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28th Sep '17 11:02:21 AM Mdumas43073
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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 Creator/JackKerouac and Creator/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 (largely due to TheInternetIsForPorn destroying their business model, but also affected by accusations of MagazineDecay (next to no articles, almost all exploitative FanService). However, they later announced that they were bringing back nude photo shoots after a year-long absence starting in 2017.

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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 Creator/JackKerouac and Creator/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 just surrounded by pictures of 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 (largely due to TheInternetIsForPorn destroying their business model, but also affected by accusations of MagazineDecay (next to no articles, almost all exploitative FanService). However, they later announced that they were bringing back nude photo shoots after a year-long absence starting in 2017.
28th Sep '17 11:01:52 AM Mdumas43073
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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 Creator/JackKerouac and Creator/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 (largely due to TheInternetIsForPorn destroying their business model, but also affected by accusations of MagazineDecay (next to no articles, almost all exploitative FanService). However, they later announced that they were bringing back nude photo shoots after a year-long absence starting in 2017.

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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 TheSeventies; ''Playboy'' paid writers nearly three times as much as other publications, meaning that it drew considerable talent, such as Creator/JackKerouac and Creator/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 (largely due to TheInternetIsForPorn destroying their business model, but also affected by accusations of MagazineDecay (next to no articles, almost all exploitative FanService). However, they later announced that they were bringing back nude photo shoots after a year-long absence starting in 2017.
27th Sep '17 11:22:55 PM kclantern1984
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Compare OrSoIHeard. Contrast with UnconventionalLearningExperience. Also see JustForFun/ComeForTheXStayForTheY.

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Compare OrSoIHeard.OrSoIHeard and JustHereForGodzilla. Contrast with UnconventionalLearningExperience. Also see JustForFun/ComeForTheXStayForTheY.
24th Sep '17 5:11:24 PM nombretomado
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Compare OrSoIHeard. Contrast with UnconventionalLearningExperience. Also see ComeForTheXStayForTheY.

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Compare OrSoIHeard. Contrast with UnconventionalLearningExperience. Also see ComeForTheXStayForTheY.
JustForFun/ComeForTheXStayForTheY.
26th Jul '17 11:27:33 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'': The game contains a number of "Playboy" centerfolds as collectibles. The games stats menu shows the amount of time looking at said collectibles as "Time spent on Playboy articles."

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* Referenced in ''VideoGame/MafiaII'': The game contains a number of "Playboy" ''Playboy'' centerfolds as collectibles. The games stats menu shows the amount of time looking at said collectibles as "Time spent on Playboy ''Playboy'' articles.""
* Taken even further in ''VideoGame/MafiaIII'', which once again has ''Playboy'' magazines as collectible items. Not only are the usual centerfolds there, but so are many of the articles, which contain interviews with famous '60s figures like historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., right-wing oil baron H. L. Hunt (known to modern pop culture as the inspiration for J. R. Ewing from ''Series/{{Dallas}}''), and anti-war [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Yale]] chaplain William Sloane Coffin.
14th Jul '17 6:04:10 PM foxley
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'': While investigating the murder of a magazine editor in "Traffic", Nichols comments that his father used to read it and remembers an article featuring Ursula Andress in a brassiere that fired bullets. When Steven wryly asks "Your father read it?", he admits it was shared, then adds there was always a fight over the crossword.
14th Jul '17 12:31:22 PM xcountryguy
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** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] about ten seconds later when Francine comes barging in and thinks that Tangueray has stolen all the jewelry and silverware. Which [[ZigZaggedTrope Stan then admits ]] that he sold to finance his latest schemes]]

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** [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] about ten seconds later when Francine comes barging in and thinks that Tangueray has stolen all the jewelry and silverware. Which [[ZigZaggedTrope Stan then admits ]] that he sold to finance his latest schemes]]
13th Jul '17 11:36:29 PM foxley
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* In the Most Unperceptive Review Ever Written, ''Country Life'' magazine praised ''Literature/LadyChatterlysLover'' 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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* In the Most Unperceptive Review Ever Written, ''Country Life'' magazine praised ''Literature/LadyChatterlysLover'' ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover'' for it's its 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....."
13th Jul '17 11:35:26 PM foxley
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Alex}}'': In one strip Clive his shocked when he flicks through his boss's collection of leatherbound Victorian pornography and discovers how explicit they are. Penny remarks that shouldn't be, as they were that era's equivalent of ''Playboy'' and ''Penthouse''. Clive responds that this is why he thought they would have the occassional article about Stephenson's Rocket or spinning jennys in them, so that a chap could claim to be reading them for that.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Alex}}'': In one strip Clive his shocked when he flicks through his boss's collection of leatherbound Victorian pornography and discovers how explicit they are. Penny remarks that he shouldn't be, as they were that era's equivalent of ''Playboy'' and ''Penthouse''. Clive responds that this is why he thought they would have the occassional article about Stephenson's Rocket or spinning jennys in them, so that a chap could claim to be reading them for that.



* 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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* In the Most Unperceptive Review Ever Written, "Country Life" ''Country Life'' magazine praised "Lady Chatterly's Lover" ''Literature/LadyChatterlysLover'' 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....."
9th Jun '17 3:47:29 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WillAndGrace'', Will mentions "actually reading ''Playboy'' for the articles" as something he used to do before he [[ComingOutStory came out]].

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* In ''WillAndGrace'', ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Will mentions "actually reading ''Playboy'' for the articles" as something he used to do before he [[ComingOutStory came out]].
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