This may sound strange, coming from a girl, but I love Playboy. Probably not for the same reason men do. I don’t want to look at the “Big Boobs” issue, or the “MILF” issue, or anything like that. No, I just really like the logo and the idea of the company, the legacy and the brand.
I guess it all began as a young girl, discovering my dad’s Playboy mags. For some reason my sister and I would be aware when a new edition arrived, and we would figure out where to go find it – just to see what was inside. I don’t know why. Maybe it was the taboo-ness of it. Part of it was curiosity – trying to figure out why the boy in the neighborhood were all buzzing about. And partly just trying to better understand, what men found sexy, attractive, and alluring about women.
Fast forward to college, when my then-fiance would get Playboy delivered every month. I think I might have even bought him the subscription. I looked forward to that magazine as much as he did. And I really did read it for the articles. I don’t remember any of the women in the pages, but the interviews of the latest hollywood man de jour always fascinated me. Around the same time I did a paper on the company for a business class, and decided I liked it even more when I discovered a woman was running it.
After college my romance with Playboy was forgotten as I got busy with life. And forgot as well were bits of myself, my sexuality and my feminine nature. Fast forward to my 30th birthday when the brand started to make a resurgence – as did my girlie nature. I bought a couple Playboy logo t-shirts and wore them not only because I like the logo, but because there was a bit of shock value added to it. Then the Girl’s Next Door came out and everyone started being more comfortable with the Playboy brand. Suddenly my t-shirts lost all shock value and just were. But at the same timeThe Girls Next Door made owning some logo wear feminine and girlie and allowed a lot of us to give ourselves permission to access that sexy feeling.
Now I still love the the brand. And I love how Hef was and still is very active in woman’s rights. But I rarely buy the magazine, because the articles aren’t that on-point, nor that well written and enticing anymore. Maybe this is what happens when a woman is no longer in charge? Plus, there are much better online sources to find out what goes on in a man’s head. Which is sad. But I still love the logo. I still feel sexy and feminine wearing anything Playboy. And I still like looking occasionally between the pages to see what men think is sexy and enticing in a tasteful way.
So what do you think women? Do you love the Playboy brand? Why or why not.Pin It
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