Granted, this is a 1979 copy of Playgirl, but it just gave me pause.
Theoretically, Playgirl Magazine is the companion to Playboy -- a magazine with nude pinups of men for women to gawk at.
Now, look at this cover:
Let me point out:
* Picture of Mork making goofy face on cover. With a "fake" Mindy -- a "Mary Sue Mindy," to be sure. The Mindy that could be YOU.
* "Confessions of Topless Dancer" -- Why am I reading about women being sexually exploited in this magazine? Isn't this magazine supposed to make me feel like I'm sexually exploiting the other gender?
* "What To Do When You're Crazy About Him But He Dresses Funny" -- like, for example, you are dating Mork.
* "Ten Ways To Really Turn Him On" -- #1: Buy Him "Playboy."
* "1,000 Hysterically Funny Words From Martin Mull" -- my point exactly.
Basically, this magazine looks more like an issue of Redbook than a porn tabloid. And I guess if you're a housewife in the 1970s and the idea of women buying such material is still taboo, this would be a great way to disguise things.
And there IS the little red banner down the right corner touting sexy European men.
And...I will admit...I did experience a gentle moment of excitement at the sight of the Faux Mindy pawing at hairy Robin Williams' naked chest.
Anyway, here is an example of Playboy from the same year:
The old debate: do women enjoy their erotica the same way that men do?
Could there ever be a counterpart to "Hooters" that caters to women, for instance?
And could a comic only featuring cheesecake men appeal to female readers in the same way Witchblade appeals to male readers?
Oh that's right...it's called "Nightwing" (ba-dump-bump!)