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10th Jan '17 6:05:37 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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10th Jan '17 6:04:57 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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[[TropeNamer Name comes from]] a common justification for reading ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' magazine, which an incredible number of people claim to only read for the articles. While certainly [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] today as a ''legitimate'' excuse, this could have reasonably been TruthInTelevision in TheSixties and TheSeventies. Playboy paid writers nearly three times as much as other publications, meaning that it drew considerable talent, such as JackKerouac and ArthurCClarke, and interviewed interesting people like [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro. It still features a variety of short stories, snippets, and interviews that wouldn't be out of place in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''... Just with naked women. This is true to the point that the Braille edition of ''Playboy'' is one of the top selling Braille magazines, even though it completely lacks [[BowChickaWowWow its usual selling point.]] To be honest, Playboy does have a startling amount of purely factual and text articles. It's either intellectual content with a pornographic bonus or [[UsefulNotes/{{Pornography}} pornography]] with an intellectual bonus. Writers will tell you that getting published in ''Playboy'' really is a big deal - and they're right. In 2015 ''Playboy'' announced they were dropping nudity.

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[[TropeNamer Name comes from]] a common justification for reading ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' magazine, which an incredible number of people claim to only read for the articles. While certainly [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] today as a ''legitimate'' excuse, this could have reasonably been TruthInTelevision in TheSixties and TheSeventies. Playboy paid writers nearly three times as much as other publications, meaning that it drew considerable talent, such as JackKerouac and ArthurCClarke, and interviewed interesting people like [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King]] and UsefulNotes/FidelCastro. It still features a variety of short stories, snippets, and interviews that wouldn't be out of place in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''... Just with naked women. This is true to the point that the Braille edition of ''Playboy'' is one of the top selling Braille magazines, even though it completely lacks [[BowChickaWowWow its usual selling point.]] To be honest, Playboy does have a startling amount of purely factual and text articles. It's either intellectual content with a pornographic bonus or [[UsefulNotes/{{Pornography}} pornography]] with an intellectual bonus. Writers will tell you that getting published in ''Playboy'' really is a big deal - and they're right. In 2015 ''Playboy'' announced they were dropping nudity.
nudity (largely due to TheInternetIsForPorn destroying their business model, but also affected by accusations of MagazineDecay (next to no articles, almost all exploitative FanService).
8th Jan '17 5:45:11 PM Quanyails
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* Homer tries to use this excuse on Marge in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', so she calls his bluff and cuts out all of the naked women. Homer sadly throws the ''Playdude'' in the garbage where Bart finds it, and apparently not realizing that something is missing, assumes the articles are what the big deal is about ([[FridgeLogic But what about the articles on the other side of the paper?]])-

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* Homer tries to use this excuse on Marge in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', so she calls his bluff and cuts out all of the naked women. Homer sadly throws the ''Playdude'' in the garbage where Bart finds it, and apparently not realizing that something is missing, assumes the articles are what the big deal is about ([[FridgeLogic But what about the articles on the other side of the paper?]])-paper?]])
5th Jan '17 5:41:27 AM LentilSandEater
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* Lampshaded on one episode of ''TheNowShow'' with a song, one of whose lines was "you don't read [[BritishNewspapers The]] [[PageThreeStunna Sun]] for the news" (as well as going through every other example of PoorMansPorn).

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* Lampshaded Used on one episode of ''TheNowShow'' with a song, one of whose lines was "you don't read [[BritishNewspapers The]] [[PageThreeStunna Sun]] for the news" (as well as going through every other example of PoorMansPorn).
8th Oct '16 4:06:32 PM Outis
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-->"Recently I was leafing through my copy of ''Throw off Your Clothes and Live''- I buy it for the chess problems..."

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-->"Recently I was leafing through my copy of ''Throw off Your Clothes and Live''- Live'' - I buy it for the chess problems..."
-->"As I was glancing through my copy of ''Forbidden Flesh Monthly'' - it's a vegetarian magazine...
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6th Aug '16 2:26:15 AM Chabal2
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'''Andy:''' I meant this baseball mitt. Now, about those magazines...

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'''Andy:''' I meant this baseball mitt. \\
'''Peter:''' I put it there to break it in.\\
'''Andy:'''
Now, about those magazines...\\
'''Peter:''' Oh, you mean my Scientific American collection?
1st Aug '16 8:30:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', where Shanna, who claims to be a lesbian, keeps around a stack of ''{{Playboy}}''... which (being a closet scifi geek) she reads for the articles.

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* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', where Shanna, who claims to be a lesbian, keeps around a stack of ''{{Playboy}}''...''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''... which (being a closet scifi geek) she reads for the articles.
11th Jun '16 2:08:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* At least at one point, ''{{Playboy}}'' sold and advertised shirts with their logo in small and the trope name in large print.

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* At least at one point, ''{{Playboy}}'' ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' sold and advertised shirts with their logo in small and the trope name in large print.
29th Jan '16 6:31:21 AM LondonKdS
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* Implied in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' with the magazine ''Back-Alley Pins''. While most pin-collector magazines treat acuphilia as SeriousBusiness, this one mostly contains pictures of young women wearing leather. "But, to be fair, they're mostly holding pins." (This is a parody of the real British motorbike magazine ''Back Street Heroes'', notorious for being crammed with pictures of scantily-clad {{Biker Babe}}s.)

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* Implied in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' with the magazine ''Back-Alley Pins''. While most pin-collector magazines treat acuphilia as SeriousBusiness, this one mostly contains pictures of young women wearing leather. "But, to be fair, they're mostly holding pins." (This is a parody of the real British motorbike magazine ''Back Street Heroes'', notorious for being crammed with pictures of scantily-clad {{Biker Babe}}s.{{Hood Ornament Hottie}}s.)
25th Jan '16 1:58:34 PM ludditetolpuddle
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* In the Most Unperceptive Review Ever Written, "Country Life" magazine praised "Lady Chatterly's Lover" for it's decription of the life and duties of a professional Gamekeeper, only noting that "regrettably, the reader has to wade through a great deal of extraneous material to reach the interesting passages....."
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