerned, Playboy features lots of sex jokes, innuendo and lifestyle news, along with nude photos and art. What it doesn't have--at least, the last time I looked, which was years ago--is actual photos of sex acts. Penthouse and Hustler, among others, crossed that frontier long ago. To me, that's the key difference. Playboy and Maxim and Stuff are all pretty much on the same level, in my mind, with Playboy's content being a distinct notch higher.

In any case, I was moving some furniture last night, and uncovered a stash of about 30 issues of Playboy, circa 1996-98, left behind by an ex-roommate. I haven't had a chance to look through all of them, but I have skimmed a couple. The pictures aside (of course), the articles and interviews do make for some worthwhile reading. I'll have to absorb them for a while before I re-stash them.

Actually, I would get rid of them, but it seems like such a waste. Probably won't happen until I move out of here. I wonder if they're worth selling?